Q My firm’s opening a new, free gym in the office just for our lawyers. At first I was psyched, but now I’m worried that if some partner sees me working out when he knows I have a ton of work to get done (for him), that I might be screwing myself?
A Partners can be assholes, but they’re not idiots. Assuming there’s not a mad-rush to put out a legal fire, or file something with the SEC or the Ninth Circuit, 90% of them couldn’t care less about about you spending an hour in the gym. As long as you get the work done, you’ll be fine. You can’t spend your career worrying about what other people think. Especially lawyers. Too many of them are irrational. You’ll drive yourself insane. If you think you have enough time to go to the gym, then go.
PS: You may also want to consider my advice about showering with a partner.