Staying Productive In and Out of the Office

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Staying Productive In and Out of the Office

laptop, phone, notpad, and coffee

It is likely that you are getting ready to get back to working at the office or still working from home. Let’s be productive and ahead of the game because it can be challenging in many ways, especially when everything has been changing. Here I have put together a list of helpful tips that could help make all the new transitions run more smoothly.

Lists! Lists! Lists!

Lists can be overwhelming and sometimes hard to follow. Break them down into days, weeks and even months to keep your deadlines. I find what helps with the “Sunday Scaries” is on Sundays making a “this week” list and then each evening of the week prioritizing the day ahead. This way you are always on top of what is most important. I have found that not only writing them down in a planner but also scheduling them in on your phone helps. Calendars and reminders will be your best friend.

Be Flexible

Unexpected change happens all the time; we all know this, so be flexible. Deadlines change, uncertain events and/or tasks come up. Having a back-up plan can be helpful, but is not always realistic. We understand that and are always happy to help any way we can.

Do Some De-Stressing

When you’re stressed out, it’s likely because you are focusing on all of the things you need to do or all of the things you didn’t do. When you find yourself doing this, stop, take a breather and think of what can help you to de-stress. Once you figure it out, take a break and do it! Then come back to your tasks, regroup and prioritize. Always remind yourself that you are doing the best you can and that is enough.

Sometimes Subtract

We are all guilty of putting too much on our plate, thinking we have more time than we do, etc., etc., so sometimes we need to delegate and subtract from our list(s). You can’t pour from an empty cup, so prioritize your day(s). Think of what your short-term and long-term goals are. Once you have those established, determine how important the task or tasks are to achieving these goals. This will help you delegate your tasks.

Create Workflows

A workflow is similar to a routine. It is a sequence of tasks that you follow in order to complete all of your tasks from start to finish. You can create workflows for almost everything you need to get done. This will help you keep each step required in the process organized so there are no oversights, which, let’s be honest, this happens a lot when we are juggling multiple tasks.

Batch!

When you focus on one task for an extended period of time, it allows you to enter into your workflow. This allows you to work efficiently and cuts out all of the other distractions. Try focusing on emails for an hour or two, then focus on calls for an hour or two, client meetings, etc., etc. Finishing tasks start to finish will help you feel more productive and accomplished. When I feel productive and accomplished, it kicks me to be more productive and to accomplish more.

Whether you are getting back into the swing of working in the office alongside your co-workers and/or employees, or you are working from home trying to stay connected and be productive, it will all be a breeze with these simple, yet effective, tips.

Author Paige Story

Author

Paige Story | DepoRemote™ Specialist

Paige has been with Depo International for three years. She is a driven self-starter with many areas of expertise. Paige enjoys being the mother of a two-year old boy and enjoys being on the lake, reading, writing, baking, fitness, learning, and trying new things.

DepoRemote™ Deposition Tips

DepoRemote™ Deposition Tips

We are all learning to navigate our new realities given our nation’s current events. As a court reporting firm, we look at all this change as an opportunity to grow with the new normal so that we can continue to be a vital role for law firms. We are here to help guide you with the extensive research and knowledge we have obtained. We held a CLE presentation in May for the MPA on the Best Practices for Remote Depositions that you can watch here. Today I am going to give you DepoRemote’s top tips on preparing for your remote depositions.

1. Do A Test Run! Or Two!

This can really help you make sure you have all your ducks in a row for the big day. It also will help make you feel more comfortable and confident.

2. Optimize Your Internet Connections.

  • You can check speedtest.net to learn your upload and download speed. It’s good to have at least 1 Mbps.
  • Using an Ethernet and being hardwired is the ultimate setup for success, but not required.
  • Wi-Fi connections can work, provided the speed is great.

3. Optimize Your Audio Connection.

  • During the test run, you can check to see if your computer, laptop, or cellphone has better audio.
  • Remember if you are using your cellphone, to mute your computer or laptop.
  • Disable all incoming calls and notifications.
  • For everyone to hear you clearly, mute your microphone when you are not speaking. Just remember to turn it back on when you’re ready to talk.

4. First Impressions Count!

  • Keep a tidy work space.
  • Less is more. Keep your clothing, hair, make-up, etc. simple. This also makes you feel confident.
  • Use the zoom touch-up filter to even out your picture.
  • Camera angle is best at eye level.
  • Lighting is your best friend. We have found that natural light coming in from in front of you looks the very best. 

5. Be Patient!

This comes directly from our court reporter, Brandi Bigalke, RPR, RSA. It is so important to remember that everyone is learning something new. Help eachother out, listen, learn, and be patient.

6. Last, But Certainly Not Least...Contact Depo International to Schedule DepoRemote™

Call Depo International with any question! We are here and happy to help and work with you!

Depo International has a vision and a mission to not only make it through this, but thrive in it! We are committed to delivering our services in the easiest, most simple way to you. Together let’s keep our spirits up, moving and thriving forward in the industry.

Author Paige Story

Author

Paige Story | DepoRemote™ Specialist

Paige has been with Depo International for three years. She is a driven self-starter with many areas of expertise. Paige enjoys being the mother of a two-year old boy and enjoys being on the lake, reading, writing, baking, fitness, learning, and trying new things.

Praise for Depo International’s Community Involvement

attitude of gratitude

Praise for Depo International’s Community Involvement

attitude of gratitude

While providing deposition services is what Depo International does best, we aren’t all work and no play. At Depo International we take pride in our community involvement in the Twin Cities area. Our staff members and leadership team sponsor and participate in a variety of events, including Bar Association socials, volunteering with eDiscovery, and attending LEEA and WBENC educational workshops.

Most recently, we at Depo International have been praised for our sponsorship of the Summer Tri-Bar Social, hosted by the Ramsey County Bar Association. After the event, the Ramsey County Bar Association sent Depo International a letter of thanks for our sponsorship of their event. In actuality, we are the truly thankful ones. While we have done events with this Bar Association in the past, each time we are asked to participate in another event we are excited and honored.

Thank you, Ramsey County Bar Association for allowing us to be a part of your legal community involvement!

DI Now Offers Continuing Legal Education Credit In Professional Responsibility

DI Now Offers Continuing Legal Education Credit In Professional Responsibility

As an employee of Depo International, one of the first things I do upon arriving at the office in the morning is check my e-mail. There are always business e-mails to read and a few spam e-mails to delete. There are also always “Grateful E-mails” to read. These e-mails are the highlight of my morning. Sent by DI staff members and reporters, these emails include five things for which the sender is grateful for that day. This tradition, which originated with one staff member, grew to include the leadership team, and then grew even more to include all of the DI staff and reporters!

This grateful attitude is something upon which we at Depo International pride ourselves. Along with being grateful and appreciative of our employees, we strive to show our appreciation for our customers. We have an extensive customer appreciation program which aims to exceed our customers’ wants and needs, including delivering fresh-baked cookies to depositions.

Most recently, we have taken our gratitude one step further. We proudly sponsor the presentation of “Creating a Culture of Gratitude and Appreciation in the Workplace.” This presentation, which originated with a staff employee’s “Grateful E-mail,” has grown into a certified continuing legal education (CLE) presentation. Attendees will not only learn the importance of gratitude and appreciation in the workplace, but will also earn CLE credit in Professional Responsibility. We feel privileged to sponsor this wonderful presentation with such a strong emphasis on gratitude and appreciation in one’s life.

National Court Reporting Company, Depo International, Donates to The Susan G. Komen Foundation

National Court Reporting Company, Depo International, Donates to The Susan G. Komen Foundation

As Depo International was planning its October marketing campaign, Patricia Carl, Founder and President of the company, politely interrupted all of her staff. She informed us that the coming month was October. Met with many blank stares, she elaborated. “October is a special month to me. As you may or may not be aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This cause is the most near and dear to my heart.”

Being a new employee, and still being intimidated by “The Boss,” I didn’t exactly know what to think, let alone how to respond to her statement. After a moment of curious silence, she continued. “My mother passed away from breast cancer more than thirty years ago. I made a promise to her that I would make a difference. I promised that I would support finding a cure for this deadly disease. I promised that I would turn her story of tragedy into a story of survival for women generations to come.”

While many people view Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a chance to raise awareness about this terrible disease, Patricia views this month as a chance to uphold her promise to her mother. There has been great progress made in the fight against breast cancer but there is still more to do. During the month of October, Depo International will be donating $5.00 for every deposition scheduled to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. We at Depo International, and especially Patricia Carl, sincerely appreciate all of our loyal clients who, during the month of October, are helping us fight this terrible disease. Together we WILL find a cure!

Court Reporters Support NBCAM

Court Reporters Support NBCAM

Depo International’s founder and president, Patricia Carl, has made her stance on fighting breast cancer clear: she’s all in. From publishing a special “Message from the Founder” to donating $5.00 for every deposition scheduled in the month of October to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Patricia is an avid supporter of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In her message she shared her personal connection to the fight against breast cancer. She promised her mother, a victim of this terrible disease, that she “would turn this story of tragedy into a story of success for generations to come.”

Recently, she, and Vice President of Depo International, Angela Carl, were in New York City for business. While there, the two of them attended the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk in Central Park. One would assume that after both Patricia and Angela had participated in a ten day deposition, these ladies would have gone to brunch, gone shopping, or simply relaxed. Instead, they both woke up early on their day off, joining over tens of thousands of people donning tutus and pink wigs, to walk through Central Park to raise money to fight breast cancer. These women’s personal connection to this disease has driven, and continues to drive, their constant desire to help fight breast cancer, even on their day off!

Court Reporting Agency adds Google+

Court Reporting Agency adds Google+

Depo International, a national court reporting agency, is happy to announce its new, updated Google+ page with a custom URL: google.com/+DepoInternationalMinneapolis. On this page, friends, followers, and even clients can keep up with the extracurricular world of Depo International’s leaders, certified court reporters, and staff. Of course contact information as well as our certified court reporting services and legal video services will be present, but the main focus will be on community involvement and interpersonal relationships. Please take a few moments to visit us at: google.com/+DepoInternationalMinneapolis and connect with us in a personal way!

DI Sponsors CLE Presentation for LEEA

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DI Sponsors CLE Presentation for LEEA

video conference meeting

Depo International, a Minneapolis court reporting agency, Las Vegas court reporting agency, and a national court reporting agency, proudly sponsors a CLE presentation titled “Creating a Culture of Gratitude in the Workplace.” This presentation grew out of one employee’s daily habit of sending grateful e-mails, detailing five things for which she was grateful for that day. No matter what her trials and tribulations were on any given morning, she saught out the silver lining of each situation. Those e-mails turned into an office phenomenon. Within a few weeks, all of Depo International’s staff members, certified court reporters and certified legal video specialists were sending grateful e-mails.
The employee who began the grateful e-mail trend has since become certified to present a CLE presentation which focuses on gratitude and appreciation in the work place. This presentation details the psychological and physiological benefits to having a grateful attitude, particularly in the workplace. Most recently, this presentation was given to the members of the Legal Employees Educational Association (LEEA). At Depo International, we are grateful for the opportunity to sponsor this wonderful presentation for the LEEA members. What a difference a grateful attitude can make in the workplace!

St. Paul, Minnesota Court Reporting Ethics

St. Paul, Minnesota Court Reporting Ethics

In a court of law, the lives of men and women can be held at stake primarily by four people: the judge, the prosecutor, the defending attorney and the court reporter. In cases of much dispute, the assignment of the court reporter becomes more acute, as it is his or her job to attend the legal proceedings to record word-for-word transcriptions. The words that he or she transcribes can be used to eliminate any misunderstandings in the details of the proceedings. Because recorded testimony and proceedings are so important in legal proceedings, it is imperative that you hire only the most experienced of court reporters for your litigation needs. Depo International of Minnesota is a St. Paul Court Reporting agency that insists strongly on abiding by a code of ethics established by the National Court Reporters’ Association.
Such ethics demand that all court reporters act fairly and impartially towards all participants in the given proceedings. They demand that all information in the proceedings are guaranteed to remain secure and confidential, both oral and written. The ethical code ensures that all of the participants in a proceeding are aware of any conflicts of interest that may arise. This code requires that the certified court reporters hired to perform your deposition services disclose such information immediately.
Depo International offer worldwide deposition services, with locations in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. They have locations on the continents of Africa, Europe and Asia. They are also in Canada, the Pacific, Oceania, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Latin America. In addition to court reporting, their other services include videography, which captures the true meaning of an event in the most complete way, local, national and international scheduling, summaries, trial support, legal couriers, interpreters and much more.
In business since 2008, the leadership of Depo International has over 38 years of court reporting experience, including the CEO’s status of Real-time Court Reporting Administrator. These certifications make Depo International a leader in court reporting in St. Paul, Minnesota and worldwide. When you need a real-time court reporter, contact the agency that takes St. Paul Court Reporting to the next level, Depo International.

Legal Professionals Depend on Real-Time Court Reporting

Legal Professionals Depend on Real-Time Court Reporting

Legal proceedings are complicated and require attention to detail. Court reporters are present at various types of hearings, courtroom proceedings and depositions to accurately memorialize everything being said. A court reporter is an impartial party who is responsible for providing accurate records of meetings, arbitrations and more. Legal professionals depend on Depo International’s Real-time Court Reporting to record the facts in many types of cases. A formal transcript is required to prove statements made by parties, witnesses and other key people. Depo International has hundreds of years of combined experience in the court reporting service industry. The certified court reporters and legal videographers are experienced in every area of the law, making them versatile and valuable. All of the reporters are certified through the National Court Reporters Association.
Real-time Court Reporting professionals from Depo International will also transcribe different media including CD-ROMs, videotapes and audiotapes. All transcripts are well-organized with a word index and tabbed exhibits for easy reference. Legal professionals can quickly find what they need within the transcript to save time and energy. Condensed transcripts can be requested from a Depo International certified court reporter. A convenient online repository is available for quick access. Transcripts are accessible and accurate to support your case without any hassles. Take advantage of Depo International’s additional services you might need including video conferencing and conference rooms as well as videography and more.
Many legal professionals face multiple adjournments and last minute scheduling of important hearings, meetings and proceedings. Real-time Court Reporting Services by Depo International is available for last-minute depositions. When you need a transcript right away, simply request expedited delivery. Court reporting professionals strive to meet your requirements to ensure you have everything you need to move forward on cases in a timely fashion. With national and international scheduling, you can hire a Depo International court reporter wherever you need one. Legal work is demanding and time-consuming. You must be able to trust court reporting services to arrive on time and deliver exactly what they promise. Hire a reputable court reporting service such as Depo International Minneapolis or Depo International Las Vegas with the experience and background to get the job done right. Your work depends on confidentiality, preciseness and the highest level of service. Call 800-591-9722 today to learn more!