Even as I write this note I’m thinking - did I need to write this now? Should I be doing something else? It’s so easy - particularly as a busy litigation lawyer - to be pulled in to emails and the draw of keeping updated with internal and external news. The urge to reply and to be right there all the time with a client is powerful, but over time I have found more for myself and for my client by greeting a request with thanks and a plan for my reply. Obviously this doesn’t apply to urgent items, but even then, it can sometimes help a client to re-think the question of urgency. Taking time to reflect can often be the best first step.
Why is it so hard to avoid distractions? And how can you get better at it? Here are five tips to help you focus from author Nir Eyal.