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Practice Management Assistance Program’s 12 Days of Practical & Technical Gifts (2018 Edition)

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Sometimes searching for the perfect gift can be rather difficult, especially if you don’t have time to do the research.

That’s why, every year, the South Carolina Bar Practice Management Assistance Program produces an annual “Practical and Technical Gift” list for legal professionals. This year’s list focuses on practical and technical products that are portable, purposeful and productive:

  1. Microsoft – Surface Pro 6 – 12.3” Touch-Screen- Intel Core i7 – 8 GB Memory – A laptop and tablet combined into one; a favorite among many legal and technology professionals.
  2. Powercap LED Lighted Beanie – Do you like to exercise outdoors? This powercap LED lighted beanie contains a wearable hands-free flashlight that illuminates areas up to 72 feet.
  3. Bose Soundlink Micro Portable Bluetooth Speaker –Looking for a speaker to hear music from a smartphone or phone calls better? This waterproof portable speaker gets high reviews on Best Buy and Amazon.
  4. Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Colored Sunrise Simulation – Sleep better and wake up refreshed. This fancy light therapy alarm clock uses simulation technology to allow the user to experience the modeling of a real phenomenon such as sunrise and sunset and increase performance optimization. It also comes with a back-up alarm in the event of a power failure.
  5. Felt Letter Boards – A fun addition to any office or home.
  6. Smart Mat – This mat pairs with Women’s Health Yoga on Amazon Alexa, is 4” longer than the average yoga mat and contains 5mm thick cushioning to protect your knees.
  7. SeniTurn – If someone on your gift list loves to cycle, walk, or run at dark, this safety indicator is a good gift idea.
  8. Bagsmart Travel Universal Cable Organizer – this organizer contains several pockets, inserts, and enclosures for various electronic accessories.
  9. Dymo LabelWriter 450 Thermal Label Printer – this handy little label printer is an office must-have. Print one label or multiple labels at a time including mailing labels, file labels, shipping labels, etc.
  10. SuperNova 300 Lumens Ultra Bright LED Camping and Emergency Lantern – this lantern is a great tool to have in the office emergency kit when there is a power outage.
  11. Law Firm Themed Gifts – looking for that perfect law-office / lawyer themed gift? Here are a few ideas to check out.
  12. Palmetto State Gifts and Experiences – don’t know what to get that person who has everything? Shop local from South Carolina artisans and businesses.

Look for other ideas from The Digital Edge PodcastTechRepublic and WorldMarket.  Contact pmap@scbar.org for assistance.

How to Maintain Your Digital Diet

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Do you obsessively check your cell phone?

You could be wasting more time than you realize, as well as missing out on a lot of the real world. You may need some simple ways to balance your digital diet.

The Center for Humane Technology offers these suggestions on how to live more intentionally. Time magazine also shares nine ways to develop better digital habits.

For more tips or information, contact pmap@scbar.org.

Seven Tips on Decluttering Your Office

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With warmer days approaching, April is the perfect time to clean and work on office organization.

Here are seven tips to help you declutter your office in honor of National Records and Information Management month.

  1. Start small. Don’t look at the overall big picture. Instead, divide your office into areas or stations (Example: mail station, printing station, filing station, etc.) and look at organizing one area at a time. An office area might be as small as a drawer, bookshelf, or corner.
  2. Start with you. Before you touch anything: think about what environments, what scenarios, what systems make you the most productive. For example, establish an environment that mimics those thoughts.
  3. Three-Part Declutter system. A system can start with a To-Go pile (donate, trash, return), a Keep pile (frequently used items), and a Put Away pile (files, etc.). Physically place items in each pile and move items to the appropriate location. If the new location involves an area you haven’t organized, place to the side until you can get to it, but set yourself a deadline so you won’t procrastinate.
  4. Time to Spring Clean. Clean all surfaces including drawers, keyboards, computer vents, monitors, phone, mouse, light fixtures, blinds, window sills, baseboards, chairs, office accessories, floors, ceiling fans, desks, countertops, etc. In addition, untangle wires and cords, purchase a new battery backup surge protector for all equipment, and install open shelves in areas where you need more storage but not more clutter.
  5. Purge, purge, purge. If you haven’t thought about this already, consider donating excess or unused office supplies. Throw out broken items, manuals you can find online, and old magazines or catalogs.
  6. Your Work Area.
    1. Place the most frequently used items on your desktop.
    2. Use drawer organizers to place desk accessories and keep supplies discoverable in drawers.
    3. Label and organize supplies keeping only what you expect to use in the next year.
    4. Use systems such as colors, numbers, and the alphabet to help you sort and organize items quickly.
  7. Reach Out for Resources. 
    1. Check out the Managing Your Practice page from the South Carolina Bar for additional office organization resources.
    2. Visit the South Carolina Bar Lending Library. There are several practice and management guides to help you organize your practice.
    3. Contact pmap@scbar.org for a free consultation.

Productivity Tip: Managing Digital Distractions

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According to a national survey by ComPsych, “nearly 90 percent of employees suffer from digital distraction.”

What are some ways to reduce distractions and increase productivity? Stick to one task at a time, set boundaries and prioritize. In addition, minimize digital distractions by following these tips from Cleveland and from Digital Responsibility.

Also, check out websites and apps that promote productive work environments:

​Looking for other time-saver and productivity resources? Contact pmap@scbar.org for assistance.