With the upcoming holiday season just around the corner at your firm, there are some things you should keep in mind. Sure, Halloween hasn't even really passed yet, but we all know that once it does, the holidays will come barreling through at an unapologetic pace.
With that said, it's best to be prepared. Keep in mind the following for things, in preparation for the upcoming holiday season:
Your schedule. Holiday time means family time, which means possible vacation time. Yes, that even goes for attorneys. Make sure that you plan ahead, if you intend to take time off for the holidays (because, you really should). This means delegating, setting things up ahead of time, or lowering your caseload for the time being so that you don't have to stress about returning to a mountain of work.
Different cases. A lot of things happen over the holidays. Generally, people are traveling more, working with different schedules, in new places, in old places, etc. With all these changes may come a new sector of law that you'll be called to look into. If you are more of a generalist, be prepared for all the possible changes in your workload with the holidays -- especially in your actual practice areas.
Everyone else's schedule. Of course, there will likely be other associates and staff at your firm who will want to take time off for the holidays, as well. Remember, the sooner you know, the better you can plan ahead. This especially applies if you'll need to shift dates, delegate some more, or tweak your own schedule to make it all work.
Your waistline. Last but not least, let's not forget one of the best parts when it comes to the holidays: All. That. Food. Holiday parties and special treats at work, at home, and everywhere else. You should, of course, treat yourself, but, keep in mind that your waistline may see changes. In a somewhat sedentary profession that already reports weight gain as somewhat of an epidemic, it's best to still try to combat it, as best you can. Not just for your profession, but, well, for your health.