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Career Center: Finding Your Work-Life Balance

Maintaining a good work-life balance can, in some cases, determine your longevity at your current job. Whether you’re a second year or a partner, the fact is everyone needs to balance work and life. This also means both parents and non-parents can take note of some of the tips we have in mind for you. If you plan to make a career out of Biglaw, it’s important to stay happy, healthy, and optimistic.

Speaking of optimism, it’s important to have a positive outlook, even when you might have to work around the clock on a big case. So what can you do to make sure you keep your head above water, and still manage to be on top of your game at work?

  • Stay on top of your calendar. Keep track of the deadlines in your cases or deals. If you know who is responsible for what, what tasks still need to be completed, and when they are due, you will be more informed and less anxious. Volunteer early on for tasks, but leave yourself room for emergencies that may come up in the process of completing tasks, such as drafting a motion.
  • Ensure your team knows what you’re doing. It’s important to let your partners know early when you will need to be out of the office or have other commitments. Put it on their calendars, and remind them later as well so you are less likely to get loaded with things all at once.
  • Understand your partners and your tasks. When you find out how your partners operate, it will be easier to give them the work product they want and in the correct format. For instance, if your partner prefers short, succinct memos in a particular font with three copies of all supporting case law in a tabbed and indexed spiral-bound binder, you will save time by getting it right on the first try. Also, make sure you understand your tasks before starting any job you’ve been given.
  • Delegate. Delegate. Delegate. Support from your assistants, paralegals, and junior associates early on can make the difference in how work is completed, and by when. If you establish a routine with those working with you, they will know what’s expected without you having to spend time on bringing them up to speed.

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