Personal Productivity

To Read: Smart Money Smart Kids

My wife has been reading a new book by Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze called “Smart Money Smart Kids” (affiliate link). I’m looking forward to working with my family on the principles outlined in the book this summer.   I’m sure I’ll learn something in the process.    

By Seth Wilson, ago
Tools

Indiana Courts to Adopt E-Filing in 2015

The Indiana Lawyer yesterday highlighted an Order from the Indiana Supreme Court about Indiana adopting electronic filing for all its state courts in 2015.  Part of the justification for adopting e-filing is explained by Chief Justice Brent Dickson: “Nearly every aspect of our lives includes electronic documents — stores send receipts via email, banks allow check deposits through a smart phone,” Chief Justice Brent Dickson said. “Now lawyers and litigants will be able to file Read more…

By Seth Wilson, ago
Personal Productivity

Should lawyers learn (and use) Markdown/Multimarkdown?

Markdown (Md)?  MultiMarkdown (MMd)?  If you have never heard of these tools, you should take a few minutes to read about the possibilities.  Many lawyers make their living processing words.  Lawyers should learn and use the best tools to do so, right? The idea behind Md/MMd is that you can use a plain text editor (think Notepad on Windows or TextEdit on Mac) to write in plain text, using a few symbols to mark text for formatting. Read more…

By Seth Wilson, ago
Articles

A few thoughts on workflow planning

I recently wrote an article for the Indiana Lawyer with a few of my thoughts on workflow planning.  Here’s the link. The article seeks to provide: three tips to help you “plan your work and work your plan” (Vince Lombardi): Track what you do and how you do it Review and reflect Draft a plan and do What is your workflow plan?

By Seth Wilson, ago
Personal Productivity

Resources: Tools for Personal Productivity (via Michael Hyatt)

In my third year of law school, I realized that I had to get better about managing my personal productivity.  Since that time, I have read a lot about personal productivity and tried to implement systems/processes to help manage my life.  One of the most influential authors in this space, for me, is Michael Hyatt. Recently, I was excited to see that Michael Hyatt had written an e-book about the tools he uses for personal Read more…

By Seth Wilson, ago
Data Security

Should lawyers outsource cyber security?

I recently came across an interesting article titled “The Importance of Cybersecurity to the Legal Profession and Outsourcing as a Best Practice – Part One.”  The author, Ralph Losey, suggests that: [c]ybersecurity should be job number one for all attorneys. Why? Because we handle confidential computer data, usually secret information that belongs to our clients, not us. We have an ethical duty to protect this information under Rule 1.6 of the ABA Model Rules of Read more…

By Seth Wilson, ago
Presentations

Presentation: Microsoft Word Help For Lawyers

Frustrated with Microsoft Word? Attend my presentation at the 2014 ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference for help. I’ll be presenting a 1 hour NLS session attempting to solve common law office Microsoft Word problems. The presentation will address daily issues using Word in a law office setting. The format is Q&A along with live demonstrations of tips and tricks to get more out of Word. The goal of the session is to provide the audience Read more…

By Seth Wilson, ago
Blogging

Affiliate Links

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires the following Disclosure of Material Connection.  Some of the links on this blog contain what are considered “affiliate links.”  If you click on that affiliate link and purchase the item, I may receive an affiliate commission. I am using Amazon’s affiliate program, which requires the following statement: “Seth R. Wilson is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means Read more…

By Seth Wilson, ago