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Plan Your Week

time management Mar 28, 2023

Welcome to my blog! 

I do three things - all CA civil law related:

  • I serve as a mediator, arbitrator and referee with ADR Services, Inc.  
  • I publish California Case Summaries™ 
  • I provide Master Lawyer Mentoring™ 

This week I offer you a law practice tip.  

Plan Your Week

Regularly planning and calendaring your work will help you timely and efficiently get your work done. It's true that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Friday afternoon is a great day to plan your next week. Take time and think about your various projects and deadlines for the next week, and the projects and deadlines the people working with you need to complete next week. You should have a planner for every project, and Friday is the right time to update your project planners. 

During the week schedule 1-hour blocks of time to do un-interrupted work. Work for 50 to 55 minutes each hour. In the last 5-10 minutes of the hour, get up, stretch, and move your body. 

Take an hour for lunch each day. Go for a walk. Get outside.

Also plan your personal time for the next week. Time with your spouse or partner, your family, your friends. Activities like meditation, exercise, socializing, etc. 

Once you work out your plan for the next week, schedule the work in your calendar. Your calendar shows what is important to you. If something is not scheduled, it's not important. It won't be done.

Plan your week. Start this Friday.  


Mediation, Arbitration and Referee Services

I settle cases as a mediator, fairly decide cases as an arbitrator, and fairly decide issues as a referee at ADR Services, Inc. I handle business, employment, insurance (bad faith, coverage, UIM), probate (trust and estate), real property, and tort (elder abuse, medical malpractice, personal injury, product liability and wrongful death) cases. I bring to each matter the valuable perspective and experience of a California civil trial lawyer since 1980, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates since 1995, who has represented plaintiffs and defendants, and has served as the president of the San Diego County Bar Association. To schedule a new matter, please contact my case managers at ADR services, Haward Cho, [email protected], (213) 683-1600 or Rachael Boughan, [email protected], (619) 233-1323.

California Case Summaries

Every year California courts publish 475-550 new civil cases and many of these new cases significantly change the law. California lawyers need to know about the new cases in their practice areas, but it has historically been hard to do this because many cases are 50-100 pages long, and CA courts also publish cases in other areas including criminal law, juvenile law and family law. My publication California Case Summaries, with one-paragraph summaries, organized by legal topic, helps subscribers quickly and easily know the new cases, so they can use this knowledge to work up their active cases better, make better arguments, get bigger settlements, and win more summary judgments and trials to make more money. To subscribe, click here.

Master Lawyer Mentoring

I mentor law firm associates so they quickly learn essential skills, and strategically work up and present their cases, to get excellent results for the law firm and its clients. To more information about these services call me at (619) 990-4312 or email me at [email protected].

Until my next blog post, stay safe and healthy, and do well and be well. 

Best regards,

Monty A. McIntyre, Esq.
Mediator, Arbitrator & Referee
California Case Summaries™
Master Lawyer Mentoring™
CA Civil Trial Attorney Since 1980
ABOTA Member Since 1995
Past President San Diego County Bar Assn., SD ABOTA Chapter
Phone: (619) 990-4312. Email: [email protected]

California Case Summaries

A fast and easy way for California civil attorneys to always know the new case law in their practice areas.

You get a one-paragraph summary readable in 2 minutes, organized by legal topic, of every new California civil case published during the year. 

Click Here to Learn About California Case Summaries