Each calendar year resembles a road race. That's just the way I've thought about it for several years. Most of the races I enter are 5 Kilometers, 3.107 miles. So to me the calendar pages correspond approximately to the laps of a 5000 meter race on the track.
You start out with the pack at the top of the year, intense and focused. You try to maintain some kind of pace. By the time the "dog days" roll around, it's like that part after the two mile point where my attention starts to wander; my stride length and frequency drop off unless I struggle to maintain the pace.
But here are heading up to the finish. If the year were a 5K, then this coming Saturday (December 1) would be the start of the last quarter mile. You can stick it out for one more lap, can't ya?
Feel free to shift gears and kick it in.