Let us consider the many benefits of being a lawyer . . . Now, let us consider the many detriments: chronic lower back pain, blurry vision, headaches, confusion, memory problems, anti-social tendencies, prison sentences, narcissism coupled with delusions of gran- deur, and being disrespected by everyone. There are countless nuisances as well, including excessive student debt and chronic unemployment. I think we can all agree that technology is largely to blame for everyone and
everything wrong with the world. Life very well may have been better when we were
trampled underfoot by woolly mammoths and eaten by saber-tooth tigers. But those
days are long gone and now we must adjust to a technological landscape that would
cause Jules Verne to soil himself.
The Ruinous Nature of Technology
Technology has changed the slings and arrows of stress, but not the armor. 1 The
modern lawyer’s quintessential technology-laden stress battlefield now includes
toothbrushes incorporating “patented sonic technology,” automatic coffee grinders
and brewers, 300 urgent emails a day seven days a week, Windows updates, voice-
mail, faxes, Skype, IT departments, 2 lack of IT departments, tablets, viruses, trojans,
To combat the ruinous nature of tech-
nology, all you have to do is abide by the
following eight principles:
• Take care of yourself to better man-
• Make your workspace ergonomic.
• Set aside time where you can get
work done uninterrupted.
• Occasionally eschew email.
• Maintain at least three primary email
addresses: work, personal, and other.
• Review your work email three times a
day, not every six minutes.
• Embrace cryopreserving.
Faced with an unpleasant environment
or situation that you can’t easily avoid
or change, such as Windows 8, you
might think that technology can help.
But it can’t. 3 The good news for you?
Non-technological woo-woo stress
remedies are infinitely less expensive
and more effective than any off-the-shelf technology, and you have the ability, right now, at little or no cost, to deal
effectively with stress. 4
First piece of advice — when you can’t
avoid a stressful situation, you change
how you react to that situation. And it
is easier to recognize stress and change
how you react to a stressful situation
when you are healthy and well-rested.
Eat right, limit your alcohol intake, get
plenty of rest, exercise regularly, 5 and
you can look forward to ending your legal career with no more than the usual
wear and tear. 6
Ergonomics, including a
Invest in a good chair, a good monitor,
and a good keyboard. Sit up straight.
Stand up and walk around every 60
If We Can’t Make Technology Stand
Still, We Can At Least Make It Run
by Brian P. McLean