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What Gifts Do People Actually Want?

What Gifts Do People Actually Want?

The holidays may have already come and gone, but that shouldn’t mean your spirit of giving should go into hibernation until next December.

If you weren’t able to figure out the perfect gift for your significant other, friends, or family members, you just might have been on the wrong track from the get-go. When shopping for someone we love, we tend to look for quirky and cool gadgets that we just know they’ll love. But we become disheartened a few weeks later when we notice the gift we thought they’d love has yet to make its way out of its packaging. So what do people really want?

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According to a survey by Couponbox.com, people are more likely to appreciate and utilize gifts relating to experiences than material possessions. 25% of those polled reported they would love to be gifted some sort of travel opportunity. While they might never get around to using the new gadget you bought them for their man cave, you can be sure your money won’t go to waste if you buy them tickets to a show, sporting event, or weekend getaway.

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Additionally, many times we focus on what our loved ones want for a gift rather than what they need. While, as kids, getting clothes for gifts was usually disappointing, roughly 20% of those polled reported that they would be happy with a new wardrobe to add to their closet. Though a similar number of adults reported they wouldn’t mind receiving electronics, you can be assured they will get much more use out of a new pair of pants than they would a new video game. I mean, what adult really has time for video games anymore?

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And I hate to end on a less-than-positive note, but what’s up with only 5% of those polled asking simply to be with their families or for world peace? I’ll just pretend the rest of them didn’t know those options were available…

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    Last Updated on December 2, 2018

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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