June 17, 2019 Practice Management

Under Pressure? Loosen That Release Valve with a Long Vacation

By Stacey L. Romberg

As Queen and David Bowie so eloquently put it:

Pressure pushing down on me
Pressing down on you, no man ask for
Under pressure that burns a building down
Splits a family in two
Puts people on streets1

As the owner of a small virtual law firm in Seattle, Washington, I have woken up many times with that song in my head, mindful of the day before me. I imagine most attorneys in solo and small firm practices have joined me in humming that song a time or two. It’s the nature of our chosen careers to hear the constant drumbeat of the high-intensity responsibility of practicing law and running a small business. When does it stop?

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