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Productivity

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Writing With Mind Maps

What writers need is a method they can use to create a first draft. Of course, lots of magic happens during revision of that draft, when writers refine their thoughts further. That’s when they apply Word styles. But they need a first draft to ...

Luigi Benetton - June 14, 2018
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Scrub Your Document With Microsoft Word Document Inspector

You spent a lot of time getting that pleading or contract together, and now you're ready to send it out. The last thing you want to do is inadvertently expose your prior edits or others' comments to prying eyes. If you don't already have a ...

Deborah Savadra - June 5, 2018
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Urgent versus Important: Where Should You Focus?

Much time is wasted by our inability to focus our attention and effort on what is truly important. Whether due to distractions (email alerts, shiny objects, interruptions), difficulty prioritizing or basing decisions on how we feel (physically ...

Shawn Healy - May 14, 2018

Permanently Modifying Word’s Heading Styles

Microsoft’s idea of attractive headings doesn’t suit most legal documents. But you can permanently change your default heading styles so you can start every new document with headings in the right typeface and font color. One of the first things ...

Deborah Savadra - April 24, 2018
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Three Digital Communications Technologies That Can Make Your Life Easier

At first glance, communications may seem like a bygone problem for lawyers today. Haven’t smartphones made it easier to stay in constant contact with your clients? It’s true that smartphones offer you more mobility and instant, real-time ...

Ari Rabban - April 11, 2018
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Ant Text Makes Your Email Work Smarter

To save time and labor in writing emails, consider composing templates or boilerplates that can easily be inserted into new emails and email messages you respond to. That’s the premise and promise of Ant Text, an add-in for Outlook and Outlook ...

Sean Doherty - March 30, 2018
Nothing But the Ruth by Ruth Carter

Scott Sigler’s Productivity Secrets: Creating a System

Lawyers are essentially professional writers. Last year, I saw my friend and New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler speak at Phoenix Comicon about how he managed to be a prolific writer and handle the business side of being a ...

Ruth Carter - March 26, 2018
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Resetting Default Heading and Body Fonts in Word

If you're sick of Calibri and Cambria, change your default heading and body styles so you can start every new Word document with the fonts you prefer. Put Font Frustration Behind You ... One of the most persistent frustrations legal users ...

Deborah Savadra - March 2, 2018

Pocket Notebooks: The Productivity App You Need

David Allen’s Getting Things Done productivity method has been wildly popular since its debut in 2001. "Capture" is one of the most important steps in the GTD process, and nothing captures ideas faster than pocket notebooks. I know, Evernote ...

Bull Garlington - February 15, 2018
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Taking Control: Time Management Tips for Busy Lawyers

You have at least three phone numbers (home, office, and cell), at least two email addresses (work and personal), and at least two social media accounts (Facebook and LinkedIn). You can be texted, tweeted, emailed, snail-mailed and even faxed. ...

David Ackert - February 5, 2018