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For corporate counsel, some methods for how to organize your work

Each of us has some kind of system to help us keep track of what we need to get done. Organization is a hallmark of productivity.

1. Lists of tasks to be done are very common (See my post of April 18, 2005 on the power of to-do lists.).

2. Daily planners and other organizers do the trick for some of us.

3. Yellow stickies plastered here and there give guidance to many lawyers.

4. Piles on our desks, credenzas, window sills, shelves, and floors have an underlying order that may not be apparent to those who glance into our offices.

5. Outlook and other software have all sorts of tricks for setting priorities and keeping track of what needs to be tracked (See my post of Feb. 1, 2006 about how to listen to Outlook messages.).

6. Calendars impose some order on seeming chaos for some lawyers.

7. Memory – how could I forget? – outdoes all these tools and techniques for others (See my post of May 30, 2006 about so-called working memory.).

8. Who writes on their wrist, puts a rubber band on a finger, or jams a note into their pocket?

9. I have yet another method; I create a single pile of papers that remind me of what I need to do and put the most important pages (tasks) toward the top.

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