Manely Firm - June 2019

E njoy Y our F amily T ime By Taking a Break From Your Phone

Setting some time aside to be with family is important, but it can be difficult when everyone is always on their cellphones. Constant cellphone use has become a global problem, and the habit is hard to break because we rely on mobile devices heavily for work, school, and keeping in contact with friends and family. Luckily, there are plenty of apps that can reduce how often you’re on your phone and minimize distractions. SIEMPO After you install Siempo on your phone, it will ask which apps are likely to distract you. Once you select them, the app will move those apps away from the home

screen and place the important ones, such as the messaging, contacts, email, and calendar apps, on the first screen. You can also designate times for specific apps to be used throughout the day. STAY FOCUSED Stay Focused is like Siempo, but there are some significant differences. You can set times to access certain apps and put the most distracting ones on lock. Stay Focused also has a “strict mode” that prevents you from uninstalling it, so be sure to think carefully before activating the lockdown because you won’t have access to those specific apps until the timer runs out. FOREST In the time that Forest takes control of your device for a set time limit, the app starts growing a tree. Once the tree is fully grown, your time is up, and it joins the other trees that were

grown during other breaks. If you pick up your phone and try to access an app, Forest will send you a notification asking you if you want to kill your baby tree by giving up. Who says guilt isn’t a good motivator? BESIDES APPS Aside from using these apps, silencing your phone and putting it in another room, leaving it in your car if you’re out at dinner, or keeping it in your purse or back pocket during a social event can also reduce your screen time. Having your phone out of sight and out of reach will keep the temptation of pulling it out at bay. Spending time with your family is crucial, and with these apps and tips, you’ll enjoy each other’s company without too many screen distractions.

M eet D avid P urvis

A Pract i t ioner and Partner in Fami ly Law

Our priority at The Manely Firm is family, and no one knows that better than David Purvis. David, a partner at The Manely Firm for almost three years, has gone above and beyond to achieve our goals in family law. David first joined us when Shelia called him in search of a new attorney for the Savannah office. Since then, David has grown to deeply cherish family law. “I can’t imagine practicing anything else,” he says. “Each of our cases is different. Every day there’s something different we work on, and we’re dealing with real people who are going through difficult situations. So, we need to have a strong desire to help people.” Helping people is a huge part of what we do here at The Manely Firm, and David understands exactly what that means. On the purpose of family law, David says: “You might hear that everyone who goes into law school does it to help people, but I don’t think that’s sincere. It might sound good to hear or to see on paper, but until you get into the flaws and messiness of other people’s lives, you don’t understand what it truly

means to get them through a difficult situation. We see that throughout our work in family law, which makes it incredibly challenging but also incredibly rewarding as a result.” David not only works tirelessly as an attorney but also as an adjunct professor at Savannah Law School. He’s taught for the past 4 years, and with each year, his knowledge grows. “Teaching others what family law is and how it’s practiced has certainly helped me as a practitioner. We’re always looking for areas to improve on and learn from, and sometimes, that learning comes from teaching. It’s funny because I’ve probably gotten more out of teaching those classes than some students have,” he adds. With rare moments of free time out of the office and classroom, David spends time with his family. A true family man, he’s hardly without his wife and sons by his side. “Family means everything to me,” David says. “I don’t know if I do a whole lot of anything that doesn’t involve my wife and my sons. The limited free time I have is spent playing with my two boys.”


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