Category Archives: Productivity Tips

Boost Productivity with Evernote App

Evernote is a slick app, but my guess is few lawyers come close to tapping the power of this tool. Jim Calloway passes along some tips from Australian lawyer Philippe Doyle Gray and provides his own tips on how to get more of the very popular Evernote app:

Don’t be a cheap skate. Subscribe to Evernote Premium for only $45 per year. Your monthly upload limit then increases from 40 MB to 1 GB per month. You get a PIN lock for mobile devices for improved security. Search tools are greatly enhanced as well. I use Evernote’s web clipping service all of the time to save web pages for future reference.

One App To Rule Them All Doesn’t Work (But Eleven Might)

Interesting article at Quartz by writer who has decided it’s folly to try to get by with only a couple of productivity apps. He gives his top 11 apps and concludes:

I’ve realized that the more I give each app a clear role, and I stick to that role, my work flows stay smooth and unambiguous. With discipline, the sheer number of apps stops becoming a factor. Information appears manageable, and I use my limited mental capacity to tick off tasks one after the other.

Some pointers when choosing apps:

  • Store one thing in one place. Besides backups of course.Multi-platform is nice to have.
  • Apps that remind you of stuff can be more useful than apps that store things nicely.
  • The more frequently you use an app, the lighter, more user-friendly, and clutter-free it should be.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with new apps.
  • Apps that can be activated via email are nice.
  • It must be easy to tell apart things with deadlines and things without.
  • What is the most important activity in your work flow? Invest the most in apps that help in that activity.
  • Remember only what you have to. Dump the rest in an app. Of course.

via These 11 apps are the key to productivity – Quartz.

When Cutting Edge Ideas Go Mainstream, Part II

When I predicted in my 1999 book, The Complete Internet Handbook for Lawyers that the Internet would make outsourcing of legal work to India popular, people thought I was nutty.

What a difference 10 years made. Now the New York Times reports:

The number of legal outsourcing companies in India has mushroomed to more than 140 at the end of 2009, from 40 in 2005, according to Valuenotes, a consulting firm in Pune, India. Revenue at India’s legal outsourcing firms is expected to grow to $440 million this year, up 38 percent from 2008, and should surpass $1 billion by 2014, Valuenotes estimates.

“This is not a blip, this is a big historical movement,” said David B. Wilkins, director of Harvard Law School’s program on the legal profession. “There is an increasing pressure by clients to reduce costs and increase efficiency,” he added, and with companies already familiar with outsourcing tasks like information technology work to India, legal services is a natural next step.

Creating Your Own Letterhead

Lawyerist caters to our do-it-yourself impulses with an article on creating your own professional-looking letterhead:

While you may have to use a commercial printer for business cards, you do not necessarily need professionally-printed letterhead. If you already have a logo, you don’t even need professionally-designed letterhead; you can just DIY.

This is especially true when you consider that most correspondence never gets printed, and a lot of correspondence does not go out on letterhead in the first place. This makes DIY letterhead an increasingly defensible choice. Using resources like Typography for Lawyers, a few Word tips, and perhaps a bit of well-placed graphic design help, you can design your own letterhead.

via DIY Law Firm Letterhead Using Microsoft Word.

Lawyerist: Computer Monitor Setup for Lawyers

The Lawyerist has a good look at the ins and outs of computer displays in The Best Computer Monitor Setup for Lawyers. The idea of using multiple monitors to improve productivity is not news, but this article takes it to another level. Ideas particularly worthy of note:

  1. Pixel size (as opposed to screen resolution) makes a giant difference in screen legibility. The smaller the pixels (i.e., the more that can be jammed into a square inch), the better. The author contents that at very small pixel sizes, it’s as easy to ready material on a computer monitor as in a well-printed book.
  2.  A good really large monitor (27 inches may be better than two 22 inch screens. One good 27 inch monitor is more expensive than two smaller ones, but it may be worth it.