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7 Modest First Anniversary Gift Ideas for Her

7 Modest First Anniversary Gift Ideas for Her

Traditionally, the gift for a first anniversary is paper (framed art, painting, books, etc.), but in these modern times, there are so many more options to give to that special lady that she may appreciate a little bit more. For a new husband who is not sure what to give his new bride, here are a few ideas, ranging from the practical to the luxurious, all with a bit of romance added in to show her how special she is.

1. Jewelry

The old saying that diamonds are a girl’s best friend is only partly true, because even without that sparkly accessory, jewelry is always a great idea for an anniversary gift. Though she already has the rings on her finger, there are still necklaces, bracelets, or earrings to add in to her collection. Keep in mind that some women prefer gold and others prefer silver, so be sure to match what she has been known to wear regularly.

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2. Gift Baskets

Giving your wife a gift basket filled with her favorite things shows not only that you care, but that you know her better than anyone else. If she loves a relaxing bath, add some scented bubble baths, salts, and a fluffy bath flower. For a new wife with a sweet tooth, fill it with her favorite chocolates. Movie tickets, gift cards, or various makeup products in her brand will also please her, and remind her how important she is.

3. Casual Backyard Oasis

Even if children are not yet on the horizon, your newlywed is probably a busy woman. The gift of relaxation is something she will appreciate, and to do this, all that is required for a tranquil yet casual backyard oasis is a hammock and stand. She will dive right in with a good book, take a nap, or just lay back and watch the fluffy clouds float by above. And if the hammock is big enough, she may even offer to share it.

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4. Wedding Keepsakes

Use the first anniversary to remind that lovely lady of the special day being celebrated, by giving her wedding keepsakes. Her favorite wedding or honeymoon photo in a beautiful frame is a nice idea, as is a framed copy of the wedding certificate.

5. A Romantic Date

Anniversary gifts don’t have to come in a box. Take a new wife out for the evening on a romantic outing involving activities she enjoys. A dinner at her favorite restaurant will be sure to please her. Tickets to a concert, play, or even a movie can make for a fabulous evening. And if she likes to visit museums or art galleries, book a private tour. A moonlit stroll to finish the night will have her remembering why she said “I do”.

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6. Clocks

Everyone needs a clock, and there are very few houses that don’t have at least a few of them around. There are dozens of clock designs for sale, including wall clocks, digital clocks, sun dials, cuckoo clocks, or the old fashioned type with a brass pendulum. Such an item may not seem like an anniversary gift, but it symbolizes the time spent together, and the years to come that are measured on such a thoughtful device. And if desired, add an engraved message or the anniversary date to honor that special day.

7. Anniversary Getaway

Recreate the honeymoon by taking a trip together to a fabulous destination. Italy is perfect for a romantic getaway, whether riding a gondola down the canals of Venice, enjoying the fine art of Tuscany, or touring the Colosseum in Rome. If warm breezes and beaches are more her style, head to the Caribbean, for the gorgeous beaches and ocean views, to relax and enjoy each other’s company in the luxury of one of the many resorts.

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Giving a new wife a gift from the heart is the best way to show how special she is on that first anniversary. Any of the above ideas will do just that, and remind her why she married such a thoughtful and loving fellow in the first place.

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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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