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What Can Law Students Automate Using Tech?

Being a law student in the modern era may come with the drawback of a bleak job market, but maybe the technology makes up for it.

Law students, if you don't have at least the first and last items on the list below automated so that you don't have to worry about them during your day to day life, then you're just leaving free time on the table. Think about it, with those extra minutes you could be studying or getting some much needed distraction/relaxation.

Below are five things law students can automate thanks to tech to make their lives better.

1. Computer Backups

If you're using a computer for school, then you should have some sort of automated backup system in place because computers fail. This is usually pretty simple to set up, with several online services offering online backup services at various price points. The best option involves a backup system at home that will backup all files to an external device (or two), on a regular basis.

2. Time for Friends and Family

Have you ever booked a table, or a doctor appointment, or another appointment online? Convenient and easy for both you and the service.

Well, if you're trying to make time for your friends and family, you can create a scheduler to allow friends and family to schedule time with you when you say you are free. Sure, it's not that hard to make plans and coordinate, but do you really need to have your focus distracted by 23 separate texts within half an hour from a group message chain when all you really need to know is Sunday, from 2:00pm to 4:30pm, location, people.

3. Food Delivery / Basic Services

You need to eat, you also need laundry done, and a clean home. And all those things take time away from studying, working and resting. Fortunately, you can set up house cleaning and laundry services using apps, and often these will allow you to create recurring events. The same goes for some food delivery services -- think groceries and not Pizza/restaurant delivery (though you could probably persuade a local favorite restaurant that delivers to send orders pursuant to a schedule).

4. Computer Updates

While cybersecurity is probably more important for lawyers than law students, good cybersecurity habits are important to start forming as early as possible. That means always updating your computers software's when security updates become available. In fact, if your computer isn't already set up to automatically download and install security updates, stop everything right now and set that up.

5. Bills

Every month, you have to pay the bills. And rather than spend the time each month, setting up autopay for services like phone, internet, and even home utilities, can be a considerable time saver. Just be sure to monitor your bank and credit card accounts, and update your payees when your card gets changed or reissued.

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