It’s late December and one of three things are happening…
- You’re in total panic mode. There’s way too much on your plate to get done before the end of the calendar year. You’re spending 24/7 to get it all done before December 31.
- You’ve totally checked out. There’s way too much on your plate to get done before the end of the calendar year. You’ve said “too bad” and will get done what you can, which probably means never.
- Yeah things are busy, but running normally, and while its year end, it’s not much different than most of other months.
My guess is that most of you are in mode 1. Unfortunately, a few of you are in mode 2. A skilled handful is in mode 3.
If you’re a panic-person, the end-of-year holiday week will mean more of the same. Good luck and we’ll see you in mid-January when you come up for air.
If you’re a checked-out type, give yourself the gift of a resume for the holidays.
Is mode 3 your ideal? But how to get there?
I could say a lot of trite things, but really, none of that can help you now. The truth is that you can’t change much between today and December 31. Besides, there’s no one answer. Planning ahead helps a lot. Doing tasks early is important. You might even enlist a bit more help in the form of volunteers and consultants. But in the end, it comes down to how you’ve always handled things. In college, did you pull the “all-nighter” to finish a paper, or did you adjust and correct the work you completed several days before, and get a decent night’s sleep? Are you doing the same today? If you changed, why?
So my thought for you as you rush (or not) headlong into the holiday season is to ask whether you like, or even thrive, on the rush of last minute work, or is it killing you? If you love it, you’ll never change it. If it’s killing you, then force a break before one is forced on you (like getting fired). Maybe a mid-winter personal retreat? Maybe a long talk with a good friend? Maybe some professional perspective?
Have a happy holiday season and remember to breath at the end!