Labor Day: A Day of Labor or Rest?
Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant
Labor Day weekend feels like an oxymoron to me. I know the idea behind the holiday is to give us laborers rest, but does it really translate that way for most of us?
In recent years, I’ve viewed the weekend as a chance to work really hard to catch up on all I intended to do during the summer. For those of us who work in publishing, that urgency seems very real since August is a more laid back month. Not that snoozing is ever an option, but August means summer hours at publishing houses, with some closing on Fridays. And it means publishing employees taking summer vacations so publishing decisions are generally delayed if not postponed until…after Labor Day.
Once September hits, publishing moves into major motion. Everyone returns to the office and realizes all that must be put into place before the holidays. Round about Thanksgiving the year seems to crash around publishing’s head, and people stand around the proverbial water cooler discussing who is taking off which days and just how the office will celebrate Christmas.
All that brings me back to my Labor Day this year, which has the added oddity of trying to figure out how to work in my re-entry to publishing after taking off a few bereavement weeks. My strategy is to slip in gradually and quietly, with a small blog today, a few calls during the week, finalizing a few deals, and sending out a proposal here and there. But to accomplish that, this weekend I’m definitely landing on the “labor” vs.”rest” side of the scale. My list includes: finalizing an e-newsletter announcing some new projects our agency has to show editors, which will be sent out right after Labor Day; working on our agency’s retreat schedule; preparing proposals to send out; and pondering how to respond to a couple of new potential clients.
What are you laboring at this weekend? Or are you resting before the breakneck pace of all hits hard?