How to Avoid Burnout as a Solo Practitioner

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In the fourth quarter of 2021, morale in the legal workplace was grim. 52% of lawyers felt that they experienced burnout at their job, and it’s no surprise that nearly 46% of attorneys felt like their well-being declined. With dissatisfaction that high, it’s time to take a hard look at legal workplaces and understand what problems are causing employees to be so unhappy.

This issue is especially pressing if you’re working for yourself as a solo practitioner. As a solo practitioner, the stress can pile up quickly, since you often have to work longer and harder than everyone else. Even if a solo lawyer logs 40 billable hours, they’re doing a lot of other non-billable work behind the scenes like client intake, time-tracking, and billing. With all these responsibilities, it’s easy to overlook taking care of yourself and suffer from burnout.

Thankfully, you don’t have to do this alone.