I am going through some book reviews on Amazon for the Paralegal’s Journal and thought a blog post was in order to address the indexing system and show some photos of how I use the Paralegal’s Journal and how my work tends to flow daily from my Top 3 Work Tasks. Also, I have made digital download versions available on the site for those of you who wish to print the content and assemble your own spiral-bound books.
What are the blank lines in the front of the Paralegal’s Journal?
The blank lines that begin with “13” within the Paralegal’s Journal represent an indexing system that will aid you in reflection and planning throughout the year, and keep you organized if you have to find something important later. The reason the lines begin with “13” and not “1” is because the Paralegal’s Journal is designed as a book journal, and like a traditional book, the contents do not begin on Page 1!
Pages 181 – 200 of the Paralegal’s Journal have already been pre-indexed for you with topics of: Major Projects – Goals Achieved (January – December); Continuing Education; Networking / Associations; Vendors; and Contacts. Quite frankly, utilizing these topics is what really makes this journal so much more than just a to-do list! This is a book of your life. You probably spend more hours at work than you do on anything else besides sleeping/grooming/eating/driving. Write it down and make it memorable. Make it count!
Here is a picture of the first content page, which you will see begins on Page 13.
Keeping a work journal is not for everyone. It requires you to be accountable and plan. If you meet any of the following characteristics, let’s face it. You and the Paralegal’s Journal may just not be a fit:
You are complacent in your job and only care about doing enough to not get fired.
You don’t have five minutes in the morning to plan (yet somehow you manage to lose an hour or more everyday between social media; taking breaks; making and receiving personal phone calls; and going to lunch).
You don’t like keeping records of your achievements and goals. Or maybe you don’t have any to track.
You don’t think the journal will help serve as irrefutable evidence of why you are asking for a raise.
You think the Paralegal’s Journal is designed to be a replacement for your firm’s case management/calendaring software.
You like starting your morning in chaos – without a clear list of priority items to achieve that day.
However, if you meet any of these characteristics, maybe the Paralegal’s Journal is designed exactly for you:
You understand the productivity principle of achieving the three most important tasks first thing each day.
You take pride in your personal achievements and love to set goals.
You want to keep a hard copy personal record of your achievements so they do not become lost in a third-party’s software or otherwise electronically compromised.
You believe in the importance and power of presenting specific tangible proof when asking for a raise.
You hate wasting time, and understand that you are not helping serve clients if you waste firm time.
You get a sense of purpose and happiness from recording your achievements each day, and it helps you stay positive in the law office.
Originally created for personal injury law firm clients, this indexed journal was designed by Jamie Whitmer as a tool to potentially increase the value of Plaintiffs’ pain and suffering damages by logging and utilizing the power of specifics to help better portray the injured client as an individual instead of another set of medical records to feed into Colossus.
The injured person should mark their pain on the pain diagrams on the left side of the book and then complete the prompts on the right side of the page that include the following topics: Doctor/Facility visited today; Treatments given / tests or future treatments ordered; How are you feeling today? How did your injuries affect your job today? Did your injuries affect your household duties or family life today? Did you miss any events/social activities today because of your injuries? Did you incur any costs today that were accident related? Other notes/things to do related to the accident.
Besides the pain and suffering aspect, the indexed journals also give the injured person a tool to keep track of all their doctors and note when they finish treatment. Get your copy today!
Just sharing a look inside the life of a Paralegal so far on a Monday morning.
The Paralegal’s Journalis designed with prompts that are broken out into three primary topic sections of a paralegal’s work life that include: tasks; information/people to contact; and documents to obtain. Jamie Whitmer, a virtual paralegal and creator of this journal, has found that she is most effective at work if she applies a basic productivity principle of focusing first thing on three medium-to-large sized work projects per day, and thought that you might be the same! Your priority items for tomorrow are best determined at the end of your current working day. To the high achievers of the world, Jamie says: “Don’t worry!” There is plenty of room left in the notes section if you have extra time to log more projects after you have completed your top three tasks.
What does your task list look like?
An efficiency tip from a paralegal: “Pick your top three tasks and get them done first!”
Prioritizing your day will save you time and energy, and can also help keep you motivated and focused throughout your work day. The indexing system inside theParalegal’s Journal also aids in reflection and planning throughout the year. The last few pages of the Paralegal’s Journal come with marked pages that have been indexed for you. Topics include: Major Projects – Goals Achieved; Continuing Education; Networking / Associations; Vendors; and Contacts.
Jamie has often thought to herself: “I document, therefore I am.” It is her hope that this Paralegal’s Journal not only makes you feel better about your progress at work, but that it will also serve as a useful tool for you for performance evaluations. The software you use at work to manage tasks and deadlines cannot be relied upon to measure your contributions or value. What of your individual accomplishments? If you do not personally note them, it is the same as though they never existed. We must make records. We must prove what we have done, and what we can do.
Each indexed Paralegal’s Journalfeatures 200 ruled pages that are numbered for your ease of use. The numbered pages with an index will help keep you organized and make it easy to find your important entries. To really make your brain sing, we recommend that you use tabs and update your journal’s index as necessary immediately after you have completed your morning journaling.