I wrote earlier about my feelings about not struggling enough to earn a Christmas holiday indulgence in December. I was worried that since my daily workload felt relatively easy, I wouldn't get that euphoric feeling of relaxation after November.
So, naturally, my mind arranged it so that I would be taking the ring to Mordor just in time before December. I didn't have to do anything myself - it was all my subconscious. Here's how it did it.
- Slack with work for a week or two, so you'll suddenly be behind and have to grind long hours to make up for it at the end of the month.
- Take on a restrictive diet that makes your palate extra sensitive so you'll enjoy beef burgers with goat cheese even more than usual after a couple of weeks of eggs and broccoli. (Not really recommending this to anyone, though. Even I'm worried that I'll overdo the Christmas chocolates afterwards.)
- Ramp up your planned work quota.
- Realize that you haven't even started gift shopping yet. Or card making. Or going through the ornaments. Let the sense of hurry paralyze you for a few days... so you'll have even less time to finish work.
Abiding to the tips above, the last 2.5 weeks should be a (masochist) delight!