Some time in the middle of December, I find myself thinking in terms of “after the holidays.”  That proposal I need to write?  After the holidays.  The new dish I want to try making for dinner?  After the holidays.  The remaining garden-recap blog posts?  That’s right, after the holidays.

It’s an almost universally accepted excuse—many, many people celebrate some sort of holiday at the end of the year—and I hear it from a wide variety of sources.  As a result, productivity slows down as we all concentrate on holiday tasks and activities (it’s not like nothing is getting done).

Well, after the holidays is now…