Tips to Make Working on the Go Easier for Busy Attorneys

//Tips to Make Working on the Go Easier for Busy Attorneys

The life of a lawyer is a busy one. From client meetings to court appearances, the duties of a small firm attorney often take them away from the comfort of their desk and from close proximity to their case files. This can make working on the go can seem like a daunting task, especially due to the volume of paperwork lawyers need on hand at all times. Fortunately, with a little bit of planning and some help from modern technology, working away from the office doesn’t have to put a damper on your productivity.

Here are four tips that will help you make the most of working away from the office:

Plan Ahead

A little planning goes a long way when you’re working remotely. Be sure to let your colleagues know that you’ll be out of the office so you can cover-off on any tasks they might need your assistance with before you leave. Taking this sort of proactive step helps minimize the stress of being away from the office and can help you focus while you’re working.

Prioritize Tasks

When planning for your out-of-office work, try to find out of the location you’ll be working from has wireless internet access. This can help you prioritize what tasks you can accomplish while you’re out.

Bring tech tools

Working away from the office is easiest when you have all of your equipment! Don’t forget to pack your laptop, cell phone and all of the necessary charging devices to keep you up-and-running when you’re not plugged in at your desk.

Use cloud-based case management software like Smokeball

Client matters usually involve piles of paperwork and emails, making it difficult to work on certain tasks when you’re away from your office. If your office uses Smokeball, the cloud-based technology allows legal staff to access all of their client matters (document automation and management, emails, contact information, forms) in one place, eliminating the need to haul folders packed with printed emails and court files.

By |November 11th, 2014|

About the Author:

For years, Josh has helped lawyers become more organized, productive, and profitable. A trained litigator, Josh came to Smokeball from a large east-coast law firm where his practice focused on franchise, insurance, marine, and general litigation. His work with Smokeball, and his continued passion for what he does each day, is driven by a desire to help lawyers and their staff do better in every way. Knowing well the stress and strain put on today’s legal professional, he regularly focuses on improving work and life in the law. He has traveled the country working with and learning from lawyers and their staff. Josh speaks regularly to bar associations about successful law firm practices and other legal topics. Recent notable engagements have been with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. In addition to his work at Smokeball, Josh serves on the Writing Resource Center staff at The John Marshall Law School. Besides legal technology, his research interests include judicial decision-making, jury decision-making and psychology, and legal writing. He has written and overseen research exploring causal effects of sex/gender on federal appellate court decision-making, and assisted with research for a forthcoming textbook on judicial decision-making. Additionally, Josh sits on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Community Activism Law Alliance and on the Board of Directors of Chicago Fringe Opera Company. Josh holds his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Wash. U. Law Review, held the prestigious Thompson Coburn Research Fellowship, served as Research Assistant to then-Vice-Dean (now Chancellor) Andrew D. Martin, and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Performance with Honors Scholar distinction from the University of Connecticut, making him a Huskies basketball fan through and through. Follow Josh’s activity on LinkedIn, and keep up with new articles on the Smokeball Blog.