Last year, my fellow blogger, Divya Potdar, wrote an article encouraging attorneys to take some time off to enjoy life and stop thinking about work. I think it is important to turn off your mind, not just to enjoy life, but also to enjoy sleep.
Because I own and manage my own law practice, my work can easily become my life. My mind is constantly thinking about the cases I need to prepare, the people I need to see, the tasks I need to accomplish, the calls I need to return, the emails I need to read and respond to and the deadlines I need to meet. I have to-do lists constantly scrolling through my mind.
And, sometimes, I wake up in the middle of the night realizing I never turned off my mind. When I went to sleep, my mind was still racing at the same pace it does during the middle of the day.
Some people have difficulty falling asleep if they have a lot on their mind; I can fall asleep with my mind racing as soon as my eyes close because I am completely exhausted when my head hits the pillow. Unfortunately, if I don’t unwind and stop thinking about my to-do list, my racing mind can wake me up numerous times throughout the night.
To sleep better, I have learned that I need to turn off my mind before I go to bed. Sometimes reading a book for pleasure or watching mindless television before sleeping is a nice way to unwind.
In other words, if I do something other than work right before bed, I tend to sleep a lot better. And when I sleep better, I am more efficient, productive and have a generally more positive disposition.