2019 AND CIVIL PROCEDURE THE YEAR IN REVIEW: WELL BEING: LOOKING AFTER OURSELVES SO WE CAN LOOK AFTER OTHERS
This year has seen a large number of posts on avoiding stress and dealing with the difficulties that lawyers can have in litigation.
MARCH: FIND MUGGLES AND DISCONNECT FROM YOUR WORK: “LAWYERS JUST NEED TO HAVE FUN”
March had three posts on well being.
In response to a tweet from “BunglingBarrister” there was a whole series on how lawyers relax.
“Some of the happiest, most well-adjusted, and most effective people I know are also people who have a profound ability to disconnect from their work.“
I took the opportunity to go through the history of posts on wellbeing on the blog in
The Secret Barrister @BarristerSecret
Be kind to people. Few can expect to be the best lawyer in the room, but anyone can be the nicest
APRIL: WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS HAVE GONE WRONG?
“My good friend once led with “your honour I have looked exhaustively at who is to blame for this and I’m afraid that it is me””
“Course they are so long as you drop the machismo BS about being a superhero lawyer and juggle like any other working parent. THAT said, trial lawyers are like submariners – out of touch & in the dark for periods of time then surfacing into the commotion of bright light & life.”
MAY: PROCRASTINATION AND DEADLINES
“Dividing big tasks into chunks and putting each chunk on your To Do list can help. Then you can deal with easy or quick tasks when you have time/inclination/confidence to do them. As you see the list get crossed off, you might feel better about the other elements.”
JUNE: WHEN THINGS GO WRONG HAVE A PLAN
JULY: STOPPING BULLYING AT WORK
THE ADVICE TO A NEARLY QUALIFIED LITIGATOR SERIES
- Advice to a newly qualified litigator (2): read this case: be wary of opening your mouth too wide: turn down £1.5 million and get £2.00 instead.
- Advice to a newly qualified litigator (2): be legally streetwise: a litigation client’s strategy may be to blame you.
- Advice to a newly qualified litigator (3): things will go wrong, admit it, deal with it and never, ever, attempt to hide it.
- Advice to a newly qualified litigator (4): the good stuff about being a litigator – from nice lawyers.
AUGUST: THE STRESS OF GOING ON HOLIDAY
- Lawyers – going on holiday and avoiding extra stress: advice from Twitter
- Lawyers and holidays – advice from all over the world.
THE “STAYING SANE AS A LITIGATOR” SERIES
These cover several months.
- Staying sane as a litigator 1: “own your mistakes”
- Staying sane as a litigator 2: fish files and how to fillet them
- Staying sane as a litigator 3: sleep.
- Staying sane as a litigator 4: the Halloween special: knowing that everybody has litigation nightmares
- Staying sane as a litigator 5: things will go wrong “you gotta have a plan”: don’t crash.
- Staying sane as a litigator 6: workload
- Staying sane as a litigator 7: preventing lawyer suicide
- Staying sane as a litigator 8: surviving Christmas