All about balance: How to make Partner/Director and have a life
The legal sector is renowned for being a pressure cooker: nothing can be done quickly enough and it’s all about being the best. Becoming partner/director is possibly the biggest milestone in any legal professional’s working life – but how do you keep your personal life going whilst getting there?
Here we give you 4 tips on how to strike that all-important work/life balance while achieving your ultimate career goal.
- Leave work at work
We know, everyone says it – but it pays to leave your work at the door. Your home should be a sanctuary – somewhere you can relax, spend time with people who are important to you and dedicate time to your hobbies.
Deadlines do not belong here, even if you’re completely committed to your journey to making partner/director you should lock them up away from your free time. If you absolutely need to bring your work home, set yourself a time where you stop working, no questions asked. No cheating!
- Take care of your body
Setting such an enormous professional goal doesn’t come with zero baggage: the long hours and lack of sleep will no doubt take its toll on your health, so you should work on minimising that.
Don’t neglect your body: ensure that you still eat well, exercise and hydrate. Yes, it’s
tempting to just lie on the couch and eat junk food, but you’ll be doing yourself an injustice: grab a healthy snack, take the dog for a walk, ride that horse, whatever you do get out in the fresh air. Your body (and mind) will thank you for it later.
- Don’t forget your brain
Speaking of your mind: your mental health is of the utmost importance. Whilst you’re
working toward your goal, don’t leave your emotional wellbeing in the dust. The legal sector is cutthroat, but you should always put your feelings first.
Take care of yourself mentally: if you need a break, take one. Ensure you have a great support system around you, and if you need to talk to someone, let it out! LawCare (www.lawcare.org.uk) are a brilliant charity taking care of workers in the legal sector who you can rely on if need be.
- Get away from it all
Plan activities here and there so you can forget about work altogether. Whether this
is simply a trip to the beach or the holiday of a lifetime, you need things to look forward to: you know what they say about all work and no play!
Remove yourself from your natural environment: it’s so easy to be completely consumed by paperwork, deadlines and everything else that you can forget the outside world exists.
Try to throw yourself into something new – if your work life is ticking over with everything you need to be doing to make ‘it’, shake up your personal life with a new experience or hobby. If nothing else, you’ll have something to talk about around the watercooler the next day at the office!
There we have it; four tips to help you keep a steady work-life balance while you put in the effort required to make partner/director. Have we helped you? What do you do to ensure you keep a cool head? Let us know!