New Year, New Opportunities

Happy-New-Year-2019Here we are at the start of 2019. This is when people make resolutions for a new year. Most people resolve to lose weight or give up some type of unhealthy habit. I’m not going crazy on the resolutions and I’m not going to join a gym. Gym memberships are usually crazy this time of year. Aside from that, I still have a few things on my list that I would like to accomplish this year.

My wife has decided to start “us” on a plant-based diet to start the year. She hopes to become vegan. I’m not so sure I’m there yet myself but I am certainly not far from eliminating meat from my diet. About the only meat I eat now is chicken. I can probably do the vegetarian menu but not sure if I can take the vegan plunge just yet.  It isn’t necessarily to lose weight but to eat better.  It seems that every time we cook at home we ask the same question:  “Why do we eat out again?”

Along with the change in diet, I have some other things I would like to accomplish in 2019.

I would like to be more healthy. I’m not necessarily thinking about losing weight but I think if I make more of an effort in my food choices, exercise and meditation that I can accomplish this.  I think it is just as healthy to focus on the spiritual as well.  I closed last year trying to spend at least five minutes a day in silence.  You won’t believe how hard that is to accomplish.

I would like to find a book agent. If I am going to be successful in publishing a book, I need to find an agent to give me a chance to do that. I can’t make it happen but I need to make a better effort in promoting myself to potential agents.  If I don’t find one, I’m still going to press on.

I would like to worry less about the way others are acting and more about what I am doing. I let the actions of others frustrate me too much. I have little control over others then I shouldn’t let what they do frustrate me.  This will probably be the one that is the most difficult to do.

I would like to get in a better financial situation. I’m not always good with budgets and numbers. I hope I can improve on that this year.  More money isn’t always the answer.

I would like to move to a new house. This might affect the previous paragraph but we have been looking for our house for a long time. Maybe this will be the year if everything falls in the right place.

I would also like to be a more disciplined writer this year. I have my moments but not enough to really sustain momentum with the projects I am working on.

As you can see there are a lot of goals I have set for myself in 2019. I try not to do the resolutions because I don’t necessarily want this to be something directly related to the calendar and starting January 1st because if I have an off day I don’t have to feel like I’ve blown it for the rest of the year.

Most Americans have some type of resolution to start the new year, but how long do people actually stick to it?

A new study says 74 percent of people are still living up to their resolution six months later, while 39 percent make it through the whole year.

When it comes to the most searched goal online for 2019, personal health tops the list for both men and women.

Starting an exercise routine and losing weight are top of mind for millions right now, after a long holiday break filled with food and fun.

It’s recommended adults get at least two and a half hours of moderate exercise per week. Weight training should be included in routines twice per week.

The second most popular resolution is saving money, followed by sleeping more and spending more time with family.

According to a University of Scranton Department of Psychology study, people who took the time to make resolutions were 10 times more likely to change their lives for the better after six months than people who aspired to do better but didn’t make a formal New Year’s resolution.

We all should set reasonable goals and do our best to meet them.  I think we make a mistake if we set out with a daily resolution because too many times if we fail to keep it one day then we tend to throw in the towel for the rest of the year.  Set reasonable goals and work toward them.  It isn’t about how many days in a row you do something, it is the determination to keep at it and see it through.

As we enter into 2019, let’s aim for something to improve our lives and the lives of others around us.

Happy New Year!

Deciding On Scanning Paper In-House


Although it isn’t as often as it was in the past, there are still times when we must do something with scanning paper documents.  Most attorneys have no clue what is involved in getting paper converted into electronic images.  There are a lot of factors involved in this process.  You can’t always just load up the scan and press scan.

Here are some things to consider before you decide to tackle a document scanning project:

  • Do you have the time to commit to scanning?  This isn’t a project you can simply add to your multi-tasking.  You have to be alert and focus on the project.
  • Do you have the right equipment?  You may have to use a flatbed scanner for some documents.
  • How much do you need to scan?  Trust me on this point…do NOT let an attorney give you an estimate on how much.  Look at the project with your own eyes first.
  • What are the condition of the documents?  Will you have to remove staples?  Are the documents bound?  Are they various sizes?
  • Scanner settings.  It’s not always once-size-fits-all for the scanner.  There may be some documents where you will have to adjust the brightness and color.  You can’t just rely on having it all set to automatic.
  • When is the deadline?  Set reasonable goals.  Don’t try to impress anyone with short, unrealistic deadlines.
  • Just scanning the paper is not the end.  There is time needed for reviewing the images to make sure they were scanned correctly.  You may or may not need to put your eye balls on every single image but plan in this time to your project.
  • Bates numbering.  Decide before you scan the first page how the documents will be numbered.
  • Don’t advertise or brag about the project when you are finished.  Sorry, but no one cares unless you want MORE scanning projects.

Deciding to scan documents in-house is a very time-consuming project.  It is also VERY boring.  Don’t make it where you have to sit and scan non-stop from the time you arrive until the time you leave work.  Scan documents in chunks.  Give yourself breaks.   Scan for an hour or two in the morning and then another 1-2 hour session in the afternoon.  This will keep you fresh.

If you delegate this duty to a student or intern, don’t just dump it on them and forget about it.  Stay on top of the project and check the work.

It is rare to still have to scan paper but when you do, you need to develop a good plan to get it done.  Hopefully these pointers will help you.