“Are you taking time off for the holidays?”
I don’t know why, but my client’s question caught me off guard. And my honest reply shocked her: “I’m trying to talk myself into it.”
The funny thing is, I write a lot about the importance of unplugging—and for this client, even—so I know the “right” answer. But I also know the real answer: This year, yeah, I’ll work holidays.
For one thing, I’ll be keeping my streak alive—writing for at least 15 minutes a day. (It’s Day 235 when I finish this post. Start a streak of your own by joining my end-of-year writing challenge.)
And holiday or no holiday, I’ll end each day by writing a to-do list. Granted, it’s a shorter list on my “days off”—and one of the entries may even be:
Still, I’ve got stuff to do, so I generally work about 6.5 days a week. (This horrified my client.) Maybe I’ll cut back to 5 during the holidays—but, really, how much knitting can a gal do?
Is it wrong to work holidays?
Lately I’ve been seeing articles that validate my drive. Like this Quora answer from blogger Todd Brinson, published on Inc.com:
Consistency is power.
I don’t know if it’s biology. I don’t know if it’s a habit thing. I don’t know if it’s the universe testing you or some strange thing like that.
I do know this:
The weekends, like every other day, are a chance to grow, a chance to move forward, a chance to be happy, and a chance to change your life.
That’s what I’m doing as I work holidays: moving forward, changing my life, learning things I can share with you. And reading all the great writing the folks in my writing challenge produce. Join us in Jumpstart 2017: The 5×15 Writing Challenge and start your new year with a new habit.