The internet is actually changing your brain. A study found that heavy web users have heavy activity in the left pre-frontal cortex. When web novices were trained in heavy web use, their pre-frontal cortex also lit up. This is the same part of the brain that is used for hunting and gathering.
The problem is heavy web users were shown distractions during the study, their attention was shifted from the task to the distraction. Put another way, web surfers are more likely to be distracted – and we are becoming trained to be distracted.
What can you do about this?
Read a book. No, really! Books are sequential. They don’t have hyperlinks (which you have to choose not to click on). They don’t have banner ads or “punch the monkey” flash ads.
Use a “no-distraction” timer. Set a timer for 25 minutes. Until the timer rings, no twitter, no email, no web, no phone calls, no interruptions from co-workers or anyone else. JUST WORK! Use the 25 minutes to get things done.
The only downside of the Notebook is that it is not a cloud application and you have to have a computer (a Mac, actually) to use it. You cannot read Notebook files on on portable devices likes iPads or iPhones.
Step 1: export your Notebook. Click File –> Export as Website –> To Disk
Step 2: move the html file to your iPhone or iPad using Airsharing.
Step 3: there is no step 3.
Now you can view your Notebook file on your iPhone or iPad including all of your attachments! That means all of the PDFs, the audio files, the video files (!) you put into a Notebook are THERE in your portable Notebook file!
IMPORTANT: make sure to have “copy the file into the Notebook” selected for the attachments to be included with the exported html file.
Here are some considerations:
Manual process. You have to manually export each notebook.
Read only. The exported html can only be viewed. You cannot add, change or remove things from the exported notebook file.
Notebooks are not updated. One of the gems of the Notebook, is that it is so easy to update what is going on with your case. It may be obvious that once you export the file as an HTML is that the exported file is a snapshot of the Notebook file at a particular time. The exported notebook file will not update with any additional information you may put into the Notebook file on the computer.
MILOfest is an annual conference for Mac based law firms.
I am heading out to the Macs in Law Offices Convention – MILOfest 2010.
For the next 4 days I will be in Orlando learning about new developments in the legal Mac-a-verse, new ways to run a law firm on an Apple computer, and all the ways being a Mac based lawyer makes your life easier!
Inspiration does not last. And does not present itself at a time of your choosing. In fact, it will often appear at amazing inconvenient times: when you supposed to be doing homework with the kids, taking care of other work, or driving.
And it hits you! The idea, the thought, that breath of the divine. And you can either stop whatever else you are doing and give yourself over to the inspiration, or try to hold on to it just as long as you can.
The following TED with Elizabeth Gilbert on creativity captures the essence of it.
Guest writer, Corrine A. Tampas, of What’s Your Authority got such a good response, that I have begged her to write another piece on the most common questions asked when hiring a contract lawyer. Corrine was gracious enough to agree:
1. What is the nature of your law practice?
At present, I conduct legal (and taxation) research and writing for other attorneys (and tax professionals). I do not take pro se clients. I do not represent corporations or businesses in transactional matters unless they have an attorney of record with whom they would like me to work.
2. What services do you offer?
Just about anything on the civil side, including tax matters. This includes opinion letters, litigation documents, requests for private letter rulings, and tax appeals. Sometimes an attorney-client wants me to conduct research without drafting a document. It is all based on what is needed.
3. How did you decide that there is a need for this kind of law practice?
I have known too many frazzled solos and small firm practitioners that were simply overworked. Their practices had grown too large for them to do all the research that needed to be done on certain cases, yet had not grown large enough to bring on new hires. This gives a growing firm room to breathe before making a commitment to expand. Read the rest of this entry »