One of the surprising things I discovered during a month-long silent meditation retreat was how addicted I was to my iPhone. It’s a rare event to go an entire month without any digital technology—free from screens and free from the constant 24-7 pings and buzzes. I frequently caught myself habitually reaching for my iPhone only to realize it wasn’t on me. It took a week or so before the phantom vibration of the phone faded.
Many lawyers struggle to find a healthy work-life balance. I often hear lawyers lament that they’re never fully present—one lawyer shared that she felt as though she was constantly failing. “When I’m at the office, I’m thinking about my kids, and when I’m with my kids, I’m glued to work email.”
While there is no easy answer for how to live mindfully in the hyperconnected digital world, there are some practices we can incorporate into our lives to create a healthier relationship with digital technology.