A Big Secret of Paralegal Time Management

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Every paralegal needs to learn time management in order to survive. Still many paralegals who are not proficient in time management keep on working hours for which they are not paid. Though some blame either their fate or the law firms, it's inefficient time management which is to be blamed, as illustrated in this article.
Paralegals need to know proper time management

While browsing the web searching for nuggets of wisdom, I chanced upon an old post here http://superlegalfun.blogspot.in/2010/11/lesson-on-billable-hours.html that seemed to illustrate what I felt I needed to say quite succinctly. As the author mentions, paralegals are usually paid hourly or by salary, and their bonuses are based on billable hours – and that creates quite a problem for a paralegal who is not conscious about time management. Inefficient time management can have all sorts of consequences, from having your hours stolen from under your feet to getting fired – none of which are savory prospects.

When do you end up wasting work hours?

The answer is that certain types of work, which paralegals need to do, are not counted towards billables. Such work may include purely administrative work like secretarial duties, or working on contingent cases. However, as long as you work in a law firm, the billable hour is one of the major benchmarks of your value and usually, as the author of the referred post puts down – here is the math:

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