Podcast #86: Going Mobile without Losing Balance, with Kristin LaMont

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This week, Sam talks with Kristin LaMont, lawyer and adjunct professor, about how to maintain your work-life balance when your firm goes mobile.

The Benefits of Silence

Sam wanted to talk about how beneficial it is to take time out of your day and make sure nothing is calling for your attention. Scientists researching the effects of noise pollution in mice used silence on the control group. They found that interesting things were happening in the control subjects. When things were silent, the brain kicked into high gear to fill that silence and built new cells in the memory centers.

Aaron wondered about whether that meant that people should have more silence and less interruption during their work day—perhaps by avoiding things like open office plans or turning off notifications. Sam said he wasn’t sure that was the focus of the post he’d read, but that for him, external stimulus makes it hard to get things done. Setting aside quiet time to focus is important. Equally important is setting aside time when you are specifically available to be interrupted.

Going Mobile without Losing Balance, with Kristin LaMont

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Kristin LaMont is an attorney in Salem, Oregon, who has practiced family law for the past 23 years. She has a passion for supporting work/life balance for herself and members of her firm by offering flexible work options for attorneys and staff through the use of technology and actively incorporating mindfulness practices into the culture of her firm.

Kristin is active in the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Division. She is a frequent speaker on technology and practice management topics, and she teaches Law Practice Management as an Adjunct Professor at Willamette University College of Law.

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