Regardless of what anyone says you can greatly reduce the time you spend per signing.
I prepare by doing some notary yes' & no's before hand.
- I hand the signers their copy so they can follow along as we go & make them aware if why they got it before the end of the signing. If they need to pause the signing for any reason they are not throwing me from my rhythm.
Not one time has a couple been leery of me doing this. Typically... one "leads" in signing while one will read through & check numbers, etc. If something is wrong the reader will stop things to get clarity.
Most people have an idea of what they are signing. If they have a good team... they know what to expect when you show up.
- Tag pages that require signatures with tiny post-its. All you should really be doing is flipping to those pages for signatures when with signers.
You should have the return copy in front of you as if you are going to read it. Handle the docs as though they are a book. You can sit, flip to the tagged pages (not page by page), and have them sign. By the time you are done you should have a stack of docs face down as if you flipped thru a magazine or book.
They only need contact with what they sign from the copy of the docs you have.
They have their copy in hand & you now have no reason to be shuffling your docs (the copy that is to be mailed / faxed /emailed back) when they have ?'s or discuss things amungst themselves.
- Everything I need to do on the docs is done before I show up to start the signing so when flipping pages the signers only need to sign (& date).
I stamp, date, sign before I start my trip to them. You can also pre-fill your log with as much as you can before you arrive. It makes completing a quick sign here then done process.
- Use technology if your state allows it. Texas does. I DO NOT keep a physical journal. Gave it up after my 2nd notary task.
I use NotaryAct and track the signing as a package. You can track the type & number of the various forms in the app under one mass occurrence. You can name the actual forms in the app.
Some will grimace at this BUT I have walked into court and placed my iPad Pro in a judges hand for him to review when he asked for my journal. He watched as I pulled up the info he needed and was elated with the ease of use and the amount of detail present.
Note... I do not profit from anyone's use of the app. I just find it useful & it saves me carrying yet another thing that could be separated from me. It limits my risk of exposing peoples private info by design as a perk. There is no hovering / covering entry as you should with a physical log to prevent curious eyes. 2.99 /month
- Get confident in your work & establish a rhythm/flow in what you do. You will spend way less time per signing as you gain confidence and more experience.
I saw a sign a mechanic posted that read "You did not pay me for the 15-30 minutes that it took me to repair your precious vehicle. You paid me for the 20+ years of experience that allowed me to repair it in such a short period of time."
The same is true in this line of work. Learn, gain experience, adjust & you will become more efficient.
Be warned... there are highly anal-retentive people. You may come across someone who wants read every page line by line.
That is another issue entirely.
That couple was likely just as new to the process as you were and just wanted to get things right.
This link shows if the app is accepted by your state:
(Why the forum keeps changing the numbers on the points is beyond me.)