The #1 law of systems

By September 8, 2020systems

If you want an easy-to-manage law practice you need to leverage the power of systems.

But how do you start using systems if you’ve never even thought about doing so up until now?

Well, I recommend you start small and keep things simple.

Simple things are more actionable.

Because, when you stop and think about it you can easily realize…

Complexity is the enemy of execution.

So, to make your law work start to happen more easily and more systematically, you need to begin by keeping things simple.

This is the essence of “Gall’s law,” which states:

“A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work.

You have to start over with a working simple system.“ —John Gall

(By the way, If you want to delve more into Gall’s Law, here’s a good place to start).

For now, just realize that…

As you focus on systematizing your law practice, you are (in a sense) starting over.

One reason is because you have to consider how to incorporate technology effectively.

Automation, in particular, has great potential to help you get more work done more easily and with dramatically lower overhead.

And it can…if you use it systematically.

For now, just remember that you want to keep things simple as much as possible when managing your practice.

Oh, and if you want to understand what happens when you let complexity overtake you, read this blog post.


I hope you found the above article helpful. If so you might appreciate my Solo & Small Firm Lawyers’ Guide to Working Smarter, where I explain how you can better use technology to radically improve your law practice (i.e. earn a good living doing more of the work you love, while also being able to enjoy more time off)

Leave a Reply