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How Does Technology Help with Your Efforts to Achieve Work-Life Balance?

August 27, 2013

Technology can be very helpful and, at the same time, very intrusive, in my efforts to manage my life. Being the mother of three teenagers (15, 17, and 19), I find texting an extremely valuable tool. It allows me to stay in touch with the kids, and my husband, from work. Texting also allows me to share little notes or interesting news with my family. And I love being able to dictate texts and messages—it saves so much time! On the other hand, I often fall prey to a feeling that life cannot go on unless I check my phone every few minutes. I cannot count the times I’ve opened an email on the weekend and wished I hadn’t, or allowed my sleep to be interrupted by the little tone that means someone new has connected with me on LinkedIn. I am drawn to the phone because the information available from clients and coworkers is so fascinating. I am glad for that. I do think it is important to set limits, however. Oftentimes that means turning the phone or the tablet upside down, or leaving it in a different room, because it is important to have some disconnected time, too.

 

Teresa M. Beck is a partner with Lincoln, Gustafson & Cercos in San Diego, California, and Phoenix, Arizona.

 

Keywords: woman advocate, litigation, words of wisdom, technology

Technology makes it possible for me to juggle many balls simultaneously—as a lawyer, as a mom, and as a bar leader. I am available 24/7––which isn’t always a good thing, but it allows for control, even while on the other side of the planet. I can take my tablet or my smart phone to a ball game or on vacation, and still check emails, read and edit documents, and be available to clients. I can research cases and read articles on the tablet in a way that wasn’t available when I began practicing 20 years ago. Technology is an amazing thing. The trick is not letting it control your life. I was surprised at how it allowed us to really enjoy two weeks overseas recently. Because we were able to spend some time addressing emails, we didn’t come back to hundreds of emails after the vacation ended. It actually removed pressure in a way that I hadn’t expected.

Shayna M. Steinfeld is a partner with Steinfeld & Steinfeld, P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Keywords: woman advocate, litigation, words of wisdom, technology

August 27, 2013