Legal Assistant’s Corner: Safeguard Yourself Against Burnout

Being a legal assistant is a high stress position. We are the last step in a long line of steps that ensures pleadings and documents get filed and out on time to whomever they need to go. Everyone wants everything done yesterday, even if they only got their part of it to you ten minutes ago. It’s commonplace for us to take on all responsibility for a project and get it done in an unreasonably short amount of time. We, simply, are magicians; however, it sometimes comes at a steep cost.

Those of us worth our salt don’t simply do as we’re told, we also think through the entire process to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible once it leaves our hands. It is demanded of us to be all things to all people: courteous, friendly, omniscient, error-free and, most of all, F-A-S-T. With the never-ending lightening …