7 Ways to Get Your Productivity Back After a Holiday or Vacation

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The dreaded day of going back to work after a holiday is here. Just thinking about all that you have to get done this upcoming week urges you to pull the covers up further over your eyes.

This day isn’t going anywhere, so you might as well face it by being in control of your own destiny!

While your mind may still be at the beach or the family barbeque, today is about being back at work. And if you don’t have time to get behind, I suggest you try out these productivity tips after a holiday or vacation.

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5 Post-Holiday Marketing Ideas for the Winter Slump

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My friends at Overnight Prints recently challenged me to write this blog post. And like the stubborn competitor I am, I accepted.

But this topic wasn’t easy. Just do a simple Internet search on this topic and the only advice you’ll find is to review how you did over the holiday season. While that’s a crucial step, it’s only the first step to turning things around this month.

That’s how I knew there was a need for this blog post.

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7 Ways to Keep Writing Over the Holidays


They say that it’s the most wonderful time of the year…but is it?

Sure, everything’s lit up for the season with holiday lights. And, of course, there’s holiday shopping and holiday parties and holiday meals and holiday jingles and holiday decorations and holiday ceremonies and holiday concerts and holiday charity events and holiday dances and holiday fundraisers and holiday games and holiday cheer.

This time of year, everything is about the holidays—and no one only you care about finding time to write around the holidays.

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Holiday vs Holidays: A Grammar Guide

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Happy holidays! Or is it holiday?

With season’s greetings being shared so often throughout this time of year, it can be hard to remember whether you should write and say holiday or holidays. You want to spread cheer through every card you send and to every person you pass on the street.

Yet a grammar snafu can really dampen your seasonal spirits.

Spread your holiday cheer over the holidays correctly with confidence by following these simple holiday grammar rules.

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5 Ways to Write More This Winter

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Don’t let the winter chill cool off your writing. Between the holidays and dark days, winter makes it harder for us to stay focused on our writing.

So I’ve devised a writing strategy fitting for this cold season so that you willingly choose to keep the fire burning beneath your creative passion.

Enough of the winter wordplay! Here are five ways to commit more to your writing this season.

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Should You Blog Around The Holidays?

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With Labor Day meaning an extra day off for us nine-to-fivers, a tempting thought came across my mind: I should skip blogging this week.

But my conscience soon kicked in. “Don’t let your readers down. They’re counting on a post from you come Tuesday.”

Then I had an epiphany. Do my readers (that’s you!) count on a blog post from me around the holidays?

So I came up with a balanced compromise: I’ll write a blog post about this.

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What Writers Really Want For Christmas

Giving a gift to a writer is easier than you think

It’s hard to please a writer, especially during gift-giving holidays. Writers have hard-to-match taste in literature and win any witty holiday card competition. It’s a challenge to chisel through that introspective exterior and get an answer on what to buy them for Christmas.

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The answer isn’t deeply hidden. In fact, what writers really want for Christmas often can’t be wrapped and tucked underneath the Christmas tree. Because what writers really want for Christmas can be found on the pages of our favorite holiday stories.

Enough Writing Materials

A stack of notebooks, boxes of pens, or a printer stuffed with enough paper and ink can make a difference between a focused writer and a procrastinating one. Writers already have enough excuses to put off writing that chapter, so a stressful lack of supplies shouldn’t be one of them.

A Support System

It’s not easy telling people that you want to be a writer. In a world where everyone says they want to publish a book, it’s hard for someone to take a writer seriously. Genuine support from family and friends keeps a writer positive and motivated to stick to their writing project.

Ask about their writing projects. Don’t make faces when they talk about writing. Be understanding if they need time alone to write.

Your Stories

Let’s be honest: many of the best stories are stolen.  So let your writer be a thief! Sit down by the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate and tell them your stories. You’ll have the writer’s full attention and eagerness to weave your tale into their next project.

Great Memories

Writers also enjoy writing about their life experiences too. So make some memories! Plan some fun activities out in the snow and inside where it’s warm. Stick to your holiday traditions—or add a twist to this year’s festivities. Be yourself and show off your personality when they’re around. Writers take note of every moment, be it large or small.

Because what writers really want for Christmas is you.