Forming good work habits

by Nipun Kar

The key to every successful career and life is one’s habits. As James Clear, author of ‘Atomic Habits’, noted: “You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”

Have you ever considered what the habits of legal professionals look like? Although not all habits utilised by others will be effective on you, this article will help enlighten and inspire you on the variety of habits that work on others.

As a law student or legal professional, it is likely still an understatement to say we must do a lot of reading. As such, finding effective ways to overcome this challenge is pivotal. There are many moments throughout the day when we mindlessly wait for time to pass – such as commuting on public transport or waiting for an appointment to start. This time can be dedicated to doing a few pages of reading. You may find it convenient to access textbooks on your phone or even invest in a very convenient iPad that can be used as a full work set. Using our spare time is a great system to assist us in getting through the readings.

It can also help to have dedicated study areas. A good habit is to avoid scrolling through your phone, eating, or even relaxing in your dedicated work area – your office or study room. By keeping it a study area only, you can trick your brain into being more focused and avoid distractions. At the same time, however, it is also helpful to sometimes change up study locations if studying for an extended period. You can move your studying to your veranda, balcony, library, or park. This will help avoid burnout and make studying more satisfying.

Most importantly, we should show gratitude for our position. Whether you are a law student or legal professional, complaining about your work will likely make you resent it and create unnecessary stress, affecting your performance. We should all be grateful for our current position and strive to be our best! That will create a positive mindset and form effective habits for all our work.