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Battling vacation brain

Vacation BrainOn occasion, I struggle with a topic for my blog post. Occasionally, it is because my cases and workload do not give me an opportunity to consider a topic that I can really get behind. Sometimes it is because I have an upcoming vacation or event which hinders my ability to focus.

Right now, it’s a little bit of both.

The month of May has been a whirlwind of trials and court appearances for me. It began with an amuse bouche mechanic’s lien in Baltimore City Circuit Court, followed by an argument at the Court of Special Appeals as an appetizer and a bench trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County as the main course. This week,  a district court trial served as the dessert for my cornucopia of court appearances in May.

Much like any litigator, my trial schedule ebbs and flows, and I anticipated this month would be especially busy. For me, the finish line was Memorial Day Weekend, with an anticipated four days of uninterrupted inactivity (i.e. no work).

I develop a fairly normal routine when faced with several weeks (or months) when my workload is crushing. It’s really a balance of work, spending time with the family and exercise during the week, sprinkled with weekends filled with work, spending time with the family and exercise.

But four days off with nothing to do, after several weeks of always having something to do, sounds glorious. The problem? Vacation brain. I start to think about the time off before actually taking the time off.  While this is not a week-long vacation, it’s a welcome (albeit short) respite before the craziness of the summer starts.

To combat this issue, I make of list of everything that needs to be done before I leave and what can wait until I get back.  I get coverage for anything that may come up and tell clients that I will be out for the prescribe period of time. It’s not rocket science, but it just needs to be done.

All you need to do is get through the shortened week, which somehow I did. Hopefully my next blog post will have some sort of epiphany about the practice of law or a tidbit of legal advice.  In the meantime, I hope everyone gets their long weekend of non-work related joy.