I’m really interested in peoples input on this one. I tell people when they plan projects not to have anything in the schedule during the week between Christmas and New Year as it is typically slow for your company and other companies you may be delivering for or who may be providing services to you.
My track and field coach had a different view of holidays and taking breaks from the training (project). He used to say that when I was out on Christmas Day and time between then and the New Year, just keep remembering your rivals (and competition) may well be taking a break and not training as hard and therefore losing ground (and that did appeal to my competitive side :)). He didn’t put out a rigid schedule but still expected me to be working out.
So when we look back at project work maybe the answer is not to have defined tasks in the plan but view it as a chance to either catch up on work that may have slipped or a time to get a jump on the work to come and make for a smoother transition into the new Year