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Opsy #9: Tis the season (to cut down your to-do list)

I had that inevitable December moment last week.
A navy, knitted holiday sweater is super imposed on a peach background

I had that inevitable December moment last week.

The one where you look at your to-do list and realize you've got maybe a week and a half of actual work time left before we all get sucked into a whirlwind of auto-responders and seasonal snacks until the new year rings.

And now there's even less time! 😱

No matter what holiday you celebrate, it can feel like the whole world is about to shut down and that there's so much left to do beforehand.

If you're feeling the overwhelm, let me ask you what I asked myself last week: what are you optimizing for?

Are you trying to finish your most crucial tasks so you can truly sign off? Or are you rushing to finish a project because you hate asking your boss for extensions?

Are you trying to do a little more holiday shopping so you can wow all of your loved ones with super thoughtful gifts? Or do you want to squeeze in more holiday activities with your kids?

All of these are totally valid, but you probably can't do them all in the next week. So which goal is most important? Optimize for that, and ask for help where you can.

Everything else can probably wait. 😅


Did you hear that we're having a holiday party? 👀

It's basically a super chill meetup like last time, only with a little extra holiday magic. (If you wear an ugly holiday sweater, you will be rewarded.)

Join us tomorrow for:

  • 4 rounds of speed networking,
  • 3 puny jokes,
  • 2 lightning talks,
  • and a whole lot of holiday cheer.

Register for free!

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Stay opsy, folks!

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