This morning, I realized that I still have a lot of work to do before the holiday. It's Thursday...technically mid-week for a recruiter. Long line recruiting, local interviews, and client calls are all on my plate for today. Not to mention our VP will be in town the next two days...right before I go on vacation for a week to refresh.
The point is, I am working up to the buzzer. Every recruiter, no matter what industry or what experience level, can slack at this point in the week, or right before a vacation. You have to push yourself to make that next phone call, to find that next candidate, and to close that next deal. There are no other options, because if you don't, someone else will.
Time and time again I see recruiters let it slide...this is the time you "put the pedal to the floor" and get results. No activity for activity's sake. Quality all the way through your day, or else a guy like me, at 4:55 PM, will steal that candidate or push that manager to hire my guy :).