Posted by Jay Kamlet on Nov 17, 2016
Work-life balance is possible as a lawyer, especially in independent law
You have worked hard through law school and your first positions as a lawyer. You have achieved a certain level of success and status, but still feel something is lacking. For many lawyers, that something is a sense of work-life balance.
Independent lawyers who run their own law practices often have an easier time achieving that balance, because they are in charge of their own caseload and their time. Your quality of life matters, and you can achieve more balance with the following tips:
Focus on what you are doing
When you are at work, your focus should be work. The same goes for your family, friends, pets, etc. If you are spending time with your family, be with them fully. You will work harder when you are at work and enjoy the time when you are off with your family.
Take care of yourself
If you don’t focus on your own health, you won’t be able to take care of everyone else and your job. Eat as healthy as possible and fit in exercise when possible. You should also try to take time for yourself to unwind. Though you might not get as much time as you need, it is still important to take care of yourself as much as you can.
Utilize your vacation time
As a business owner, it can be tempting to work around the clock. But you still need time off to recharge. It is important for your family to have vacations and time together to reconnect (especially if you have been busy lately).
You can build a successful career and law practice and still have a life outside of work. When you are the boss, give yourself the flexibility you need to schedule down time and personal time.
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