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7 Helpful Tools to Choose the Perfect Christmas Vacation Destination

7 Helpful Tools to Choose the Perfect Christmas Vacation Destination

So, Christmas time is coming closer… Fa-la-la-la… But hey there, are you sure about how you’ll spend your winter vacation? This is a very special holiday appreciated and respected throughout the world. Thus, your vacation should be both fun and with respect to the name of God. Good deeds are waiting for you. The best way to relax and save your life energy is by using various helpful tools that can help you with both choosing the right place and getting ready for your trip.

Are you ready to learn more about these magic instruments?

1. Excel Project Calendar

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      If you’re pretty sure in your own skills and don’t want anyone else to come up with good ideas for your Christmas vacation, then use typical Excel from Microsoft Word panel to have a schedule fully built on your own. The project shown below does not involve preset holidays, but users can add them to any calendar.

      Simply move to the Project section à Properties à Change Working Time.

      Of course, to apply this tool properly, you have to know your vacation date ahead.

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      Pick a calendar from For calendar list, and choose the holiday of your interest. Just type a name on the Exceptions tab to find your holiday quickly. Every holiday detail will be highlighted in your Excel project. There are a lot of other tips, The main one is: in case you wish to turn weekends into the workday, you may do it easily by changing the working days on the project calendar.

      2. Flighthub

      There are many wonderful places in the United States, so you don’t necessarily have to go elsewhere like the characters from all-time favorite motion picture “All Alone.” You may go to… Vegas, for instance! Here you will find a lot of more or less ethical and moral types of leisure, so there is no need to risk losing all of your money on gambling. If you come here with family instead of your nasty friends, you’ll discover a plenty of modest games for the entire families.

      Anyway, the Flighthub planning tool we’re going to have a look at is the one where you can find the list of best:

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      • hotels and resorts
      • shows & events
      • package deals
      • things to do
      • tours
      • restaurants

      Moreover, the guys from the given website may also plan a full trip for you in case you have never organized something like this before.

      Let professionals care about your tickets by searching for the most competitive prices and flight conditions. They will decide on the most suitable hotel based on your requirements: a number of family members, children, and your preferred leisure.

      3. Free Booking Software

      Now it’s time to become absolutely independent in terms of organizing your special Christmas vacation. To do so, you’ll definitely have to look for the existing options, analyze them on your own, and turn to a mediator who would offer the best prices. The best prices may not be the cheapest, but still, you may save a plenty of money. You need to book a month or 2 weeks ahead. Don’t be late with a payment and picking up your tickets!

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      4. Route Happy App

      Flight can be the most dangerous part of your trip. In fact, it’s all stereotypes: airplanes are the safest type of transport in the world. However, you may download some apps like this one that assists in selecting cheap and secure flights. Except for good prices, such tools are able to prioritize itineraries that take less time, and find the easiest layover logistics.

      5. Personal Travel Counselors

      Here is a free and useful hint: use live chats on the websites of various travel agencies to speak with an expert about your further trip. This kind of service is free everywhere. You’re not obligated to make a purchase at the same site. At the same time, the person will tell you everything about all possible options like:

      • Continents
      • Countries
      • Specific cities or towns
      • Hotels level availability
      • Average prices
      • Terms & conditions

      6. Price Aggregator

      This option is the excellent opportunity for middle-income families who want to save money and rest peacefully. These platforms are created to compare prices for the same services across the globe. They are simple to use and always show the most proper options for a user with a specific interest. In fact, there are much more apps aimed to pick your best vacation.

      7. Word of Mouth

      Sometimes, it may be the most efficient tool of all. When choosing your vacation, simply talk to your parents or close friends. The guy next door may lie about his experience, so it’s better to consult people who have really been to Paris or elsewhere at Christmas time. Good luck!

      Featured photo credit: travefy.com via blog.travefy.com

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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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