In the legal field, “work hard, play hard” has become “work hard, work harder all other times.” Even though many law firms offer generous leave policies, attorneys often skip vacations or work while on vacation. While this dedication is admirable, it has led attorneys to have more alcohol and mental health problems than other professionals.
One of the first things you learn in law school is that you need to be careful about sharing, particularly anything relating to a case. But not sharing some of the aspects of your life as an attorney can lead to stress from work overload and breakdown in communication with important people in your life. As an attorney, your life is exceedingly busy. Sharing is an important part of excellent time management. Here are three simple things you can do every day to help you relieve stress and be more productive.
Let's face it, being an attorney was a high-stress career choice. We will even go so far to say that some attorneys (Biglaw, we are looking at you) look down at merely high-stress - what you have maybe worse so being resilient important to the job and your wellness. Resilience is the cornerstone of wellness and longevity in the legal field. So, how can attorneys build resilience? We have a few tips that may help
Longevity at any law firm or job for that matter requires associates to deliver real value to the table. How does a new attorney create value at their new job? Here is a look at a few ways you can create value regardless of which law firm or company you’re working for.
If the ultimate goal is to develop your business and move to the next level within the legal industry, it’s important to develop a growth mindset. A growth mindset is an idea that it takes hard, good strategy, and feedback for you or your organization to grow, that there are always opportunities to learn and develop new capabilities. A fixed mindset basically means that you believe your business needs nothing from the outside world, you're great and never change. A growth mindset will help you expand your current abilities and reach new and unimagined heights. Here are tips on developing a growth mindset for your small business.
There is no such thing as a nine to five attorney. Despite all firm efforts and legal staffers' attempt to keep a routine that is governed by "regular" hours, something always comes up. Time management is the complete opposite of the common practice of legal firms: Billable Hours. While this is not a written attack on the concept, it does bring up the question: how do you save valuable time while keeping the working dynamics of the firm?
Your small business's story or message is the cornerstone to building business relationships and increasing your bottom-line. Your story is all the things that differentiate you from your competitor; the things that have clients come to you instead of going across the street. The question is, how do you frame your brand’s story to help clients understand the value you're offering?
Professional development is critical to success at any level in the legal industry or any career for that matter. However, you cannot grow as an attorney unless you set and reach your professional development goals. What goals should you strive to hit? Here are four professional development goals you should set for your career
Hard working attorneys on the job hunt may find themselves unable to move forward at some juncture. Maybe they’ve been going fast and hard for months and suddenly need to stop. Or, maybe they’ve been unable to move forward on their job search for weeks. But is this loss of momentum procrastination or just plain laziness.