Ah, the day after Labor Day. Welcome back, first of all. Did we encourage so many relaxation methods or vacation tips that you, over-worked attorney, actually took time off this past 3-day weekend? If so, good for you. But, we may have forgotten to mention that returning from a long holiday weekend (read: back to reality) is often one of the tougher adjustments any attorney will have to make on a regular basis.
Well, we can't let that be the case for too long. So, first off -- go caffeinate. Then, here are 3 tips that will hopefully help you get through this day so that it's both bearable and productive:
1. Start small. Easing yourself into the workday may be the best way to do it. After a short hiatus, there will inevitably be pesky little tasks that you'll forget about when you return. Don't put these off until the end of the day or the day after -- start with them first. Social media is a good option when it comes to smaller, but necessary tasks. Make sure that all your social media forums are cleaned, updated accordingly, and still accurately reflect everything property.
2. Prioritize. Just because you started off with checking all your Google alerts and updating your website or Facebook page, however, doesn't mean that you're done. The key to getting through a particularly challenging day is to prioritize. While you may not approach everything in beast mode or get as much done as you would a regular work day, the important tasks should still be the forerunners and they should still be tackled. This of course includes any court dates, ensuring that all filing deadlines are met, and communications with clients to confirm that things are still in order. Then you can slack off, a little.
3. You can still relax. No, we're not crazy. Yes, you did just come back from hopefully a relaxing weekend and need to jump back into work. But, the key to being productive and energized is to continue to maintain your physical and mental health. Don't hit the burnout period too soon, once again. This doesn't mean that the next weekend should be another vacation for you (unless, of course, you have the means and time to -- then, go for it). However, it is it a reminder that if you need a power nap, still, go for it.
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