Guest Post @ Lawyerist: Managing Outlook Reminders

Ideas for the tutorials on this site and the guest posts I write elsewhere come from a lot of different places. I watch more blogs in my RSS reader than I can count, I’m constantly keeping my ears open for coworkers’ problems, and of course any problems I personally experience with Microsoft Office become post fodder, too.

But by far the richest source of material on the site is e-mail I get from readers.

Take, for example, a fairly lengthy e-mail exchange I had with one reader. Here was a lawyer, trying desperately to keep a handle on deadlines and outstanding work, particularly stuff assigned to others. He’d made a pretty game effort to use Microsoft Outlook to keep track of everything.

And he was drowning in Reminders.

Frankly, it took a while (and a good bit of back-and-forth) before I really started understanding the source of the problem. But his initial question really piqued my interest: “What is the best way to manage reminders in Outlook, and why isn’t there a ‘snooze all’ button, like dismiss all? It is very annoying to get reminders going off all day.”

As we worked through the various aspects of this challenge, I made notes and did little research. The result of all that was not only a (I hope) successful resolution of his problem, but a new guest post over on Lawyerist. That post, Managing Microsoft Outlook Reminders, contains a whole slew of tricks for keeping that Reminders window from driving you completely crazy while still letting it do its job.

Click here for the complete illustrated tutorial. I bet you’ll learn at least one new thing!

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I spend an inordinate amount of my time playing with computers and attempting to explain technology to lawyers and law office staff. It's not always easy, but someone's got to do it.