I had a call today from a lawyer expressing the following frustration:
I have been practicing law for ten years and I feel that I am in a rut. I am working for a firm and the relationship is no longer working out for me. I don’t have enough time for my family. My kids are growing up fast and I don’t have enough time to enjoy them. I need to make a change. Where do I start?
I provided him with the following suggestions:
A balanced personal and professional life is becoming more important to everyone. Time is a precious commodity. You should:
Begin by conducting an inventory of your personal and professional life. Start with your personal life. Identify your personal and family goals. Then move on to your professional and career goals. Develop both a career plan and a business plan for your practice. Some of the decisions that you will have to consider are:
Once you have defined your personal and professional goals you can formulate your action plans as to how you will get there and incorporate them into to career/business plan.
John W. Olmstead, Ph.D, CMC