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5 Tips you should consider before traveling with kids.

5 Tips you should consider before traveling with kids.

Certainly, a family travel is one of the most memorable experiences we could ever have. We love it from the beginning to the last day. We remember it when we’re back at home and we enjoy planning it, asking for tips and recommendations from our friends, searching for the best places and attractions for our kids and saving some money to be prepared for the trip.

A carefree and enjoyable vacation time is all you want, so check this useful tips before making your trip and apply them while you’re planning it.

1. Choose an ideal destination

Which activities does your family like and enjoy? There are many destination options with lots of thigs to do. You need to know if you want to visit a city and go to stores, malls, museums and theme parks or if you would like to have more nature contact and visit a beach or a forest where you can do outdoor activities like camping, walking in the woods, playing in the snow, swimming in the water, etc.

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2. Pack wisely

Being honest, you probably won’t need all the clothes and stuff you pack and when you travel with all your family members there can be a lot of heavy luggage. You need to know exactly where you’re going and then pack the correct outfits, not things that will only be grabbing space in your bag. You can check how the weather is at your destination, which places you’re going to visit, what kind of activities you will do, how many days you will you stay and if you’re going to do a little shopping or not.

3. If you’re flying

There are many considerations you should know about flights, like rates, best travel seasons, airlines and its politics, that actually matter in your trip.

First of all, you need to start booking your flight with anticipation to get the best deals. This way rates will be lower and you can save some money for your travel budget. If you also check what’s the best season of the year to travel where you decided to go, traveling off season is recommendable especially when you travel with kids and you don’t want any chaos with crowded places.

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You also need to check airline politics if you’re going to travel with big luggage or strollers, they could make you pay an extra charge for it. Try to choose the front or the last seats at the airplane, those seats are near the restrooms. Despite that, it’s recommendable to take the kids to the restroom before boarding and make a walk around the airport to make some exercise as well (you will be seated during the entire flight).

Finally, you know that taking a taxi to the airport is not always the best option, so if you want to take your car there you can use an on-parking airport or an off-parking airport. Choosing the second option will give you the best parking rates (you can save up to 50% over the airport parking rates) and you will have your own car when you return from your trip.

4. If you go on a road trip

Family road trips are always fun. Traveling this way, you will visit many new places and make stops in incredible sites; you can stop to eat and do a little shopping and also stop to relax and rest a little bit. It’s recommendable to avoid eating a couple of hours before the trip, because most kids get sick easily and you don’t want any incident. You also can keep a road trip first aid kit with preventive medication and other stuff you could need.

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Make your vehicle a comfortable place, you can take some home comforts like blankets, pillows, toys, electronic games, a portable DVD player or books; this way your kids will be entertained and more relaxed during the trip. If you travel with babies or little children don’t forget to use special baby car seats for travel.

5. Family friendly accommodation

Searching for an adequate accommodation with a great location, good services, and good prices can be a difficult task as it seems. You also need to find a family friendly place where all your members can stay comfortably. Websites like Booking  show you good accommodation deals, but if you want to find a really family friendly hotel you can book here.

Don’t forget to capture all those special moments, bring a camera or a video camera and be sure you don’t lose any details. Remember to be patient, you were a kid once as well.

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Featured photo credit: Kids trip via gooddaynow.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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