As court reporters, some of us like to stay close to home base, but some of us will go to the ends of the earth in search of good work. In this article, we'll talk about the best ways to stay organized and productive when your environment might not be so accommodating. Here are 3 tips for court reporting productivity.
Concentration is key for court reporting productivity, but it can be hard to focus at home with kids, significant others, clients, and agencies all fighting for your attention. Whether it's due to a distraction or our own inner struggles to stay on task, changing your environment can be a great way to get your work done.
While everyone is different, working from home can either be a blessing or a curse. If you find your mind wandering, try moving to a library or a local coffee shop. Just a change in the environment can help a court reporter find his or her zen to get those transcripts out the door.
Work when you work best.
Taking depositions almost always proceed during regular business hours, but that doesn't mean that's when we have to edit. I find that my brain works best after sleep, so I'm most productive when I wake up in the morning and after a nap. In fact, I've also found it very useful to take a power nap if I find my mind misfiring while proofing.
I have heard from other reporters that working into the wee hours of the morning is helpful for those that work best when relaxed. You know your body better than anyone else, but if you find yourself having trouble with deadlines, try changing some things up and see if it helps.
You are what you eat.
This is a no-brainer, but stimulants like coffee can really help, but other stimulants like sugar can have an adverse effect when your glucose level plummets. I find that eating during work is typically a terrible idea.
If you find yourself crashing after lunch during those grueling all day depos, try changing your diet and focusing on taking in less sugar and carbs. If not for health reasons, a light, but protein rich lunch can boost your energy for the final hours instead of causing that afternoon crash.