Having Black Friday off without having to take a personal day is one of the many things in corporate life that I am grateful for. Please “Like” this post and raise your thumb if you need a four day weekend – RIGHT NOW!
In my book First Job: A Personal Career Guide for Graduates, I dedicated a section on keeping fresh at work. In the self-help world, many will refer to this as work-life balance. Many of us with competing priorities are frantically trying to live up to this standard and believing that it must be possible since so many refer to it.
Truth exposed – there rarely is harmonized balance between work life and personal life. At any given point, work will win, family will win, or you will win! And something will lose. Thanksgiving weekend is when work loses. The six million people that will board planes, trains and automobiles today are fleeing quickly, while “work” awaits Monday in darkness, cold and stillness. Don’t you feel better already with that imagery in mind? Relax – you aren’t getting any farther behind and no one is getting ahead of you this weekend since everyone is gone!
You can’t do everything well all at once. This weekend is Thanksgiving Therapy for you and your family, but work or school must be prioritized next week. You will need to think about wrapping up year-end goals and hit it hard for the next two weeks before holiday joy sets in again. Your personal life may lose for awhile. Work isn’t a coast to the year end finish line – there will be a slight up hill climb to December 31, so give it a little thought today as you depart – commit to the sprint over the next two weeks before you begin to coast.
Here are some ways to make work lose this holiday weekend.
Wednesday – quiet catch up with your closest family members whom you haven’t seen for awhile. Take someone aside for a coffee or a beer, be sincere, be loving, be real about what you are dealing with and anxious to learn about them.
Thursday – on this meat-filled holiday, absorb yourself into family and friends, and veg out on the couch. After cooking and cleaning up – try doing nothing.
Friday – SHOP! Give in to the madness! But buy at least one thing that will center you as you sprint the next two weeks. Some new tunes, a new coffee mug, a tablet? Work is still losing – but there is just a hint of focus coming on.
Saturday – plan today something fun and different for Saturday. What is the one thing you will talk about Monday over the cubicle wall when your coworker asks the ritualistic Monday Question – “What did you do this weekend?”
Sunday – Safe travels everyone, get home early, get quiet, get ready.
I wish you a blessed and safe holiday weekend and for the workforce who doesn’t receive time off because you are needed to make the world hum and buzz – I am thankful for you!
Joyce Jarek is the author of First Job: A Personal Career Guide for Graduates. Pick up a copy as an early holiday gift for you through the link www.hlpsum1.com/first-job.html