It’s always a little awkward or confusing for some companies and for many people when Christmas and New Year’s fall in the middle of the week like they do this year.
For some of us we just assume that the whole week is a holiday and just can’t get our head around the work related stuff. And for others, we still try and squeeze in every last minute of work or shopping that we possibly can right up until Christmas Eve and even New Year’s Eve.
People take personal time off of work, some companies plan for the slow down or even shut down, and in some cases productivity, both personally and professionally, takes a holiday, too. And that is OK as for many this is a time of year to recharge the personal batteries and get excited about the coming new year.
The awkward or confusing part comes in those in between days. As both holidays fall on a Wednesday, what happens on that Thursday, Dec. 26, through that following Friday, Jan. 3? For some people it is not a question or an issue. People who provide us with exceptional service in the retail, restaurant and tourism industries know that their days will be filled with opportunities to serve customers, solve problems and create loyal fans.
And of course there are other companies, businesses and services that need to be open during this time as well, and we are especially grateful for those doctors, nurses, police officers, firefighters and other state government and local workers who make sure we are safe and that we have power and energy to heat and light our homes.
I think as I have talked to people about this topic, some are still undecided as to how they will use their personal or business time. You see it’s easy when the holidays fall on a weekend or close to the weekend as we just turn those into what has become known as the long weekend. But, boy, that whole middle of the week thing causes quite a conundrum for some people. It feels like we should be on vacation or we just lack the motivation to get beyond anything other than the festivities and parties.
For me, I generally take off the time between Christmas and New Year’s regardless of what day it falls on. I do use the time to get recharged, plan for next year, and make sure I am in alignment with my family, my faith, my fitness and my friends. I re-evaluate my goals, near term and long term, to make sure that I am always stretching myself and balancing my life goals with my business goals. And I use this time to connect intimately and socially with those that matter most in my life.
What will you be doing between the holidays? Whether you are working or not, relaxing or keeping busy, or serving others as a volunteer or in any way, I hope that you find a little extra “you” time as you close out 2013 and enter 2014. I would love to hear all about it at firstname.lastname@example.org and I wish you all a better than joyous new year!
Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach and motivational speaker, and CEO of www.candogo.com. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.