To work or not to work (holidays)? Yep, that’s the question.

“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, evenso 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

support for those of us who work holidays

Brinson writes:

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.