Posts Tagged productivity

Digital Transcription Dictates Caution: Digital Dictation and Transcription Options

Many lawyers dictate their thoughts into a recording device, then send the recording to an assistant for transcription. This is a great time-saver for the lawyer. But the human transcriptionist today is gradually giving way to computer versions.

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Auto-Filing Email: 5 Productivity Tips

Imagine if your email system could look like this at the end of your day (presuming your inbox is empty): This is more likely to happen if email lands in the right folder without you having to triage it from your inbox. Dealing with each message in

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Easily putting boilerplate text in email

Some time ago, I blogged about my usage of keyboard shortcuts to automate phrases, paragraphs, even entire messages that I often type. Its a great way to recreate boilerplate text quickly and efficiently. I set up my shortcuts to work across all software on my computer (well, almost all software

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Corralling multiple email addresses

Do you have two or more email addresses? Tired of flipping between web pages to check them all? Why bother. Instead, set them all up in one email client.

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Closing the email barn door?

People who try to recall an email after they’ve sent it might think it’s a good idea to close the barn doors after the horses have all fled. That bit of snark comes courtesy of email systems that boast “recall” tools. I tried the one in Microsoft Outlook about

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Journaling: Analog Respite in a Digital World

Nothing seems to catch the eye quite like a self-avowed technology geek writing in a paper notebook using a fountain pen. At least that’s the effect I seem to have when I do this in front of people who know me. Few people understand how useful this habit can be. Even

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Remove formatting from copied text

Researching articles. Writing school assignments. Quoting other people in blog posts. During each activity, I usually cut text from one document and paste it into another. The resulting text may make sense, but it often ends up looking like a ransom note, with different sections of text cut out of the

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Specialty in project management could open more doors

Project management as a practice hasn’t yet caught on with lawyers the way it has in other industries, if Rachael Chadwick’s experience is any indication. Chadwick obtained her project management professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute several years ago. “I found the exam tough, mainly

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Checking grammar using Microsoft Word

Part of my routine towards the end of writing projects is to check spelling and grammar. When I write things using Microsoft Word, I use the spelling and grammar checker it offers. I also ensure that it shows me readability statistics. Why? The simpler I write, the more likely

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