You Need a Vacation


No, seriously. Your work ethic is hurting your work.

Taking time away from the office replenishes ones mind, body, and soul while also improving productivity in the office. According to an Ernst & Young internal study, for “each additional 10 hours of vacation employees took, their year-end performance ratings improved 8 percent, and frequent vacationers also were significantly less likely to leave the firm,” proving a renewed appreciation and revitalized creativity.

It isn’t doing anything positive for your health, either.

Studies performed by the Framingham heart study revealed that “men who didn’t’ take a vacation for several years were 30 percent more likely to have heart attacks compared to men who did not take time off.” An additional study conducted by Marshfield Clinic determined that those who “vacationed less often than once every two years were more likely to suffer from depression and increased stress than women who took vacations at least twice a year.”

Yes, it’s harder for solosmalls to take time off. It’s just as important, though. Even if you can’t completely turn off your law practice for a few days or a couple of weeks, you can still have a great vacation with a little preparation. Start planning. [HuffPost Travel]

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  • I really agree with this, and think it also applies to taking time off during the week. Even though I’m only a law-student, I saw rises in my productivity and efficiency once I started incorporating time-off. Obviously there is a lot of literature out there suggesting the value of taking a break, at least more so than literature suggesting that you incorporate the “no-days-off” mentality.

    I also think it important that during these longer periods of rest, whether it be a vacation or weekend away, you incorporate some type of learning that could help your law practice. I realize the value of resting and turning your brain off from learning completely, but I think a vacation would be a good time to either do some type of evaluation of your skills–relevant to your practice–and also develop those skills. I’m reminded of the Bill Gates anecdote, and how he will take a month off from work completely to just read, learn, and re-asses his values.

    Anyways, I’m a big fan of the website and just wanted to chime in on this topic. Thanks for all the great content!