How To Master The 80/20 Principle in Legal Tech

by | Oct 15, 2020

Technology is the major catalytic force in most professions today.

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Whether you’re a lawyer, doctor, or a teacher, chances are you use technology daily to make your life easier and your work more productive. (Teachers more than ever in these days of the pandemic).

I’ve written and spoken a lot on the role technology plays in the day-to-day operation of a law firm (i.e., This guide on how to start a Mac law firm )

Properly leveraging technology is rare, while under-utilizing technology is more of a normal state.

You could have access to all the latest software solutions and technology – but are you truly getting the most out of them? I love the 80-20 Rule, aka the Pareto principle: 20 percent of your activity is accountable for 80 percent of your results.

Now, it doesn’t have to be 80-20; it can also be 90-10 or 85-15.

Did you know that Warren Buffet can trace 90% of his wealth from only ten investments?

Or the fact that Apple sells only 20% of the world’s smartphones but reaps 92% of the profits?

How do you apply this principle to LegalTech and make a breakthrough in leveraging technology within your law practice?

Expert status not needed to leverage tech

You don’t need to be a tech-wiz or expert to significantly increase the leverage on your technology and, in the process, reap a boost in your productivity. Nor do you need to spend thousands of dollars on legal/tech consultants.

Try working with the software you already have in place. Instead of going wide with the number of apps you use, go deep with those that matter most.

Here’s the problem: It is easy to ignore the top 20% of apps you use 80% of their time.

The new app.

The new plugin

That brand, spanking new wonder-feature that will make your life so much easier.

Easy to look