Let's face it, the week between Christmas and New Year's Day creates two types of people:
1. Those that try to totally disconnect from work because they know that it's going to be dead anyway, and
2. Those that decide to work - because they know it's going to be dead and they can cruise, saving valuable vacation days for busy times.
It's OK, I'm not judging. But for anyone who is in the office the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, you've got a golden opportunity to do work that you don't ordinarily get to do. There are 3 things I'd recommend:
Before you revolt and go back to TMZ.com, work with me a second. The traffic is light in the office, and even if you work from home, your version of traffic is light. There's never been a better time to sit and think about what you want to accomplish in your career, what big wins are possible in 2014, etc.
I know, you're a cynic. But imagine what could happen if you're working this week and you thought about 3 big wins you could accomplish in the coming year. Then, you could actually create an outline of what those big wins could look like, then you could plan how you're really going to go after it in the first two months of the coming year.
Wait until January 6th (first real working day of 2014) to do any of that, and you'll flash forward to next Christmas faster than Obama asks for an extension to get the ACA working correctly. At which point I'll run this post again.