In law school, procrastination may work reasonably well as a time management strategy. After all, with syllabi in hand, you can plot out your entire semester in advance, day by day and week by week. If you choose to wait to do the reading for Wednesday’s class until Tuesday night, it will probably work out fine, as long as you can stay awake as long as you need to.
Once you enter practice, it’s a different story. It is impossible to predict your schedule a week, a day, even an hour ahead of time. New assignments arrive, quiescent deals suddenly spring back to life. If you are thinking about putting off doing something in the expectation that you will have time to do it later, think again.
Of course, even the most efficient of us finds him or herself in impossible time squeezes from time to time, due solely to forces outside of our control. This will be the subject of a future post.