The business world can be a very difficult place to work, and even harder to live in. It always seems like money is either coming in or going out, time is flying when you have deadlines, and you’re always trying to edge out the competition who’s trying to edge you out. Remember the days of law school when you just prayed you could get through the next three years to relax in the real world? No professors, no homework, no working long hours without any recognition. And now you’ve found you’re answering calls at all hours from clients and partners, your deadlines are always approaching too quickly, and no one seems to know you exist.

It seems like there is no way to reconcile your own life with your life inside the firm. So many lawyers have accepted the “law is a fickle mistress” mantra and put their own lives to the side. Many ex-wives and ex-husbands know this happens too often, as well. There has to be a balance between work life and personal life.

Consequences can present themselves in your business life if you decide to make life outside the office a priority. That is true, but it probably won’t be as bad as you think. You don’t always get paid by the hour, so putting in twelve hours at the office isn’t always the best practice to follow. Most people who put in those kinds of hours just need a few lessons in efficiency. The sooner that people understand the mantra, “Work smarter, not harder,” the sooner they can regain a life that will keep them happy.

So how can you get your personal life to fit around your work life? There’s no magic pill to put together a successful life, inside and outside the office. A comprehensive overhaul in efficiency and mentality could be necessary. Ben Glass, an experienced marketing expert, offers advice on how to run your life and run your business without either one suffering. You can also order a free chapter from his book online.

Ben Glass
Ben is a nationally recognized expert in attorney marketing and the owner of Great Legal Marketing.
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