As today’s world increases its reliance on technology to do just about everything, professionals are also expected to move and produce faster than ever. For lawyers, it’s all about finding the right digital tools to simplify tasks at home, in the office, and during travel. Below are a few applications, extensions, and programs that can maximize productivity in our tech-savvy era.
Best All-in-One: Evernote
Sure, Evernote has been around for years, but seriously, this note-keeping application keeps getting better. Their integration with other apps is indispensable, and everything users create, capture and keep is accessible from all their devices. Create a project to-do list, write reminders, snap pictures, and then easily share what you’ve captured.
One of the most valuable Evernote products is its Scannable app, which uses your device’s camera to capture something on paper and turn it into a high-quality, sharable scan. And, unlike other scanning apps for mobile devices, Scannable is free, free, free.
Best Research Extension: Bestlaw
Bestlaw is a browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that pays attention to lawyers’ browsing patterns on Westlaw or Lexis. The program then automatically adds features to the browser to simplify and streamline legal research. Users can copy Bluebook citations, titles, docket numbers, and full text with one click, expand and collapse statutory sections, jump between footnotes and the main text, and much more.
The free app has an outstanding number of features on its own, but Bestlaw Pro provides additional capabilities, like printing, PDF downloads, and access to secondary sources.
Best On-the-Go App: Duet
A lot of us are used to sporting the dual monitors at the office, and statistically we get more done. Having a second display increases productivity by 20 to 30 percent, according to The New York Times’ report of a Jon Peddie Research survey.
Traveling away from your desk no longer means reducing your work screen to just your laptop. The application Duet allows users to turn their iPhone or iPad into an additional display screen for their desktop computer. The app connects via a Lighting or 30-pin cable, and it’s compatible with all iPhones and iPads with iOS 7.0 and above and all desktops and laptops with at least OS 10.9 or Windows 7.
Best Productivity Tool: ActiveWords
ActiveWords turns words into commands on users’ computers. In Microsoft Word, for example, a specified “active word” can populate formatted text into a new document. ActiveWords can open files and folders, webpages, and applications, and take on just about any other task a person may need to do on the computer.
Multiple devices? You don’t have to start over establishing commands with each device. ActiveWords Sync allows users to use most cloud services like OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive to automatically sync data between their devices.
What Must-Have Tools Are We Missing?
We want to hear from you. These are just a few of our favorites, but we would love to compare notes. Which tools do you use for increasing productivity and decreasing digital clutter?
About John Bair
John Bair has guided thousands of plaintiffs through the settlement process as founder of Milestone Consulting, LLC, a broad-based settlement planning and management firm. Milestone’s approach is comprehensive and future-focused. John’s team has guided thousands of clients by taking the time to understand the complexities of each case. They assess the best outcome and find the path that enables each client to manage their many needs. Read more about Milestone Consulting at http://milestoneseventh.com/.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).