Bethany Kolenic writes a blog post for the Young Lawyers Blog on how to stay busy and productive when you have “nothing to do.” I think it is good to try to apply these lessons during down time in an otherwise busy day. If you show up early for a hearing, the dentist, or whatever else.
One time I can’t really “stay busy” is during breaks in a trial or while the jury is out. I’m either getting ready for what I have to do or I’m killing time. One day, I would like to have a Bill Clinton-like (he’s second nod on this blog today before 8:45 a.m.!) ability to just compartmentalize and focus on making the most of my time in every moment. But I’m pretty sure I’ll be twiddling my thumbs next time I have a jury out.