I am pleased and honored to publish the following Guest Post, “The Law Firm of Tomorrow, Part Three – Why We Decided to Write This Book and How We Made Publishing History” by Larry Port:
I’m a productivity junkie. I enjoy reading books about how to be more streamlined, more efficient. My idea of a good time is to kick back with a good to-do list, calendar, and some 3 x 5 index cards. And when I find a cool new technique to save time or stay focused that I’ve never heard of before, I feel like a kid on Christmas.
Followers of our blog, Legal Productivity, or our webinar series know we also like to write and produce content on this subject. And last October, we released the wildly acclaimed Legal Productivity: How Project Management, GTD, and Tomatoes Can Transform the Way You Practice Law.
When I say wildly acclaimed, I mean my mother was really excited about it. And actually, thousands of attorneys downloaded it and bought it from Amazon or got it for free at trade shows. Those trade show people, however, were bitter and disappointed that they didn’t walk away with a Rocket Matter Snuggie.
So this month, a year later, we released a sequel to Legal Productivity. We were toying around with “Son of Legal Productivity” or “The Return of Legal Productivity” or “Legal Productivity : The Search for Spock”, but instead, we made it Part Three of our new e-book series, The Law Firm of Tomorrow. In this way, we figured, our new volume is simultaneously the sequels of two different books, which we believe to be a first in publishing history.
You can download The Law Firm of Tomorrow, Part Three on us and send it to all your friends by clicking here. We commissioned a very cool cover, so we’re excited to publish the print version sometime in the future (or tomorrow, if you will), in the hopes that people will judge the book by the cover, and not the content.
All jokes aside, we feature a lot of pretty cool tips in the book. Two of the chapters focus on reducing the email nightmare, which I can say have truly helped me downgrade email from a category 5 nightmare to a category 1 nightmare. One chapter focues on a relatively new idea: namely, that all emails should be three sentences or less. Another explores the Zero-Inbox concept, which I practice religiously every day.
We also discuss the joys of getting rid of your stuff and tossing it into the dumpster, as well as embracing cycles to keep the conveyor belt of life and work moving smoothly. We hope you enjoy it, and let us know so with flowing praise. Any criticisms, and you’ll have my mother to answer to.
About the Author: Larry Port is the Founding Partner and Chief Software Architect of Rocket Matter, the leading web-based legal practice management and time tracking product. A speaker and award-winning writer at the crossroads of the legal profession and cutting edge technology, Larry writes extensively for legal publications, including Legal Management, Law Technology News, Law Practice Today, ILTA’s Peer to Peer, Lawyerist, FindLaw, Chicago Lawyer, and others.