Monday Morning Practice

Monday Morning Practice – The away from technology message

Written by Allison Wolf

I have a quick Monday Morning tip for you this week.  It comes from a colleague of mine and landed in my in box this morning in the form of her out of office message.  It goes like this:

“Thank you for your email today. I am out of the office and away from technology until Friday, February 12th. If you need immediate assistance, please call or text my cell phone 222-333-4444.  I’ll respond as quickly as possible.”

I like the reference to being away from technology and that she is providing an emergency contact… just in case.

Next time you are taking holidays consider getting off of technology too.  Before you go, warn your clients of you away dates about two weeks prior.  Connect them with another lawyer at your office for handling anything that comes up during your time away. And really do stay off technology.  Or if you do want to check everyday – don’t respond to messages and give yourself away. Your clients have your emergency number should they need to use it.


About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and one of the most senior coaches for lawyers in North America. I have helped countless clients over the past fifteen years, develop thriving legal practices and before that served as director of marketing for award-winning law firms. My specialty is uncovering the thinking traps and gaps holding clients back and helping them acquire the mindsets, skills, and habits for growing successful and rewarding legal careers. After a career in legal marketing and business development with law firms in Beijing, New York, and Vancouver, I was trained as a coach in 2004 at Royal Roads University and now coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at or learn more about my coaching practice from the coaching section of the Attorney With A Life Website.

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