It is almost Christmas and many of us are still scrambling around trying to choose the perfect gift for a friend or relative. What do they want? What do they need? What can we buy? We can spend hours in shops asking ourselves these questions. There is another way to select the perfect gift but it involves changing our perception of what gift giving is all about. The problem is that we think about giving gifts as the exchange of physical objects. A useful alternative is to think of a gift as... More »
Every Monday, we pose a question for the lifehack.org community to answer. The following Monday, I post my answer along with a selection (depending on how many there are) of your responses. The idea is to give you a chance to share your knowledge with the rest of the lifehack.org community — and to give you the opportunity to see what your fellow lifehack.org readers are doing! This week’s question is: It’s the last week before Christmas. What advice do you have for someone looking to find something for that one difficult... More »
Christmas – it’s the lovely time of the year again; the time for giving and sharing of gifts with family and friends. As much as we want to celebrate and be jolly during this festive season, we want to make sure that we are careful about spending so that we don’t spoil the festive mood. From past years’ experiences, my challenge with Christmas shopping has always been overspending. Retailers are really good at running promotions and coming up with the latest gift ideas to entice shoppers to spend more money than I... More »
Today is “Black Friday”, the busiest shopping day of the year in the US and the official start of the Christmas buying season. If you have kids, that most likely means a new crop of the latest toys and video games. The wholesale (maybe I should say “retail”) celebration of consumerism makes a lot of people anxious, with good reason. What kind of values are we modeling for our children when we embrace consumption so greedily during the Christmas season? And yet, children outgrow toys. Their tastes change, their abilities change, and... More »
It is well into November and the world is ramping up its Christmas hype. We are bombarded with Christmas food, Christmas gifts, Christmas expectations and Christmas pressure. This can be one of the best times of year, but many people end up overcome by stress, guilt, molten credit cards and broken relationships. It doesn’t have to be like this. With a little forethought and planning, you can push aside the trouble and look forward to Christmas again.
For people who celebrate Christmas in your country, you may have couple of days off from work. What are you planning to utilize these holidays? Dinner and spending time with family? Party with your friends? Read your personal development books and ready for next year? Tell me your productive plan. Productivity does not meant for work only. For me, productivity means getting what you planned done. For me, I am having one week off from now until new year. My plan is partying (yay), going couple of day-trips, catch up with my... More »
Photography is important to capture your memories on your Christmas holiday this year. Digital Photography School has 16 tips for digital camera owners to keep in mind. Those tips make sure your photo are as high quality as possible so that you won’t lose any moment: Prepare – Making a List, checking it twice…. A White Balance Christmas Set up a DIY ‘Photo Booth’ Capture the preparation stages Before and After Shots Time-lapse Christmas series Christmas Lights Find a Point of Interest – but just per shot Fresh Group Photos Opening Gifts... More »