Court Reporting can be a hard job! Not only is it stressful, but it can also be hard on the body. The back and neck can become tight and sore due to long periods of time spent in the same upright position. The mind can also become overworked and foggy.
It is important for court reporters to engage in regular, stress-relieving activities to continue to enjoy their profession and remain productive.
Stay Organized – One of the best ways to relieve stress is to make sure you develop a routine and stay organized. Make sure your steno bag is ready to go with all materials and is organized and well-stocked. After a deposition, mark your exhibits, clean up your transcripts, and get your files off to the scopist in a reasonable amount of time. Keeping a calendar and taking a moment to study it at the end of each day will be a helpful reminder of where you need to be at the correct time the following day.
Plan Your Day – Create a daily, weekly, and monthly schedule to see what jobs you have coming up and where you have free time. Some days will be busier than others so it is important to plan ahead and make sure you do not overwork yourself. By planning each day and week you can schedule down time to take breaks and rejuvenate yourself between jobs.
Take a Breather – One of the best ways to stay productive and on track is to take time for a breather at least once a day. Take at least 15-to-30 minutes to do something you enjoy each day. Go for a walk, listen to music, or read your favorite book for example. Also, make sure you eat a small snack, stretch, and take a few deep breaths when you have 5-to-10 free minutes throughout your day. It’s also important to take a few days off now and then. A short vacation allows you to leave your work at the office and focus on other things.
Be Selective – You do not have to take every job that is offered to you. If you know how to delegate appropriately, you take as many jobs as your staff can finish easily. If you are working on your own, however, taking too many jobs within a short period of time can lead to burn out and high levels of stress that can affect your job performance.
By practicing these techniques on a regular basis, court reporters can relieve the stress of their careers and enjoy all the benefits that come with the position—including a flexible schedule, job security and an exceptional earning capacity!