Avoid Tech Overload and Use What Works for You


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I am designated as one of the tech writers at Lawyerist, which is why you might frequently see me writing about the latest gizmo, gadget, or app.

While technology can be used to make things easier for some people, it can also needlessly overcomplicate things for others. Don’t feel bad about not using the latest toys—do whatever works (or doesn’t work) for you.

Smartphones are only as smart as their operators

If you are tech-savvy, your smartphone can be used to do almost anything you could do at your desk. You can call clients, send e-mails, edit documents, and hold video conferences.

If, however, you find a smartphone hard to use, or do not understand how to properly secure your smartphone, maybe you should stick to a plain old cell phone. If you find yourself getting frustrated and wasting time trying to send an e-mail from your phone, maybe just stick to a laptop.

Most importantly, if you do not have your phone password protected, along with apps containing client data password protected, and some form of remote wipe option, your phone is more of a liability than helpful.

Social media and paperless offices are not for everyone

Social media can be a great way to network with other attorneys and to market yourself in cyberspace. Showcasing your personality on the internet, however, can also lead to negative publicity if you are not careful. If you think that what happens on the internet stays on the internet, stay away from the Twitter and the Facebook.

There are really only two downsides to a paperless office. One, scanning documents can take a bit longer than just punching documents and throwing them into a file. Two, if you do not like reading things on a computer screen, you will not like running a paperless office. If you are already set in your ways, and your jurisdiction does not require any form of electronic filing, you can probably stand pat for now.

Technology can be a wonderful thing and it can also be a pain in the butt. Make sure you are using it for the right reasons.

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  • I think I am constitutionally incapable of following this advice. I have a severe case of Shiny Shiny Syndrome.

    • True, but you are also quick to disregard stuff that sucks. Some people stick with stuff they hate, which leads to lost time and productivity.

  • Very valid points here, to add my two cents here: one concept I used to teach in training seminars back in my corporate days applies perfectly here. I always focus on making sure my clients are both comfortable and confident in using any technology, be it hardware or software that they have. Without those two things, it will almost seldom be enjoyable experience with the technology, which leads to being inefficient and often frustrating. The more comfortable one becomes with, say an iPhone, the more confident they will feel in using it. Comfortability and confidence go hand in hand and help get the snowball effect going.