Who works on Christmas? Scrooge and I are the first two that come to mind. That’s right, for the past four years I have gotten up at 4AM on Christmas morning to serve up breakfast pastries and bread at the bakery where I work, because after all Christmas day is one of our busiest of the year. I wonder if this means Scrooge and I have a similar work ethic, or just a shared aversion to vacation.
Let me be clear, I am not advocating for working on Christmas. Holidays are a time to spend with family and friends, to relax, and to enjoy some down time. You should absolutely take some time off from your busy schedule to enjoy the holidays and recharge.
That being said, the holidays can also be a great time to get caught up with tasks and projects on which you have fallen behind. Think about it. When school is closed and you have off from work (as most places of employment – bakeries excluded – are closed for the holidays), you suddenly have tons of free time. Sure, a good percentage of this time should be dedicated to festivities, but some of it can also be spent proactively. The holidays should first and foremost be a time to relax and connect with loved ones, but they can also be productive.
This week during our break for Rosh Hashanah, remember that this is an opportunity for you to rest up, but also to catch up. Work on upcoming assignments, get a head start on studying for midterms, and start researching for your term papers. Getting things done now can not only free up your schedule later on, but it can also reduce stress by shrinking your to do list. So make your long weekend count, and be productive!
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