5 Tips for New Associates on How to Finish the Year Strong
The end of the year can be rather chaotic. In addition to making sure you've met your billable requirement for the year, you also have to put in some face-time at holiday parties and networking events, and some of us will have to do some last minute CLEs too.
Keeping up with work during the end of the year is made even more difficult due to family pressures, holiday shopping, and travel plans. For associates new and old, managing everything around the holidays can be downright overwhelming. To keep your stress levels down during what's supposed to be the happiest time of the year, below you'll find a few tips to help you finish your year strong.
There are several easy tasks that you should take at the start of the holiday season to hopefully avoid "fires" while you're out of the office.
Getting motivated to work when there's so much else going in isn't easy. However, you can fight the holiday-itis in two simple steps. Whether it's you that's feeling too jolly to work, or your boss or opposing counsel, you don't have to let the holidays stop you from getting work done.
The end of the year is a perfect time for young associates to take a moment and reflect on their performance, career and network. These year end tasks can help young and new associates stay focused.
If you're in a small firm or solo practice setting, you might want to brush up on your end of year accounting. This recent piece in our Strategist blog is good place to start to get a crash course for your year end tax prep and accounting obligations.
After you've done your end of year accounting, if there's room in the budget, spend baby spend! On marketing that is. If you can benefit from more deductions, you can spend the money before the end of the year to jump start your next year.