LOW TECH, SUSPENSE, SUSPENSE, SUSPENSE!
Published to: 000113, 000116, West Virginia Lawyer - Tips and Techniques
on April 26, 2013 9:16 pm
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1.You can’t get much lower tech than a plastic banker’s box with 31 drop folders.
2.Number them for the days of the month.
3.Put a copy of each outgoing piece of correspondence, pleadings, discovery, in on of those folders. Depending on the item, put it out there 2, 3 or four weeks.
4.Check the numbered folder EACH day for that number of the month!
5.Follow up or re-suspense as necessary.
6.I told my secretary of 40 years ago I still use that method, and she had a hearty laugh.
7.She had “computerized the suspense system for “ The Rome Air Development Center at Griffiss A.F.B., N.Y. years before.
8.Of course, we calendar everything also, using Outlook, and it is time to review whether this simple system is needed, but I have followed up tens of thousands of requests, messages, reminders, and actions using this simple daily habit. Nothing is cheaper.
9.NOT EVERYTHING HAS TO BE HIGH TECH.
This post was written by Burton Hunter