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40: Dead Week
Planning for next December.
“The time from December 26 until the afternoon of December 31 is generally considered part of “the holidays.” Kwanzaa, and very occasionally Hanukkah, falls during this period. But for many of us, whether still celebrating holidays or having just finished Christmas festivities, this week is like a long hangover. To some degree, I think all of society feels a little aimless during these few days. We’re waiting for the new year, with all its resolutions and hopes for starting over, but we’re not quite done with the old one” - The Atlantic
I came across this Atlantic article via
This week needed a name, and I vote for deadweek to enter common vanacular.
Austin Kleon is spending his week reading all his journals from the year! A great use of the year! I’ll do that Next Year!
This year, I’ve said yes to a number of deadlines that I could easily have said no to and I’m making happy progress on a couple of them and have delivered a third! I know I should be relaxing or at least reflecting on the year past and the upcoming new year.
Well, I did that in November.
So just like I enjoy getting a head start on the week by putting in long hours on Mondays. I like getting a start on the year by delivering on some deadlines on the first week of January!
As we move into ‘Dead Week’, I’m reminded of this concept of Dead Time and Alive Time. Dead Time is passive, time in traffic or prison and any time that you find yourself killing time, you’re making it dead. The alternative is seizing time and making it alive, using the time to be productive, to make steps towards your goals of the time you use to learn and grow.
You can let time pass you by, or you can seize it and turn it into alive time. And it’s like it sound. All you truly poses in life is your alive time. Don’t kill it, or shorten it by failing to seize each minute.
This concept was introduce by Robert Greene