This post wraps up my series on the use of Microsoft’s OneNote software in law firms. I decided to discuss the topic due to the popularity of our discussion on how lawyers can use Evernote. Since writing those articles I’ve received quite a few requests for a discussion on OneNote and a few other options. In this post I’m going to quickly recap my last few articles and discuss why it is important for you to use digital note software in your practice. Using such software can help you to have a desk which looks like this:
as opposed to having a work space that looks like this:
Personally, I would prefer my desk to look like the former and not the latter. Plus the first desk has place to put a coffee cup while there’s no room for your latte on the second one. If you prefer the second desk then, well, alright.
I’ve looked at multiple issues over my last few posts. Topics I’ve discussed included:
- Why OneNote is a good option for law firms not using digital note software
- Obtaining a paperless law office with OneNote
- Whether attorneys should use OneNote or Evernote
- OneNote alternatives for attorneys
The simple fact of the matter is that lawyers not using digital note taking software, of some form, are costing themselves quite a bit of money. Think of how much time you spend looking for pieces of paper (whether they be notes, pleadings, or correspondence). Now ask yourself how much you pay your staff people or assistants. If you saved five hours a week, currently spent looking for stuff, then that’s five fewer hours worth of payroll that you would need. This is on top of the fact that you take up space, which you pay rent for, to store paper files. Wouldn’t you like that space to be devoted to something which can actually bring revenue to your firm? I know I would if I were in your shoes.
If you’re not using OneNote, or something similar, in your office then you’re costing yourself money. OneNote is a great option for the reasons we laid out in this series. Personally, however, I feel lawyers and law firms get much more functionality and increased productivity from Evernote.
What software do you use for record keeping? Please chime in through the comment form below.