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I currently am trying to take two days off, got a mediation statement from OC, naturally I had to read it, and then I emailed the partner offering to do any follow up on the statement tomorrow. Lawyers trying to take time off… what a joke. anyone else have this problem?? Amazingly partner replied enjoy your time off and we’ll circle around Wednesday

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This is why you don’t read your email on days off. Someone should be checking for you (a trusted admin or paralegal) and texting you if necessary. 99% of things are not necessary.

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I did it starting my second year, and I only ever got one text (it was an appropriate emergency!). It’s up to you to enforce the boundary though, which can be hard.

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Knowing you have a problem is the first step in addressing the problem.

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Why did you read your email???

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Couldn’t help myself 😭

Tried to take a day off on Friday, I billed 7+ hours instead. Glad I took that one hour off though! 🙄

Ok I don’t feel so bad that this is common. I tried to take 2 days off a few weeks back and my Friday turned into a walking my paralegal through revisions to a doc (I am a transactional attorney) and responding to emails from an unreasonable client who knew I was going to be OOO. I was probably mentally on for about 4 hours of the day. Didn’t do much to help my burnout symptoms.

I just gave exactly one months notice for some days off in July and I’m praying something doesn’t come up during that time. There aren’t any schedule signings or closings and my firm is generally fair with trying to leave people alone to the largest extent possible while they’re on vacation but I can’t guarantee I won’t be disrupted. I’ll still be expected to read email while away though.

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