The work that you do as a lawyer is time intensive, competitive, and emotionally draining. The stress of the job can lead to burnout if you don't develop positive habits to manage stress. The National Law Review provided some helpful strategies to improve your work-life balance.
Take time to think about what you would like your personal and professional life to look like and then strategize how you will accomplish those goals. National Law Review states, "Work-life balance is an individualistic process. Lawyers need to determine what’s working and what isn’t to identify patterns and develop concrete goals." Some examples of work-life balance goals may be not working on weekends, not working past a certain time at night, or going for a walk on your lunch break.
Prioritize self-care, vacations, and time with family and friends. Doing activities that you enjoy will refresh you and allow you to avoid burnout and perform better at work. While you are having personal time, try to avoid checking your work email. National Law Review states, "It’s common for lawyers to sneak in some time on weekends or during vacations to get ahead, but it’s important that they understand that they need some distance in their personal lives."
Trial lawyers often help their clients through an extremely difficult time in their lives, so it is important for you to take the time to recharge so you can continue to help others for years to come. For more work-life balance tips, click here to read the article by The National Law Review.