Typically court reporters work on their own schedule when meeting deadlines. This flexibility comes with a great deal of responsibility which could challenge one’s ability to stay organized. Here are a few tips to help keep your work organized and tackle daily challenges:
Take Time to Plan
Planning for the day ahead is essential. Devising a checklist to work from and prioritizing tasks that are due in the coming days also helps. At the end of each day, take some time to review if all the tasks are completed.
Breaking Down Tasks
For assignments that are outstanding, there may be temptation to either procrastinate until the due date or spend huge amounts of time working on it on any given day. Instead, the best way to tackle this is to work on the transcript daily spending moderate time updating it.
How and When to Work
Planning is always key, however identifying when your productivity is at peak will also help you stay efficient. Whether the preference is to sit or stand while proofreading, or working during a particular hour of the day which is most productive – once you identify optimal working conditions, the overall quality of your transcript may improve.
While working on a computer, there will always be the temptation to drift off topic when surfing through the internet to verify facts. To improve your concentration, work on the transcript with the WIFI disconnected. In the same manner, resist phone interactions as well, checking it periodically during breaks.
These are just a few techniques that court reporters can use to manage their time productively. This is an important aspect of the job since court reporters are constantly facing deadlines. A few adjustments to daily routine can go a long way.
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