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Losing Focus at the End of the Year

No matter who you are it is common to get distracted during the month of December. After all, you probably have a lot going on outside of work. This includes everything from buying gifts to planning for the holidays to meeting with family and friends and much more. And while there is nothing wrong with taking time for yourself during the holiday you don’t want to lose sight of the direction you are steering your career. Even though it can be difficult you must not lose focus at the end of the year.

Why is it so bad to lose focus in December? The reason for this is simple: January is right around the bend and this is the most important month of the year for most freelance writers. You want to get off to a good start in the new year, right? If you lose your focus in December you may find it difficult to regain your positioning when it is time to get down to work in the new year.

To ensure you don’t lose your focus follow these tips:

1. Have fun but don’t stop working. Just because I am staying on target and keeping focused does not mean that I am working 20 hour days. During work hours I am getting a lot done, but at night and on weekends I am having fun for the holidays. Remember, you can do both.

2. If you know you are losing focus do whatever it takes to fix the problem. You may need to put in some extra hours here and there, or cancel a shopping trip to get some work done. This may sound like a sacrifice but if you are losing focus it is important to do. If you let things get out of control you may have a difficult time starting the new year in the manner you would like.

There is no denying that losing your focus and slacking off is easy to do at the end of the year. I urge you to avoid this at all costs while still making sure you are having fun and spending time with friends and family. You can have the best of both worlds!

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