The Digital Age is Here

We now live in the Information Age where factory jobs are on the wane and information jobs are on the rise. For lawyers, this should be a huge opportunity.

Think About It

Managing digital information requires new skills. Specifically, skills related to something called "knowledge work." And, in case you didn't know, lawyers are classic knowledge workers” because our jobs have long required us to solve problems by thinking.

Of course, there are different levels of thinking. 

Low-level thinking is about solving simple problems (i.e. busy work). Difficult problems require higher-level thinking. 

And as you probably can guess, you'll earn more when you're doing higher-level thinking.

Working Smarter

Working Smarter is about doing more high-level thinking. Because, for one thing, that’s how you’ll earn more money. But, equally important, working smarter is also about not getting burned out doing low-level busy work.

If you can get more of your knowledge work done with less effort, and less stress, then you're working smarter.

When you can earn a good living AND  have lots of free time to enjoy your personal life, then you're definitely working smarter.

But, apparently, not everyone can learn to work smarter. So, who exactly learn the better approach? Below are some key indicators:

Working Smarter is For...

  • People who want to know how things actually work (not just how they appear to work).
  • People who prefer to figure out the root causes of problems (as opposed to the superficial causes).
  • People who want to learn fundamental principles as opposed to ever-changing tactics.
  • People who understand the value of effective communication—especially good writing.
  • People who are willing to see things from a new perspective.

Working Smarter is NOT For...

  • People who crave simplistic advice (i.e. the kind that works in theory but  not in practice).
  • People who chase shiny tech objects instead of using technology strategically.
  • People who waste time in Facebook Groups arguing about which practice management software is the best.
  • People who can't grasp that the practice of law is now intricately bound up with digital technology.

New Opportunities

Writer William Gibson offered this keen observation about our Digital Age.

"The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed."

This quote went viral in Silicon Valley because it captures a strange anomaly of digital technology. 

Meaning that, if you’re in the “right place” you'll discover amazing new things. But if you’re not, it’s like you’re living in the stone age.

Some lawyers prefer to live in the past. Others welcome the future and its new opportunities for massive improvement.

Lawyers who want to leverage those opportunities should...

Learn to Work Smarter

If you want to learn to work smarter there are two good options. First, you can enroll in my Working Smarter Course (the best option).

Or, you can begin by taking a smaller step and download my Free PDF Guide.

Work Smarter. Be Happier