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This year has been insane. 200+ hours every month. July has been really been slow though. I’m at like 35 billable hours this month. I’m a first year in transactional and staffed on deals that haven’t picked up yet. I’m hesitant to reach out for work because I don’t want to be overwhelmed ... but I also am getting anxiety because I literally have nothing to do all day. Anyone else in this boat?

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Enjoy the slow days. Take it from a second year who had a wild first year.

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Dude just enjoy it

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I’ve been there so many times it’s funny. Go to the mall. Fly somewhere this weekend. Enjoy it while it lasts. If you must, I’d half-ass an attempt at looking for work (“just so you know, I have some free time, but I’m staffed on so many incoming deals…)

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If you’re worried, just calculate how far ahead of pace you are for the year on billables. At that rate you must have a nice cushion by now.

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I was just in this situation. I was borderline depressed because of the downturn and I started to get paranoid I was going to get fired. I called the partners and explained how I was feeling, and they explained it’s just the nature of the work in the team (ebbs and flows). They also explained that they knew exactly how I felt because they’ve been in the same situation (ie stressing unnecessarily when there is a downturn in work). A week or two after they said that, I was back at 200-250 hours and wishing I had just given my mind a break when we were slow rather than worrying. Talk to your partner or a senior - they should be able to quell your concerns.

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Don't look for work. If you just can't stand it and have to do something productive, do something for yourself. Catch up on Dr/dds visits. Read a book. Take your parents to a nice dinner. Organize your kitchen. Literally anything besides take on extra work that is going to interfere with your ability to do good work on deals you're already staffed on.

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ABSOLUTELY DO NOT ASK FOR MORE WORK. ENJOY YOUR FREE TIME!

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Sad reality is that EVERYONE - even partners and senior associates - gets that stress during slow periods. But also everyone's advice is to not succumb to that stress and enjoy that free time. Don't sweat it. Do some CLEs, you're probably behind.

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Not sure what practice group you're in but august is always a super slow month for my group and so it's hard to get first years staffed on deals. Use your billables cushion and take time off without guilt!!

I never feel stressed when I get slow, I do something for myself instead while staying near email. I’ll do at home workouts, stretch, do a face mask, meditate, go to coffee shop and read, make myself happy! The work will obviously ramp up again, stop shooting your self in the foot by failing to take taking a mental break during the down swings and filling your head with needless anxiety instead, it is the path to burn out

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