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5 Special Treats to Buy Your Dog This Autumn

5 Special Treats to Buy Your Dog This Autumn

Winter is coming and with it the cold nights are drawing in. Then, don’t wait for Christmas to treat your pooch to something to keep them toasty, warm and their tail wagging. Instead, take a look at these five special treats and see if there isn’t something on the list worth indulging your dog with this autumn.

1. A New K9 Crib

Every dog needs his (or her) own bed. Not only is a dog bed advisable for any pooch as it provides them with a designated place to sleep, most obviously; a dog’s bed is also an important investment as it provides a pooch with its own territory and a literal safe place to retreat to. Hence, buying dog beds is serious business and it takes some real doggie lover know how.

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For those buying a first time dog bed, before doing so give the guide featured on the canine journal website a read ahead of hitting the shops. Meanwhile, for those looking to replace their dog’s old bed, head straight over to shops like the Pet Luxury website to get your dog a new crib that they (and you) can be proud of.

2. Somewhere to Stash the Scooby Snacks

A dog’s life is no life when it doesn’t involve being thrown the odd bone (or Scooby snack) from time to time. For a truly cool place to stash your dog’s treats and also ensure they keep fresh as well as sealed to prevent them stinking the house out, treat your pooch this fall to its very own personalised dog treat storage jar as sold via the Personalised Gifts Shop Online.

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Better yet, go one further and invest in a Bake-a-Bone Original Dog Treat Maker as sold via the Amazon website and you can even use your dog’s personalised treat jar to keep home made snacks in. This is not only a cool gadget for those looking to create dog treats that they know their pooch likes and as well treats which they can ensure contain only ingredients they want their dog to eat, but is a really creative and fun way to involve the whole family in feeding the dog and learning about its nutritional needs.

3. Walkie Talkies

No, dog walkie talkies are not ‘an actual thing’. At least not yet. Rather, this is a must have this autumn for any dog owner to ensure that their dog gets a good long walk at least once a day without their owner getting bored and cutting walkie-time short. What is the magical gadget that can keep an owner occupied whilst walking their dog then? Less of a gadget even and more of a gadget add on, every dog owner should treat themselves to a Juice Squash Power Bank as sold at PC World this autumn to ensure their iphone, smart phone or ipod doesn’t die on them whilst walking their dog.

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Not only is having your phone or music player working and good to go likely to extend the amount of time you spend walking your dog, it is also a matter of safety; when walking a dog in a rural place or anywhere ‘off the beaten track’ or in the evenings as autumn nights are far darker than summer ones, it is a matter of safety to ensure you have with you a phone in case you happen to fall, injure yourself or worse.

4. Buying Man’s Best Friend a Pint at the End of the Day

Devised by a dog owner who often stopped by his local whilst walking his dog or when returning from a long walk with his four legged best friend, dog beer is not only an actual thing and exists, it is also an inexpensive, alcohol free and nutritional treat for your dog. To learn more about (and buy) doggie beer, head over to the Official Snuffle Dogbeer website.

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5. A Pooch Pamper Spa Day

Last but not least, because us humans are not the only creatures to suffer when summer draws to an end and the dry air, cold nights and frosty morning hit, why not take the opportunity or just use the colder weather as an excuse to book yourself in for a spa day and whilst you are at it also book your dog in for some poochy pampering at the likes of one of the world’s many pooch parlours and dedicated dog spas such as The Pet Spa London.

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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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