This morning, I am back in the office after a solid week’s vacation. It was many things, but among them, it was too brief. In fact, it may be safe to say that I am less than an office pleasure right now (what else is new, colleagues would say).

Because I know you’re wondering, here is a photo from our stress-free vacation.

Our Laguna Beach view, broken occasionally by a paddleboarder or two.

It has been quite awhile since I’ve taken that amount of consecutive time off. To do it required me to complete many tasks in advance, and it meant that my cohorts had to increase their already-high mindfulness of our shared work goals.

All of that effort led me to recalling how very hard it is for practicing lawyers to get away from work. That is especially true if you are a solo or small-firm practitioner. (I surveyed readers recently on how many actually take a vacation. Oy.)

Even lawyers need a break.

So on this Monday morning, as I gaze at my stacked tasks and as the pleasures of a California beach town recede into memory, I thought I’d share a few lawyer-vacation insights.

The first is by a Minnesota lawyer named Randall Ryder. It was last summer that he wrote his article “How Solo Attorneys Can Take a Summer Vacation,” but I think his advice still applies.

And then there is the more pointed commentary by lawyer Brian Tannebaum, which he charmingly titles “What I Did on My Summer Vacation.” His advice will not so much help you close your office for a needed break. Instead, out of his vacation he sheds some helpful light on marketing and customer service—as important for law offices as they are for restaurants and surf shops.

Have a decent Monday. That is my goal.