If the answer to that is a resounding ‘no’ then the next question you need to ask yourself is: ‘Why not?’
There are lots of things that act as obstacles to efficiently getting the job done and enjoying a healthy social and family life. Being a perfectionist and not wanting to be seen to be the first one to leave are just two examples of how legal professionals come to spend ultimately unnecessary time working long hours instead of recharging their batteries and spending time with family and friends.
The first step towards tipping the balance in your favour is to prioritise your workload. This may be easier said than done but if you’re working long after you should be and beginning to tire, ask yourself: ‘Can it wait until tomorrow?’
If you find it difficult to tear yourself away from work then you might want to try scheduling ‘personal time’ in the same way you would meetings and other business appointments. Make a note in your diary and do not cancel or postpone this non work-related activity.
When you do manage to make some time for yourself try not to feel guilty about it. A little R&R can go a long way towards making you more productive.