Today is the last day of the non-holiday season, and even that is debatable since my children are home for Thanksgiving break. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and then it’s a constant onslaught of holiday fever until January 2nd, 2011. For most of my income-earning life, this has marked the time of year when I am most likely to give in to every single excuse to slack off at work.
Longer than usual lunches.
Mornings spent chatting with co-workers about upcoming parties.
Afternoons spent surfing for gift ideas, because it’s almost time to go home anyway.
Entire days and weeks spent struggling to concentrate, because it’s practically Christmas!
Struggling to stay productive during the holiday season has become a bona fide holiday tradition!
Unfortunately, bills do not cease to be due and money does not multiply itself like gremlins if you sprinkle water on it regardless of how many white twinkling lights you hang around your cubicle. The show must go on, and some industries even require more shows as the year winds down. But how do you keep your heart in it when what you really want to be doing is snuggling up with hot cocoa and a catalogue?
This year, I’m relying heavily on my to-do lists and reasonably low standards. In other words, I’m just going to embrace the fact that I can take it a little easy for the next month or so and use my lists to remind me of what I have to get done. I’m not going to waste the precious attention I do have on wishing I was doing more. I’m going to manage my expectations.
And then I’m going to gorge on the holiday spirit if I want. Come January 1, I’ll be fully prepared to buckle down again. Probably. Most likely. Fingers crossed!
What about you? Do you manage to stay super productive (at work) during the holiday season?
Photo by Britt Reints