Working Through It: Work-Life Balance When Work and Life Converge
Maryt L. Fredrickson Ninth Judicial District Court & 307 Yoga LLC Jackson, Wyoming.
a group of friends during a Zoom meet-up how they were
enjoying working from home. Having worked at home for a year
and a half and written about its benefits twice for the Be
Well column, I was curious how everyone was feeling about
This month’s column is directed to the last two categories— when work and life physically clash together. This is also a chance to evaluate this issue as a tiny ecosystem in which to apply the principles of attorney wellness. As you likely recall from the April column about Top Tips for attorney wellness, and from the stellar social media posts and emails sent by the Wyoming State Bar and the Young Lawyers Section during Attorney Well-being Week in May, “wellness” is an umbrella term. Each segment of that umbrella is a different category of wellness: professional, social, physical, mental/emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and environmental. By keeping each segment strong, when the stressors of life or of the practice of law hit you, your wellness umbrella provides the resilience to help those stressors roll off of you.
Professional: You Are More Productive Than You Think
you may think that kids needing help or your partner or
roommate making noise disrupts your workflow, it probably
does not impact your productivity as much as you think.
Working remotely is not a new thing in many sectors. As a
result, the benefits and increased productivity of working
remotely has actually been studied quite a bit. In the
corporate context, two-thirds of managers report an increase
in productivity by remote employees. A study by Stanford
University found a measurable 13% improvement in performance
by employees who work from home.
Trust the research that you are likely more productive or at least as productive at home as you would be working from an office space. And if you have doubts, look to what you are measured by— did you get the brief or memo out? Did...