Business Development Goals & Planning

Get the success habit

This  past Sunday, the New York Times featured an article by David Allen, the author of the essential book about organization: “Getting Things Done”.  Here’s a link to the article.  It’s a great reminder of the four essential steps for upping your productivity and achieving a sense of calm amidst the multitude of pressures that we all face every day.

The most important step in my view is holding the weekly meeting with yourself to review your goals, download your to-do list from your head, and plan the week ahead.  Allen suggests we all take two hours for this each week.  Realistically, I think if you can simply carve out 15 to 30 minutes once a week to review goals and plan then you have made a good start. 

This weekly meeting is a chance to reflect on your personal and professional goals and to plan how you can advance these in some small way during the days ahead.  This weekly meeting is what I also call “the success habit” because it help moves you from a place of overwhelm to a place of thinking, planning and action.

Try it!

About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and one of the most senior coaches for lawyers in North America. I have helped countless clients over the past fifteen years, develop thriving legal practices and before that served as director of marketing for award-winning law firms. My specialty is uncovering the thinking traps and gaps holding clients back and helping them acquire the mindsets, skills, and habits for growing successful and rewarding legal careers. After a career in legal marketing and business development with law firms in Beijing, New York, and Vancouver, I was trained as a coach in 2004 at Royal Roads University and now coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at or learn more about my coaching practice from the coaching section of the Attorney With A Life Website.