Too Much Work and No Time?

Melanie Rembrandt

Since our initial launch date, Melanie Rembrandt has been an integral part of the StartupNation team.

As the founder of Rembrandt Communications®, LLC,, Melanie is one of the country's top, public-relations consultants, an SEO copywriter and a published writer with over 20 years of extensive experience and an excellent track-record for success.

She specializes in helping entrepreneurs get the attention and credibility they need via targeted public-relations and SEO copywriting efforts (including Web site copy that sells, newsletters, eReports, social media, blogs, SEO press releases, e-mail auto responders, direct marketing, and more!).

Melanie offers tips and insights via her blogs and monthly newsletter, "Rembrandt Writes Insights®." And she provides in-depth training presentations to various businesses and organizations nationwide.

Melanie is also the author of "Secrets of Becoming a Publicist," published by American Writers & Artists, Inc., "Simple Publicity," published by 1WinPress, StartupNation's "7 Steps to Successful Public Relations," and the host of the SmallBiz America Radio Channel, "PR and SEO Quick Tips with Melanie Rembrandt."

A magna cum laude graduate of the prestigious UCLA School of Theater,Film and Television, Melanie is the official small-business PR expert for StartupNation and Pink Magazine Online. She’s open to your questions, comments and suggestions at and @rembrandtwrites on Twitter.

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It’s that time of year when things are crazy. You are probably slammed at work trying to finish year-end projects while preparing for the holidays. But don’t let all of your work get in the way of enjoying this special time of year. To enjoy the holiday season more, here are a few tips…

•    Review your day.

There is a lot going on so at the end of each day take some time to plan your schedule for the next day.

What do you need to get finished?

Make a list with the amount of time you need to complete each task. List your top priorities first. Then, when you wake up the next day, you’ll know what you need to work on and finish that day.

•    Schedule “me” time.

When you have a busy schedule, it can be so easy to rush from one activity to the next without taking a break. You go to work, drive the kids to wherever they need to be, shop, cook, clean, do laundry, etc. At the end of the day, you collapse on your bed and either fall asleep right away or lie awake thinking of all the things you need to get done the next day. This is not a good schedule for your health or stress levels.

Instead, schedule some time for you. Take time out to take a fun exercise class, go for a walk, get a massage, read a book… whatever you like to do that gives you a moment to relax and get your thoughts together.

•    Get help.

Whether you want to believe it or not, sometimes its impossible to do it all. And if you try to do it all, what are the chances that you’ll be able to do everything well?

Instead of running around like a crazy person and doing everything so-so due to a lack of time, why not ask for help?

Maybe you can hire an intern or part-time employee, give your kids some extra chores to do or seek out family and friends to help you with shopping and odd jobs? It may cost a little extra money and time to give out some of your responsibilities to others, but it will be will worth it. The work will get done, and you’ll avoid spreading yourself too thin and getting sick.

Don’t let the holidays pass you by

This is a very special time of year to appreciate what you have and spread goodwill and cheer. But if you are stuck behind your desk, up late worrying about work or in bed sick, the season will pass you by.

Instead, make a schedule, including “me” time, and stick to it. And if you find that you Are just overwhelmed with all the things you have to do, find some people to help you. Then, maybe you’ll be able to relax, get your work done, AND enjoy the holiday season!

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