For many legal professionals, a work-life balance seems like an elusive goal—impossible to reach with billable-hours requirements and client demands. And the move to remote work has blurred the lines between work and personal time even more.
Far too often, work can take precedence in our lives. Our desire to succeed professionally can often surpass the need to care for our own well-being. By setting priorities, making a plan, communicating with your team, and relying on the resources around you, you can maintain a well-rounded life and avoid burnout.
Make time for personal space
It’s no secret that people in the legal industry work hard. That’s why it’s essential to make time for yourself. Find something that you love and that brings you joy and set aside time to do it.
Enjoy digital free moments
When you get home, simply turn off your phone. Enjoy dinner in peace or spend quality time with your family without distraction.
Take a vacation or mini-break
We all need time away, not just from the office but from home too. Booking a vacation or extended weekend will not only give you something to look forward to but will allow you to recharge your batteries. When you’re away, be away. Leave your laptop and paperwork at home.
Set limits for working hours
Keep track of the number of hours you spend working. Consider how many hours you’re willing to work in a single day or week and stick to it. By asking yourself what amount of time you’d be happy to dedicate to work, you will know that anything above that will be detrimental to your personal life and happiness.
Learn to delegate effectively
Taking moments out of your day when your schedule is already bursting at the seams may seem impossible. It’s ok to accept the fact that you are human and cannot do everything. Make an informed decision about what you should do yourself and what others can do instead. Consider the outcome you wish for a task and look at the knowledge and expertise of those around you in order to select the right person for the job.
Prioritize your workload
Learning to prioritize your workload is vital. Ask yourself whether you need to respond to, or action, a request right away. If you have a long list of tasks, spend time establishing their order of importance.
Learn to say ‘no’
Juggling too many projects can have a damaging effect on your health and competency. Saying ‘no’ will be difficult at first, as it forces you to accept your limitations. Although saying ‘no’ may feel like you’re letting others down or showing weakness, it is actually a sign of strength.
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