3 Ways to Avoid Burnout as a New Attorney

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Attorney burnout is high especially for new attorneys working in fast-paced law firms. But how can a new attorney avoid burnout so they can continue to practice law? Here are a few tips:

  1. Humanize your workweek. No matter how good you are at time management, you can only accomplish so much in a day since there is a limited amount of hours. You must be willing to cut your workweek hours down to a schedule fit for a human life. It’s okay to sometimes work very long hours, but doing that all the time is a recipe for burnout.
  2. Take time off. Whether you’re taking lunch, short breaks, or a two-week vacation, you must set aside time away from your job. This will require that you manage your workload effectively so that you can comfortably take the breaks you need. Never taking a break or a vacation is guaranteed to burn you out eventually.
  3. Choose the right law firm. Every lawyer has a different temperament when it comes to work. Some lawyers do well with many long hours while others need a more casual work pace. It’s up to you to determine which type of lawyer you are. Pick the law firm that has a workload that fits your needs. If you get stressed by long hours and heavy workloads, a Biglaw job may lead to burnout.

Attorney burnout can cost your employer time and money, and ultimately it can cost you your career. In the end, burnout can prevent you from performing to the best of your abilities.

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