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Summer Vacation

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The summer has flown by and you’ve probably watched your non-lawyer friends and their families trotting off to fun destinations.  If you haven’t done that yet, there’s still time.  Here are 3 reasons why you should make time away a priority.

  1. Burnout is real. Too little time away from your desk can make you irritable but it can also impact your decision-making.
  2. Your family may need a break from your law practice as well. I can guarantee they will enjoy feeling like they have your undivided attention.
  3. Your clients and your staff will get along just fine without you. Let them know you’re going to be out and who they are to contact should a problem arise when you’re gone.

Taking time away is part of building a healthy boundary between your life at home and your life at work.  Make it a top priority instead of wishful thinking.

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Karen is a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, IA, and Drake University Law School in Des Moines, IA. She began her legal career as a prosecutor before entering private practice. For over 20 years, her practice has focused on family law and general practice. Karen is trained in Collaborative Law and also acts as a parenting coordinator for high conflict parents. Since 2009, Karen has served as a judicial magistrate in Iowa. She is also the Chief Compliance Officer and pre-law advisor at Wartburg College. Karen is the author of “The New Lawyer’s Handbook: 101 Things They Don’t Teach You in Law School” and also two knitting books for children. Her commentaries and guest opinions have appeared in the Huffington Post and the Des Moines Register. She and her husband Pete have 4 children.

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