Friday, April 11, 2008
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(I may need a) New Planner

My PDA was my constant companion during my not-too-distant solo practice days. I relied on a PDA since 2000 instead of diaries because some appointments slip by when I transition from one diary to another.

It also has not failed me then simply because I look at it through the course of the workweek. And it reminds me of upcoming appointments and hearings with a subtle chime.

My system was to scan the PDA once at the start of the week to apprise me of the workweek ahead. It's usually enough for me because I still have a decent memory for appointments. But sometimes I look at it to occasionally confirm appointments I vaguely remember as the week progresses.

But since my re-entry into law office life, I have been neglecting this practice and merely trusted the system in the law office achieved through weekly case conferences.

Of course, I still had some residual cases from my solo practice which may have slipped through the cracks. My planner used to be reliable, but the speaker's busted, hence no more subtle chimes.

Fortunately, I also synchronize one of my cellular phones to this planner.

So imagine the shock I got this morning when my phone blurted its obnoxious ringtone to announce I had a hearing I completely forgot about thirty minutes because the appointed time.

Had to drop everything and hurriedly dress up for the hearing when I already had my usual jeans, short-sleeved polo shirt and rubber shoes ensemble already and rush to the courthouse in thirty minutes.

Fortunately (again), it was an uneventful hearing.

Note to self:

1. If my system still works, I shouldn't change it. My old system of relying on my PDA has worked for years. There was no reason to change my system now because it even fits into the law office system. It doesn't go against the law office system.

2. My PDA is getting old (and it's already busted). The subtle chime was all I needed to remind me of upcoming events. My system was thrown off when this subtle chime went mute. I may need to buy a new planner.

3. I should continue to synchronize to (at least) one cellular phone as a back up. It saved me today, so it's obviously effective.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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