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5 New Year's Resolutions for Techie Lawyers

When the new year rolls around, everyone sets resolutions. Sometimes, we set resolutions for certain parts of our lives. And this being a blog dedicated to all things legal tech, we figured, why not compile a list of some of the best tech focused New Year's resolutions for tech-savvy lawyers?

Here are five of our favorite:

1. More Resolution, AKA Monitors

When it comes to getting things done, there's no single better improvement than getting bigger and more monitors. More screen real estate means less clicking back and forth between docs and programs, which will enable you to get more done and faster. If you're only using one monitor, you're missing out.

2. Finally Get a New Computer

Just ask my editor, nothing's better than finally getting a new computer to replace one that barely works. And if you are still lugging around a giant, not ultra-portable laptop? Then you might want to definitely consider upgrading to something that doesn't require lugging, but merely easily carrying.

3. Finally Get a New Smartphone

Have you been keeping up with smartphone tech? No? Then you're probably due for an upgrade. And yes, it will likely be much more expensive than the last time, but if your smartphone is three or more years old, you'll notice the difference and be happy you did.

4. Don't Spend More Than $1K

If you did a lot of upgrading last year, you might want to take it easy this year and set a lower hardware budget for yourself. Yes, you want new gadgets, but budgeting and exercising some restraint this year might mean you'll have more for the following year when the even bigger and better next big thing comes along. (Note: This resolution likely is incongruent with having both numbers 2 and 3 above, but then again, how many of these resolutions do we really keep anyway?)

5. Find the Perfect Software

The right software can make life so much better and you owe it to your peace of mind to find better software solutions if the ones you have drive you crazy on a regular basis. With the number of options out there, from full case management platforms, to simply document creation suites, you're sure to be able to find the right software. But you have to take the time to look, research, check out reviews, talk to people, and talk to the other people who might be using that software with you (aka your staff).

Bonus resolution for the more adventurous techies: If you haven't done so yet, and you have the opportunity to, give virtual reality a try.

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