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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Knowledge Doesn't Always Equal Power

For me, knowledge is currently providing me with the opportunity to be weak. As most of you know, 2006 was my first complete calendar year of being an attorney. I have a billable hour requirement to meet, and the tally began in January. Throughout the year, I kept an eye on my hours and tried to make sure I was meeting the goal. There were a few times I was under, which made me a little nervous, but ever since May's jury trial, I've been "over" the target range for the time of the year. Nothin' like a jury trial to help with hours.

Anyway, checking out my hours and trying to predict how I would wind up at the end of the year was just an exercise in speculation. But now that December has arrived, things are a little more certain. My goal for the year is 1850 billable hours. That averages out to about 154 hours a month. Assuming - this is key - I work those 154 in December, I will be about 50 hours over for the year.

My firm offers bonuses for meeting billables. And as a new associate, a portion of my bonus is guaranteed, which is nice. However, when one exceeds billables, then those excess hours are put through some nebulous calculations and an even larger bonus will be in store. Which is part of the problem. Because I don't have enough to do - ha - I spent some time figuring out that: if I only work 99 hours in December, I will still meet my billable goal for the year. 99 hours? I could do that while half asleep. Wouldn't that make for a nice December?

So I'll likely spend the entire month caught between the desire to leave work early or take some time off at Christmas and the desire not to piss away my hard work all year in the space of a few weeks. My workload will somewhat dictate things, but I'll retain some control over how much I work this month. Knowledge in this case is nothing but dangerous for me...all month I'll be fighting the urge to turn into a total slacker.


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