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Planning for a stress-free summer break

Planning for a stress-free summer break

By YL


There's no denying it – the end of the year is upon us. The end of year parties have started, clients want things done by Christmas and the chance for one more coffee catch up with a colleague has been replaced with a friendly “if I don't see you, have a great break!” I hope you are planning a break over summer. We all work hard and we need to stop and refresh so we can serve our clients to the best of our abilities. But there's nothing worse than planning a relaxing summer break, only for it to be disturbed by a matter that has fallen through the cracks. Even worse, returning refreshed and positive for the year ahead, only to be brought down by the stomach plunging realisation that a time frame has been missed while you were away. So like anything in law, plan to succeed. Here are my tips for a stress-free summer break. Review your workload and the status of your cases Do a file review now. Identify and record what tasks need to be done before Christmas, in January, and in February. Review the list and ask yourself honestly – is it really possible to get all of those tasks done before Christmas? Who will be doing the tasks due in January while you are away? How will you get the February tasks done so you are not slammed with work as soon as the legal year opens on 1 February 2016?

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