Dispelling 4 Misconceptions of Legal File Organization


file-cabinet-146157_640There are some lawyers that are organized and then there are those of us who struggle with organizing their legal files every year at this time. It seems that it’s always at the end of the year when that little annoying bug begins nudging you to clear things up and start the new year organized.

There are some misconceptions being fostered by every organizational lawyer. It will be my pleasure to share with you 4 misconceptions that of legal file management.

Here are the 4 misconceptions that we can throw out:

  1. Always keep papers stored out of sight: Some of us work better when their desk is clear, whereas others feel stifled if they aren’t surrounded by stacks of paper. If you’re an “out of sight – out of mind” type, keep papers you use often nearby in files or stacking bins. They’ll be accessible, yet not clutter your desk.       When working on a project, spread out the papers related to it, and when you’re done put them away together in one place.
  2. Handle paper once. This is not only impossible, but in most cases it’s unrealistic. Instead of handling paper once, get in the habit of scanning your documents at the end of the day or first thing before you get wrapped up in your business day.
  3. Everyone should be organized to the same degree.   Different people work differently. Don’t feel that you have to work the same as someone else. Find a comfortable level of being organized, and make the necessary changes to maintain that level. I usually draw that line when I’m looking for something and can’t find it; that’s when I know things need to get reorganized.
  4. You have to be born organized to be organized. We learn both good and bad habits at an early age. It’s possible to change any bad habit, including disorganization. Youngsters raised in an organized environment sometimes rebel as adults by being disorganized. The opposite is also true, but neither is carved in stone and behavior can be modified. Use CasesTracker to organize your legal files so you can focus on winning your case not where you’re legal files are.Keep your files organized. Try CasesTracker, no charges until 2016. Use discount code ‘SHAKE2015’ http://www.casestracker.com

 

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