How to be a great lawyer and still make it home for dinner

Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinmailFacebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinmailWe lawyers like to play Tetris with our time. We break days down to the hour, if not the minute. We appreciate deadlines and the consequences of failing to meet them. As a criminal prosecutor, I’m never late for court and I always make deadlines. As a business owner of several stone quarries, I’m on top of my game. But as a father of four, I’m often late for family dinner — or worse yet, I miss it altogether.

For years, I blamed my absence on external forces. Court got out late and I needed to prepare for tomorrow’s trial. The commute took longer than expected. I had to make a call just as I was walking out the door. Then, I came up with internal excuses. I’m a hard worker. The better I perform at work, the better things will eventually be at home. People rely on me because I’m committed to my to-do list. If that means missing family dinner here and there, well that’s simply the cost of doing business.

  • Live backwards
  • Live backwards
  • Start small


Originally posted June 6th 2016 on Precedent – The New Rules of Law and Style – Click for FULL ARTICLE

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Written by: Paul Attia

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