Lawyers and snow days

I know that I was not the only one praying or meditating for a snow day this winter. And finally it came this week! Well, sort of. It was not the kind of snow day that I wanted. (I will be more specific next time I ask). But, due to the treacherous conditions, a lot of folks, myself included, decided to “work from home” or had to wait for the roads to be cleared before attempting the drive to work.

So what should you do when the snow arrives and you are snowed in? Keep working and stay on task! I know you don’t want to hear that, but nothing good comes out of your work piling up. I know you want to play in the snow and re-live your childhood, but this plan works.

1. Start working at the same time and/or before you usual start time at the office. I usually get started at 9 a.m., so I was at my desk at home and ready to work at 9 a.m. Tuesday. It’s OK if you choose to work in your pajamas but keep with the routine. Do not turn on the television or start listening to music (unless you generally work in that type of environment).

2. Once you begin working, do NOT stop until you have either completed a task (or a few) or find a good stopping point based on your workplace habits.

3. Take a break. During your break (whether it’s for lunch or something else), take time to go outside and enjoy the weather. Go for a walk, clean the car, build a snow-person or make snow angels. Since it is a snow day, take a little bit more time for relaxation. These days are scarce!

4. After the break is over, do whatever is necessary to get back in your work mindset because, well, you have to get back to work.

5. Start working again. Trust me, you will feel a lot better when you return to the office and you don’t have an avalanche of emails in your inbox. Your employers also probably expect you to meet your deadlines.

Gone are the days of “I had a snow day.” You are an adult and a lawyer now. Enjoy your “modified” snow day while being responsible.