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HOW do I stop making dumb mistakes. Like I am literally spelling peoples names wrong and getting super complicated waterfalls right. Every major substantive thing is right and oops I forget to change the notice address/the title of the person signing. Or the numbering is wrong. Give me all the tips because I’m done with myself. Ps I’m a 4th year and sick of it 😒

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Get some more sleep

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This is probably my main issue lol

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Make a list of common mistakes - continue to add to it. Before you submit anything, check it for those common mistakes. For emails, go to settings to set a delay for sent emails. It will sit in outbox for a minute to give you time to fix mistakes after that “oh crap” realization you get right after hitting send.

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This is a good idea - like, dates, names, page numbers, headers/footers, TOC, etc. it’s all the dumb stuff that I can’t do right

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A good secretary or paralegal (or even a junior associate) can be super helpful with stuff like this. I’ve always been a “macro thinker” and overlook minutiae. So someone who is more mindless detail oriented would seriously help you. We’re all good at something, and not at others. So what I used to do when in private practice was to tell my secretary what I’m not good at and make sure she checked the stuff I knew I’d miss.

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Oh, yes there is.

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Adderall

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For some reason I always end up saying red flaps instead of red flags in emails/ dd memos

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Print it out and read over it before submitting

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I do that and unfortunately my brain still skips over things

I try and let drafts sit overnight before editing them and turning them back to the partner/client. Not always possible with the demands of the job but I notice more of these details after I’ve been able to step away from the draft for a bit and allowed my brain to recharge/reset.

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I second this. Even if you can “step away” for 30 minutes (grab a coffee, take a walk, etc. but don’t think about work) and then review the document, it makes all the difference!

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Do you know why these mistakes happen? I notice I introduce mistakes when EDITING but less so when writing. So I’m hyper vigilant when editing. I also noticed I introduce mistakes when I’m rushing. So I try to slow down. Take my time, and don’t worry about the pressure to flip a response back in 5 mins.

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Editing my own work is something I struggle with. That’s why I like a other set of eyes. H the substance isn’t the issue. It’s random embarrassing typos, etc., that get me. As I said, a good secretary goes a long way in correcting that.

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Make a checklist and have a trusted colleague check your work. It’s much easier to catch other people’s mistakes than your own. Also you’re human and every brief I get has errors. Honestly it’s the senior and partner level attorneys who’s work product is riddled with errors. You’re doing fine.

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I'll throw in my two cents here, cuz I struggle with similar issues (also a 4th year). I don't think you have the emotional bandwidth for the work. Maybe take a vacation, get a change of scenery, and really take stock of why you're at the job. Reflection and rest often puts me back on the horse.

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This is probably true. New parent and my brain is gone.

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Make a check list and have a junior review, then you review the junior. I find that I have a more critical eye when reviewing others work and I also find that others that review my work have a more critical eye simply because they didn’t spend the time drafting. Also sounds like you have to slow down and be careful. Being meticulous is an excellent skill for a lawyer.

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How about a list and a junior/secretary reviewing?

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Sleep.

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Print it out in a different font and proofread

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