There is a misguided idea that in order to be successful, you must abandon your home life and focus solely on work. Think of how many people you know who never take a day off, work in the evenings, and spend their weekends working. Yes, exactly, so many of us are working more and more, leading to a complete neglect of non-work life.
We want this trend to stop. We want you to achieve a work-life balance that allows you to thoroughly enjoy your career and your life away from the office. When it comes to the legal profession, most people are overworked and feeling the stress of having too much work and not enough downtime.
In this article we suggest some ways you can achieve a work-life balance that hopefully will be easy for you to incorporate into your day-to-day. Remember, one way to quickly add more balance to your life is to outsource work, so now is the time to find a court reporter who can take on some of your work responsibilities.
Please do take the steps you need to do to balance your health with your court reporting career or other high-demand career.
Remove Activities that Don’t Add Value
Think about how you spent your last week. How much time did you spend on activities and tasks that really don’t matter that much. Sure, you need to vacuum, but does it have to be done at the end of an exhausting work day? Maybe instead of spending your limited free time cleaning, you can hire a cleaning company. Think of your recent work day, how much time was spent in endless meetings that really didn’t accomplish much. The next time a meeting is scheduled, don’t automatically respond yes, instead think of how this meeting can help you and how you can contribute. It’s very likely that many of your colleagues are spending too much time in ineffective meetings as well – so start a conversation about this.
Evaluate Your Career Goals
What do you want from your career? Do you want to run your own court reporting firm, or do you want to be working as a court reporter? What gets you excited about your career? Once you’ve identified what you want from your career, you’re better able to prioritize your work duties in accordance with your home life. Think about if the long hours are making a difference and helping you achieve your career goals.
Move Your Body
Schedule time for exercise and fresh air just as you schedule your work meetings and appointments. When you do this, you make taking care of yourself a priority. We know that exercise and fresh air are super important when it comes to improving your physical, emotional, and mental health. Not to mention, that the time you spend walking, swimming, cycling, running, rock climbing, etc. is a chance for you to disconnect from the office and give your brain the break it needs.
Say No More Often
You do not need to do everything. You cannot do everything. Say no more often. This means rejecting meeting requests, not taking on the extra weekend work project, baking cupcakes from scratch for every school bake sale, and agreeing to organize your office holiday parties. Only say yes to the events and activities that are super important to you. Of course, you can’t say no to every meeting request, but make sure you’re not wasting your time on meetings, conference calls, and client obligations that really don’t support your career and home goals.
Do not check your work email at home. In fact, be bold – remove your work email from your smartphone and mobile devices. Do not log into Slack or other online work forum in the evening and weekends. When you go on vacation, do not bring any work with you. We know this is not easy, but it’s super important.
Working too much and suffering from chronic stress is a real 21st century problem. A recent study revealed that people do actually work themselves to death. Do not be one of those people who works hard their entire career and neglects their friends, family, and passions.