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I know the last thing on your mind right now is your business. I get it. It’s not exactly top of mind for me, either.

But hear me out. Today is a great day to do one thing for your freelance writing business that will keep you on track, even with the holidays right on top of us.

So let’s do this. I promise, it won’t be hard. In fact, it might be the easiest thing you do for your business all year.

December 23: Leave Behind a T0-Do List

This is one of my favorite methods of staying focused not just before I head out on holiday, but when I get back and have to start thinking all that business-y stuff again.

Right now, before the day escapes you and the holiday envelopes you, jot down a quick list.

  • Open your calendar.
  • Select Monday, December 26th (or whatever day you’re returning to work).
  • Create a new appointment (any time works — I usually opt for 9 am).
  • Name it “To do” (or whatever works for you)
  • In the body, make a bulleted list of things you have to do when you get back. Mine says “Follow up on Henry’s project; Send invoice to Dave; Send Morgan a pitch…” Whatever you want to do/need to do that first day back, list it.
  • Double check to make sure you’ve included everything you need to.

That’s right — you just made a list and checked it twice.

How seasonally appropriate are you?

Writers, how to you sort your schedule pre- and post-holiday?

How do you keep yourself on track other days of the year?

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