Let’s be honest: If you’re a successful attorney or make your living in the high-pressure legal support services industry, you’re probably accustomed to working long hours.
Most likely, you’ve missed birthday parties, Sunday brunches, soccer games, and school conferences. Maybe your work schedule is even keeping you from maintaining your physical health and well-being.
There’s a fundamental idea that in order to have a successful and thriving legal career, the greatest success is given to those who eat, sleep, and breathe law, and those who are the first to arrive and the last to leave the office every day.
Is it possible to achieve a perfectly-balanced work-life ratio? Probably not. But is there a way to make time for the people and activities that improve your life immensely? Yes. Here’s how our team at DLE Court Reporters balances our professional and personal lives. We hope it helps.
- Define your priorities. First, take a close look at your values; what’s important to you? If your priorities line up with those core values, and support their existence, you’re probably achieving a pretty good balance.
- Identify your distractions. Do you ever decline a work-related task? It may be time to say no to work that doesn’t fuel your energy levels and gets in the way of your already long to-do list. Multi-tasking is another culprit to inhibiting your productivity, and we all know that electronic interruptions can steal hours right from under your thumb.
- Develop boundaries. Your career will take as much time as you allow it to take. There will always be another case to handle, another deposition to direct, and deadlines around every corner. Strive to keep office hours and communicate them to the rest of your firm, and make a serious attempt not to do anything work-related outside of those hours.
Our team at DLE Court Reporters also believes in building unavailable time blocks into your schedule. These are chunks of non-negotiable times set aside for yourself to maintain your personal well-being. They don’t have to be big time investments – 30 minutes will do – but the key is to respect them as though they belonged to one of your clients.
Perhaps the greatest tip we can give you in terms of achieving work-life balance is to enlist our services to handle your important work details, from depositions to video-conferencing arrangements, and any other legal support services you require.
We’re here for you at DLE Court Reporters…except on Sundays, when we will probably be at brunch (just kidding – need us on a Sunday and we’ll skip our avocado toast).