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Go on vacation and shut off your smartphone

In my last LPM Tip, I wrote about the importance of keeping up your marketing momentum during the summer months. While it is true that you do not want to start the fall season with zero momentum, summer is also a great time to take breaks and enjoy the limited months of good weather that we have in the Northeast. Your brain also needs a rest.

One of the great things about mobile technology is that we can physically leave the office but still keep in touch. At the same time, 24/7 connectivity is a terrible occupational hazard for most professionals. Vacation is supposed to be a time to enjoy yourself and recharge. Summer is a great time to do that (at least for a portion of the summer).

But if you go on vacation and constantly check your e-mail and voicemail, you are depriving yourself of an important mental break from your work.

For those of you who run your own practice and do not have anyone covering for you, then it may not be possible to ignore messages for several weeks; however do not underestimate the value of shutting your phone off for a day or two or at the very least, only checking your messages at the end of the day.

Law is a stressful business and your mind needs a chance to rest. In fact taking breaks throughout the year will enable you to better handle the pressures that come with representing clients in difficult situations (i.e. it will make you a better lawyer).

So take a break, shut off your phone and enjoy the outdoors. Especially if the temperature ever drops below 90°.

Tip courtesy of Stephen Seckler, president, Seckler Legal Consulting and Coaching.

Published July 19, 2012

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