For some lawyers, the work day never ends.
Twenty years ago, lawyers left their phones and computers at work. Thanks to increased mobility, lawyers now send email from their phones, read briefs and cases on tablets, and are rarely seen without a laptop. Unfortunately, the never-stop-working work ethic means that more attorneys are burning out.
So how do you stop the vicious cycle? Try actively disconnecting from the office at the end of the day.
Of course, that's easier said than done. If you're the type of person who can't rest until you've reached a proper stopping point, it may be helpful to start winding down your day approximately 30 minutes before you leave the office.
Last year, Forbes' Jacquelyn Smith outlined 14 things you should do at the end of every work day. If you have time for a 14-step end-of-day ritual, check out her tips. If you're looking for an abridged way to end your day, we've refined some of her tips and added a few of our own to create a handy checklist of five things to do before you leave the office.
These, of course, are just a few suggestions. You should customize your end of day ritual with whatever steps help you disconnect. The important thing is that you find a way to leave the office at the office so you can avoid burnout.