Making the most of working on a holiday

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. day in the United States. Unlike Christmas, when the vast majority of citizens are given the day off work in order to be with family and friends, this day is a bit trickier. Schools are closed. The postal service and all other government offices are closed. Banks are closed, too.

Everything else, for the most part, is business as usual.

Unless your job falls into one of those categories mentioned at the very top of this post you are probably stuck at work right now just like us. Your social feeds will be filled with contacts who managed to get away for the day, but you, like us, have not. You need to work.

The problem with working on holidays like today is that you never really know who else is going to be working. The likelihood of your emails being read or your calls being taken today is lower than it will be on any other Monday in 2017, but still – you have things you need to accomplish.

With all this in mind, here are a few suggestions we have on how to make the most of your day at the office (while everyone else is busy having fun):

Review your progress on current goals

Most Mondays are so busy you barely have time to get situated before you’re pulled into a day of conversation, phone calls, and email, but today is different. Today is moving at a much slower pace, which means you should be able to step back and assess precisely what it is you are doing with your life. Are you still on track to achieve your professional goals? How about personal ones?

Get caught up

This can pertain any task big or small. If there is something you have been putting off because it’s too hard or boring or some combination of the two then today is the day you make a change. Do that thing you don’t want to do and get it out of the way.

Plan ahead

While things are quiet, pull out your personal calendar and begin outlining the next several weeks/months of your life. What do you need to do, and when will you make time to do it? Should you be doing more? Less? Figure it out.

Educate yourself

The world is changing much faster than we realize. Your field of expertise is likely undergoing a major evolution right now and you need to stay atop the latest trends, as well as any new developments. Consume editorials. Look up reports on consumer behavior. Check news feeds. Get caught up on your business before your business passes you by.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.