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Man Cave Gifts for Father’s Day

Man Cave Gifts for Father’s Day

No matter how long you’ve known that special father figure in your life, it can still be tough to find that perfect gift. Chances are that the obvious tie, socks, and t-shirt have been given numerous times, but this year can be different.

Many fathers seem to have that one place they go to for some quiet, peace, and alone time — sort of like their own man cave. Whether it’s the basement, the office, or the yard, these gifts will show him that he deserves that space, and most of all, that he deserves to enjoy it.

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Antique Pool Balls

For dads who love a game of pool or a good sports competition, this set of antique pool balls will add a decorative but masculine flair to any area. Choosing a gift that reflects his personality shows just how much you truly care and pay attention to his interests.

Engraved Desk Paperweight

If dad’s getaway is his office space, then an engraved desk paperweight will bring a smile to his face. Not only is this gift useful, it’s personal. While the globe symbolizes he means the world to you, the engraving is what makes the entire gift. Every time the paperweight is put to use, he’ll read the message and think of you. For the days he wishes he were home, he can take it with him to his work office.

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Personalized Wall Bottle Opener

Whether his space is indoors or outdoors, this personalized wall bottle opener can be mounted on almost any hard surface. Personalize it with his initials or a favorite logo to make it his own. Next time he goes to open his favorite drink, he’ll be accompanied by this memory.

Dart Board

A dad who enjoys taking part in activities and hanging out with friends will appreciate a dart board. Plus, what’s a man cave without some kind of entertainment? For a dad who is just looking to have fun, a simple dart board will do, but for those interested in the latest and most innovative pieces, there are high-tech options with electronic features.

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Heated Massage Pad

After a long day at work, a heated massage pad can be the stress reliever he needs. Compatible with any chair, sofa, or bed, this gift will give dad the relaxation he deserves. The built-in speakers are an added bonus that allow him to listen to his favorite music or book from his mobile devices while winding down.

Popcorn Maker

Going with the theme of items he can enjoy for years to come, a popcorn maker is just that. Whether he’s getting things done in the home office or enjoying his alone time in another area of the house, he’ll eventually need a snack. Not only is it a creative choice, it’s simple to use and there’s limited mess. Just add the kernels. An item like this can even make for a great bundle gift by making it into a movie-themed gift. Include his favorite movie or tickets to the nearest cinema and an assortment of candies. Keep in mind that he may just end up sharing it with the rest of the family!

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Every individual in your life is unique, so when it’s time to celebrate one of them, give them a gift that truly fits them. While showing appreciation for those devoted father figures in your life should occur often, Father’s Day only comes around once a year. Take this opportunity to create a memory that he won’t forget. There’s nothing better than a gift that’s useful, personal, and enjoyable all at the same time. Happy Father’s Day to all!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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