Lawyer-Mode: Find Your "On/Off Switch"

Posted on 02-16-2017 by
Tags: lawyer , off switch , life , habits , work-life balance

It's incredibly easy to say, "I'll just finish this up" when you should be in your car driving home.  Lawyers, if you never turn lawyer-mode off, you don't give yourself time for the other things you enjoy.  You're going to walk through life as a lawyer, and it's important to remember, there's more to life than being a lawyer.  To help you find your off switch, consider these suggestions:

Find What Works

  1. Leave your work at work.  It's easier said than done, but the second you step out of the office, it's "you" time - not "night shift" time.
  2. If you go onto an online forum specifically for lawyers, or stay extra hours at the office, don't stay too long.  Getting advice, chatting, and getting more work done seems helpful, but if you're doing these things for a work-related purpose, you're not giving yourself any time for anything else.
  3. Whether it's starting a blog, getting together with or making friends, make a list of things you want to do.  Do one each week.
  4. Pick one thing you wouldn't normally do and set a nightly routine around it.  Go on a walk, spend time with the family, or rekindle a hobby.

Your Personal Life Shouldn't be #2

Your habits will live with you until you retire.  Don't wait for your own practice or partnership - your habits won't be any different.  It's imperative that you establish a boundary now between your two worlds - like the threshold between an on/off switch.  The sooner you get in the routine of doing something for yourself, the healthier you'll be.  Not to mention... your quality of life will increase as well.

Remember, taking care of yourself is just as important as your work.  Don't just take my word for it though.  Written by a lawyer to lawyers, take a second to read this article from Lawyers and Liquor.

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