productivity

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Spend an Hour a Day without Distractions to Avoid Turning Into a Zombie

If you string too many days together without a break from all the distractions of life, you will burn out.

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Get Up and Walk Around if You Want to Live

Sitting all day is literally killing you, but standing all day is exhausting. A sit-stand workstation may be ideal, but the solution may be even more simple.

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Build a Forms Database with a Simple Change to Your Workflow

If cheap legal documents are a serious threat to your practice, the solution is simple: stop charging for documents. Of course, in order to do that you have to stop spending a lot of time on documents. You have to build a forms database.

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This Simple Email Habit Will Make You More Productive

To get your email under control, you don’t need to read books, watch a video, buy anything, download anything, or get a fancy email app. All you have to do is start using something that is already built into your email.

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Offer Unbundled Legal Services to Compete in Today’s Legal Market

While the unbundling trend may be starting out with larger firms for startups and entrepreneurs, it will make its way to down to smaller sized firms and encompass many more areas of law. All lawyers can benefit from learning techniques for unbundling and using technology to deliver services online.

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Paperless Tip: Never Ever Send Word Files as Correspondence

Word files should never be sent as correspondence. It allows unscrupulous people to alter your letters and present them as evidence. Only send PDFs.

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Hacking Chaos: The Cornell Method of Note-Taking

It isn't an exaggeration to say that the Cornell Method helps me in every note-taking situation I've encountered in my professional life.

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Read Important Things on Paper, Not on Your Computer Screen

Scientific American took a look at the studies comparing paper to screens and e-readers and concluded that “[w]hen it comes to intensively reading long pieces of plain text, paper and ink may still have the advantage.”

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MITs: A Simple Way to Be More Productive

This simple practice will instantly make you more productive, every day.

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Lawyers Must Know How to Type

For lawyers and anyone else who makes a living from words, the ability to type fast is an essential — not optional — skill.

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How to Design Your Firm’s Paperless Workflow

Buying a good document scanner is obviously critical for going paperless. So is a solid backup strategy. After that, you can pretty much just start scanning every document in your office. But there is a bit more to going paperless than that. You need to think about your paperless workflow. In other words, how will […]

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Lawyers Should Take Notes by Hand

Based on this study, at least, there is no question how lawyers should be taking notes: by hand.

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The Best Computer Monitor Setup for Lawyers

Lawyers spend much of our time staring at a computer monitor. While you can run Microsoft Word and whatever else you use to manage your practice on a five-year-old laptop (at least), a fuzzy picture, poor contrast, and limited adjustment will ruin your eyesight and contort your spine. Get a good monitor, and set it up properly.

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Inbox Zero for Lawyers

Inboxes are meant to be emptied, not used for long-term storage. That goes double for your email inbox, which is far more useful if you empty it on a regular basis.

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Getting Things Done, for Lawyers

How to implement the Getting Things Done (GTD) productivity system in your law practice.