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In the 21st century knowledge economy, a lawyer’s most valuable assets are time and attention. A lawyer’s job is to focus on and solve difficult problems, and success is dependent upon the ability to harness and direct energy toward creating solutions.

At the same time, most lawyers are more distracted than ever. The 24-hour, on-demand, always-on work culture is sapping lawyers of the willpower and energy necessary to remain focused on the task-at-hand for more than mere moments. Most emails result in an almost instantaneous reply, like a forehand volley at the U.S. Open. Every phone call adds another item to the to-do-list.

These circumstances make it difficult to keep up with client work. They make it seem nearly impossible to focus on important but not necessarily urgent issues like professional and business development.

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