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2021: New Year’s Resolutions and Goals for Lawyers?

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We know that people tend to roll their eyes when new year’s resolutions are mentioned. People often set unrealistic targets in January and forget about them a few months down the line. This type of goal setting isn’t productive, but the new year does provide us with a good point at which to do some meaningful reflecting.  After 2020, a year like no other, the beginning of this year is a great time to take stock of the year that has passed and set goals and intentions for the year ahead.

This applies in all areas of your life and your career. Thinking about your work life balance, your personal development and your current organisation or role, jot down some things you like or things you’d like to change.  Think about strengths and weaknesses, pros and cons.  This will help you to think of goals for lawyers that you can focus on in the year ahead.  And if you would like a helping hand with this, have a look at our legal career annual review.  

We’ll ask some questions to get you thinking about your goals and values, from developing in your current position, to moving overseas, to making partner. By reviewing your answers to these questions, we’ll work with you to analyse your current position and look at your options for moving forward and making sure that your legal career meets your personal and professional needs.  If this sounds like something that could help you then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

To get you started with thinking about your intentions for 2021, we’ve listed some ideas of goals for lawyers for the year ahead. 

Take More Time for Yourself
Relaxation might not be the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of your career goals but as they say, you can’t pour from an empty cup.  Law is a notoriously demanding industry and in a survey of UK lawyers, 63% of respondents said that they feel stressed every day! 

Getting a better sleep, getting outdoors, physical activity and taking regular breaks in the working day are all shown to improve energy levels and in turn allow you to produce a better quality of work.  A long-hours culture doesn’t equate to more productivity.

So, in 2021 try to set some time aside for you – do something you enjoy at the weekend, go for a walk on your lunch break or use some of your annual leave to go out and explore outdoors.  This can allow you to come back to work feeling refreshed and ready to make your way through that to do list!    

Get Organised
All lawyers would comment that they never really have enough time to get everything done. Being less organised can be counterproductive as the more work you have to do, the more planning it will take and the more stress it can cause if it isn’t planned well. Taking a bit of time on a Friday afternoon to plan the following week will really help you feel ready to face the week on Monday.  You will be more efficient with your work if your notes and files are well organised and it will save you time in the long run.

Take the Leap in Your Career
Maybe changing roles has been on your mind for a while, or a change of circumstances has you considering your future.  Whether it’s moving to a different firm, applying for a promotion or changing to a different area of legal practice, 2021 could be the time to take that leap. While people understandably feel like this is a difficult time to change roles, we have had a number of recent success stories, with great results for both clients and candidates. 


We hope these suggestions give you a good starting point for goals for lawyers, but for more of a deep dive into your values and goals, get in touch with us to book in for your legal career annual review .

With 20 years’ experience placing lawyers with leading law firms and in-house legal teams in Scotland & Ireland, Thomson Legal is here to assist you in taking the next step in your legal career.

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