Hobbies that help you become a better lawyer | AXDRAFT (an Onit company)

Being a lawyer often means working overtime, drafting contracts late at night, and mulling over legal cases 24/7. But even the most resilient lawyers won’t keep up that pace indefinitely.

This blog post explores the hobbies you could choose to lower your stress levels and have a little fun. However, we decided to spice it up a bit and researched activities to hone your skills as a lawyer.

What do your colleagues appreciate?

The 2019 Lawyer Compensation Report indicates that travel, physical activity and reading are the best choices for spending leisure time among lawyers. How do these things boost your skills as a lawyer?

Activities outside the office develop soft skills, build empathy or increase concentration. For example, playing golf or joining a book club allows lawyers to improve their communication skills and connect with people from all walks of life.

Now let’s look at the recap of hobbies – one of them might be your perfect match.

Grow your own greens

Gardening is good for your mind and body. Stress and mental strain are an integral part of a lawyer’s job. Growing plants helps to relax, reduce mental stress and minimize the risk of burnout. By taking care of the plants, you can also improve your observation skills.

Growing plants helps to relax, reduce mental stress and minimize the risk of burnout.

In addition, gardening is flexible. You can choose to grow only one monstera on your kitchen table. Or go all out and create a small garden with basil, tomatoes and rosemary in your garden, or even on the windowsill. Admit it, who wouldn’t love to have greens, fruits, or even fresh veggies on hand when you need them?

Finally, caring for plants is a physical activity that boosts your health and prepares you for new battles on the legal battlefield.

Explore the world of cooking

Cooking is an easy way to take your mind off things and explore new flavors.

Cooking also builds time management skills. Chiefs, like lawyers, manage multiple processes at the same time.

But it’s not just that. Cooking is a great way to practice multitasking, a skill every lawyer knows all too well. Try chopping and dicing some smooth onions, stir in that creamy sauce, and keep an eye on your mushrooms and pasta all at the same time.

Cooking also builds time management skills. Chiefs, like lawyers, manage multiple processes at the same time.

Add to that healthier foods and impressed family and friends, and you’ll see that cooking could be a great pastime for avocados.

Start keeping a diary

No, we’re not talking about writing another MSA.

Journaling is a great way to reflect and organize your thoughts.

Journaling teaches you how to express your thoughts and ideas clearly and concisely.

As a lawyer, you must have excellent communication skills to speak to your clients, explain legal issues in plain language, and present your cases in court. Journaling would be a great help here as it teaches you how to express your thoughts and ideas clearly and concisely.

Kaiser Permanente researchers found that journaling also contributes to self-assessment skills. After writing down your challenges and describing how you overcame them, you can then go back to your personal thoughts, critically analyze them, and do better next time.

board games

Create and conquer ancient civilizations, explore outer space, fight monsters in dungeons or save lives as a surgeon – the list of board games is endless. We’re pretty sure you can even become a lawyer in one of these games.

Board game players assume roles, learn the rules, and use them to maximize their advantage and win the game.

Sounds like a normal day at the lawyer’s office, doesn’t it?

Studies have shown that board games improve your strategy and planning skills, creativity, communication skills, and negotiation expertise. Take an old but golden Monopoly. To win this game, you must convince your fellow players to trade with you, make investments, and analyze the possessions of other players.

Studies have shown that board games improve your strategy and planning skills, creativity, communication skills, and negotiation expertise.

Oh yeah, and keep an eye out for the little bits. They love to hide under sofas and hurt their feet. Just like the fine print in legal agreements that can harm your interests if you don’t choose them in time.

Say your Om

Meditation is definitely “om” our list of hobbies.

So breathe deeply and become one with the cosmos. Ten minutes a day should be enough to start.

Meditation changes your perception of time and is a must-do activity for lawyers who always feel like there’s never enough.

Lawyers who meditate cope with stress and plan their time better. They are also in a much better mood than the others. Admit it: When a lawyer is in a bad mood, it doesn’t help his clients stay calm.

Meditation offers many spiritual benefits, but we decided to focus on the scientifically proven ones: reduced stress and anxiety levels, increased concentration, and improved decision-making skills.

So breathe deeply and become one with the cosmos. Ten minutes a day should be enough to start.

To learn a new language

Speaking multiple languages ​​looks cool on your resume.

It’s high time to stop using Google Translate and start looking for language courses. If taking a full-time course is too much of a commitment, try downloading Duolingo or any other language learning app.

Knowledge of a foreign language opens the possibility of conducting negotiations in the context of international mergers and acquisitions and of advancing in the career.

A UAE-based Eton Institute also mentions other benefits:

  • improved memory and decision-making abilities
  • enhanced expertise in communication and negotiation
  • ability to speak clearly what you think

Knowledge of a foreign language opens the possibility of conducting negotiations in the context of international mergers and acquisitions and of advancing in the career.

Even if ‘I am an American lawyer’ or ‘Ich möchte sein bestes Bier probieren’ are the only phrases you know. For now.

Get into Martial Arts

Even if you weren’t the neighborhood karateka, you can still find your Mr. Miyagi and master the art of self-defense.

Martial arts will help you improve your self-control, concentration and strategic thinking skills. You will become more resilient, confident and resistant to pressure.

Martial arts expertise means better physical and mental health and sharper concentration.

Lawyers work in a highly competitive world, where sharp wits, quick reaction, and smart attacks are the weapons that help you get the job done. In addition to teaching you how to throw a roundhouse kick, martial arts will help you improve your self-control, concentration, and strategic thinking. You will become more resilient, confident and resistant to pressure.

So put on that kimono and go find your dojo.

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Lawyers no longer spend 25 hours a day at work. AI in legal operations offers multiple opportunities to create efficient and automated workflows for your legal function, from document automation to full contract lifecycle management.

Now that you’ve gained more control over your time, you can repurpose endless hours of routine contract writing and unnecessary revisions for something that helps you grow.

A well-chosen hobby is the best way to stay mentally fit, happy and healthy. More than that, it can help you develop skills that will make you a better legal professional.

If you’ve already decided on your new hobby but can’t free up time for it, explore more opportunities with NDA’s super-fast copywriting or discover the magic of self-service contracts.

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