Whaddya mean, unplug from all things digital for 3 days?

Regular readers (all 6.7 of you) know how I love it when all my blathering is subsequently borne out by actual studies.

A few days ago, it happened again: Unhooking from your digital pacifiers makes you more productive and probably happier. At the very least, you’ll feel less tense and be able to process information better.

panoply of digital devices

Are your digital devices disconnecting you from yourself?

That’s the conclusion of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Michigan, as reported in the NYT (Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime) on Aug. 24, 2010. The bottom line:

“when people keep their brains busy with digital input, they are forfeiting downtime that could allow them to better learn and remember information, or come up with new ideas.”

New ideas like how to find an alternative legal career, maybe? I’m just sayin. Continue reading

Suspect ADD? A Few Insights for Attorneys

If you’re unhappy in law because you

  • hate the lack of creativity in it,
  • despise having to show each tiny piss-ante step of reasoning when it’s freaking OBVIOUS how you got there,
  • get bored and pissed with all the pointless bickering back and forth about commas and such–except when you’re really exorcised about something you wrote,
  • rail at all the ridiculous workplace rules about listening to music on your computer (for example),
  • seethe at the dress codes with such specific rules about flip-flops v. sandals,
  • billing time is the albatross of your existence, plus
  • buckling down to work often feels impossible, even though you know you should,
  • miss deadline often, and
  • are late to work often

you may want to contemplate whether an evaluation for ADD makes sense.

Post-it pile on ADDer desk

Post-it pile on ADDer desk

(Here’s one quiz to get you started.) Just because you did well in school doesn’t mean that you are immune from ADD. The authors of one of the ADD bibles, Driven to Distraction, are MDs who practice in Boston, and are ADDers themselves. Continue reading