As the summer continues, many of our law practices may start to wind down a bit, or we may find fewer opportunities to network during the vacation season. Over the years I’ve realized it’s important to embrace these slower cycles as opportunities that allow you to focus on yourself or on administrative projects that can then help you go into September with a strong foundation.
Perhaps your office offers some perks during the summer – reduced hours, early closures on Fridays, more relaxed dress code and so on. If so, take advantage of these opportunities. Don’t be the last person working late – go home and spend time with your family. Resolve that you won’t take those files home and work on them once the kids go to bed – instead, leave work at work for once and do something fun with your significant other. Or do absolutely nothing! It’s OK to do nothing and enjoy it. In fact, it’s healthy.
As far as the administrative foundation: Organize your client lists, create follow-up systems or clean out those old files that have been haunting you all year. This type of work is essential to success, but you probably find you don’t have time for it during the busy periods. Resolve to complete some of these projects over the summer. You’ll find that you are more productive with your billable work with these organizational systems in place.
So, this summer, resolve to spend more quality time with those you love and work on those foundational tasks that will help you be more productive in general. You’ll feel healthier and happier for it!
Do any of our readers have any suggestions for self-care that they’d like to share?
Richard Adams is an associate with Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP in Baltimore.