This week in Young, Hungry & Committed, virtual office New York lawyer, Vivian Sobers, struggles to turn her brain off at the end of a busy day of solo law practice.
For better or worse, I’m getting a lot of alone time lately.
Well, sort of.
I find that as a solo with a busy law practice, sometimes it’s hard to shut off my brain. Deadlines, arguments, strategies, theories, financials, budgets, and various commitments of every flavor are all jumbled inside my head – running around like a trio of hamsters on a wheel to nowhere.
The upside of The Hamsters is that they are always a source of great ideas. In fact, The Hamsters are responsible for many of the topics I write about in this blog series, and also some of my better legal arguments.
It’s just that The Hamsters almost always have bad timing.
Like a couple of kittens that sleep all day and tussle about all night, The Hamsters do their best work when I am trying to wind down.
Sometimes, after a long day of attending to the needs of my four “kids”: my adversaries, my clients, my staff and the less glamorous details of running my practice, my wish is for a moment of peace. But The Hamsters won’t have any of it.
Make no mistake; I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to be the matriarch of this dysfunctional family, including our pets. It’s what I signed up for.
But sometimes, a full night sleep without the whirring of that wheel-to-nowhere would be great.
I did a check-in with some of my colleagues at Law Firm Suites (one of the perks of sharing office space with other solos–the sanity check), and even a few business owners outside of the practice. My sense is that I’m in good company.
It seems that The Hamsters are in no danger of going extinct any time soon.
How about you? Do you have hamsters in your head?
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Vivian Sobers is a commercial litigator pursuing a solo law practice right out of law school. She is a client in Law Firm Suites’ Virtual Office Program. Vivian’s weekly blog series “Young, Hungry and Committed” documents the trials and tribulations of a young attorney navigating her way through the challenging world of self-employed legal practice.