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In-House Legal Tip: Take Time Off

A good holiday underpins many months of elevated in-house performance.

2 minutes • 04 Dec 23


Burnout doesn't make you a better lawyer. It just makes you broken.

As we approach what is the most important holiday season of the year for most of it – it is timely to reflect on the importance of taking a good break.

For in-house lawyers - taking truly restive holidays are not a luxury and should not be thought of as such. If you don’t service the machinery, it will break. You are no different.

Taking good rest is a critical part of being a highly effective lawyer.  Here's why:

  • Mental Rejuvenation: Breaks recharge your mind, fostering clarity and creativity.
  • Enhanced Productivity: Regular time off correlates with increased on-the-job efficiency.
  • Health Matters: Stress takes a toll; breaks contribute to better physical and mental well-being.
  • Prevents Burnout: Consistent breaks are a shield against the pervasive threat of professional burnout.
  • Quality Decision-Making: A rested mind makes better, more considered decisions.
  • Work-Life Balance: Prioritize personal time for a healthier work-life equilibrium.
  • Long-Term Sustainability: Sustainable performance requires periodic recharging.
  • Boosts Morale: Time off is a morale booster, improving overall job satisfaction.
  • Creativity Thrives: Innovation often sprouts during moments of relaxation.
  • Quality Relationships: Strengthen personal connections, a crucial aspect of holistic well-being.

So, what does a good holiday look like? Observe these 5 golden rules at all times.

  1. At least one 2 week holiday once a year.
    2. Be completely unavailable
    3. Zero checking of your emails
    4. Organise your workload before you go
    5. Give you loved ones your undivided attention

Taking time off isn't a luxury; it's an investment in sustained excellence. Prioritize your well-being; it's the cornerstone of long-term professional success and family harmony.

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