Posted on July 20, 2020
Working from home means we must adapt and change our long-established routines. That can pose a major challenge for some lawyers, particularly those who depend on their legal assistants to take dictation for all correspondence and legal memos. Senior partners spending all their time hunting and pecking on the keyboard results in major declines in productivity.
But there is an easy way to dictate correspondence and documents at home, without a secretary or any special software other than Microsoft Office. Dictation is now built-into Microsoft Word, and it works incredibly well. There is no longer need for any voice training or initial set up, which has been necessary with earlier versions of dictation software.
In fact, this entire blogpost was dictated not typed, and came through exactly as the words were uttered. The only glitch is that you have to remember to include punctuation marks as part of your dictation, otherwise sentences will run on and questions end up as statements, etc.
Even so, that gives you a good idea of how feature and function rich your home office is today. So, adpating your routines to succeed while working from home may require little more than becoming familiar with the broad range of capabilities existent in the software that is already on your desktop.
Posted on July 7, 2020
Over the last few months, we’ve all had a chance to discover there are both pros and cons to working from home. One of the major drawbacks is that all too often we end up feeling bleary eyed and unproductive because there never seems to be enough screen display available in our home office setup. Whether we’re working on a laptop or with a single desktop monitor, it feels woefully inadequate compared to the desktop space we used to have back in the office.
Admittedly, many of us got spoiled with our old office setups, where we had multiple monitors, which made it easy to open multiple versions of a document for side by side review, and even then, we still had ample space to monitor email and other communication channels. Now suddenly we find it’s much harder to multi-task as we’re accustomed to, working with much less desktop real estate.
What if there was an easy fix to provide you with much more screen space in your home office? In fact, there is and all you need is a standard Microsoft P3Q-000 wireless display adapter which you can buy from Best Buy for around $50. This allows you to deliver your laptop or desktop display to a TV screen through an HDMI port (which will be well marked and easily found on the back of most digital televisions today). Problem solved. Once again, you’re living large, or at least working comfortably off a much larger screen.
This new column is produced in collaboration with the consultants from Kraft Kennedy, a firm that has been at the forefront in bringing innovation and technology solutions to the legal market for more than 30 years. Our goal is simple. We’re tapping the expertise of Kraft Kennedy to provide practical suggestions and creative insights about how our readers can become more productive in their working lives. Feel free to contact us with questions if you find yourself wondering how legal tech can help improve your legal practice.
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