Traveling for work has its pros and cons. I spent the last two weeks in sunny Santa Monica, California. I was there to take multiple depositions in an expedited proceeding, which meant that I escaped my hotel room / conference room for a combined total of approximately 4 hours over a 14-day period. In fact, I didn’t leave my hotel room or the conference room from which we were working at all until Day 4, when I took the extreme liberty of walking to the beach and back. (Picture below). I was out of the room for about 10 minutes-I didn’t even put my toes in the sand for fear that I’d never return to the room.
Two weeks felt like a long time to be away from home. But it also felt like a long time to be away from my regular work routine. In particular, my email Inbox expanded beyond my normal comfort level, as I prioritized the case that required my attention the most.
It wasn’t until late in the evening that I was able to make meager headway in responding to emails I’d received for other matters. But, had it not been for those late-night (and, sometimes, very early morning) email binges, I would never have been able to get caught up upon my return. I also would have had some very unhappy clients, who require their lawyer’s prompt attention to deal with emergency issues as they arise.