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Is a Working Vacation a Good Idea?

If you've been keeping on top of your workload and you see that you somehow, perhaps miraculously, don't have any court appearances, or even any meetings, you may be considering taking a little impromptu summer vacation.

If you're in that boat, well, then you might as well work from a boat, or a dock, or a shore, or some other summer paradise. If you're not convinced, below are a list of reasons why taking a working vacation is actually a really good idea.

1. You're Tired

Lawyering requires long hours of mentally taxing work (at least most, or some, of the time). It can be exhausting to slog through mountains of pleadings, discovery, and case law. Doing that poolside, or anywhere besides your office, makes it little bit more bearable, even if it will take longer as you take breaks to cool off by taking a dip.

2. Stress Kills

Lawyering is stressful. While a working vacation isn't as good as a real vacation, it has potential to be rather relaxing, especially if you have the right vacation-office gear, and plan relaxing or stress-relieving post-work activities.

3. You Love Your Family

While you may be miserable working from a hotel room desk on a small travel laptop and spotty wifi, sometimes you just have to take one for the team. At least after you unplug, you can spend time with a happy and relaxed family that is ready to do what you want to do (which might just be what they want to do).

4. Vacation Rainmaking

Nothing screams success like working poolside, or in some upscale destination. It shows that whoever employs you (even if it is you), has entrusted you with the autonomy to manage your time and workload. Just cause you're not in your office, and not in the traditional lawyer uniform, it doesn't mean you should stop networking.

5. Keep Up on That Hard Working Image

If you're worried about the boss thinking that you're slacking by being out of the office, make sure you keep connected online, and via phone and text. Also, be sure to send endless emails updating your boss and colleagues on what you're doing, workwise. Protip: find a remote desktop client that will let you access your computer from your smartphone.

6. Get Outside the Box to Think Outside the Box

If you're struggling to innovate or find a creative solution, then a vacation might be just what you need to order yourself (you're a doctor of something, right?). Sometimes you just need to get outside your own box to be able to think outside the box. And if it doesn't work, well, oops, you just took a vacation anyway.

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