One of my frustrations with myself (writing it out here so I can work on it) is that I will print out something that I need, such as a traffic collision report. I will read it without actually reading it. This results in spending time without actually retaining info. Does this happen to anyone else? I’ve found that I can actually focus when I truly force myself, but often this happens after I’ve discovered an error or an important piece of information that I should have noticed earlier.

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Read with your pen, not your eyes. Mark up the doc. Then once you’ve perused write a short summary. Then look at the original doc one last time with the eyes of opposing counsel looking to poke holes in your summary.

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Yes, all the time. Totally agree with SC1, I will export certain docs to my iPad and highlight, write notes, etc in adobe or goodnotes. I’m remote so printing and scanning is a pain and this is just easier for me, but when I was in the office I would print a working copy to markup as a reviewed.

The other thing that helps is to make a bullet list as I go. Sometimes I’ll open a draft email if I don’t need the notes later and just need to use that as a tool to focus.

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I do this literally all the time. I will read an entire article and not retain a single piece of information. Its alomost as though I didn't read it at all. So I have done what Senior Counsel 1 said above and read with my pen and mark all over the document. It really seems to help

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