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Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast in Your Life

Gifts for the Outdoor Enthusiast in Your Life

Whether you are shopping for the holiday season, in celebration of a birthday, or marking a major life milestone, choosing a gift for a sportsman or woman can be a challenge if you aren’t familiar with the equipment involved. But that doesn’t mean you can’t select an ideal option with a little care.

To help you get your shopping started, consider these gifts for the outdoor sporting enthusiast in your life.

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For the Target Shooter

Many people enjoy taking a rifle to the range and firing off a few shots. Whether they are avid hunters, competition target shooters, or just a recreational rifleman, there are many kinds of equipment that can help improve performance.

A great place to start is with a rifle scope turret system. A high-quality turret system can help increase the level of accuracy when shooting at distant targets by adjusting the windage and elevation. Learn all you need to know about turret system operation and then locate a model that can help your gift recipient improve their game.

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If you aren’t as comfortable selecting equipment, then think about getting them an accessory or two. You can find fun paper targets that can be taken to the range or a new box to carry ammunition. Items such as these perform a specific function that any target shooter can appreciate, and you don’t have to worry about how it will impact their performance.

For the Camping Enthusiast

If the outdoor enthusiast and sportsman in your life enjoys spending their nights in the wilderness, then a four-season tent is a great option. Four-season tents are designed to hold up in nearly all weather conditions, from sunny summer days to snowy winter nights. These tents are versatile as they can get, and also very durable.

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A four-season tent by Kodiak Canvas does more than just withstand the elements. Its simple design allows it to be set up quickly even if only one person is there to do the work. It also has a high ceiling, so you don’t have to hunch to do basic tasks like get into the tent or change clothes. It also comes with an easy-to-use carrying case, making transporting the tent a breeze.

Another excellent choice for anyone who spends the night outside while enjoying their activity of choice is a quality sleeping bag. Sleeping bags are rated based on the lowest temperature in which they are an appropriate choice. Weight based on the environment is also a factor in choosing the right sleeping bag. A great sleeping bag helps the camper get a better night’s sleep, making the recipient of your gift more prepared to tackle what the next day has in store.

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For the Ice Fisherman

When you are going ice fishing, you know it’s going to be cold. And since you are often exposed to the wind coursing across the frozen bodies of water, having something to shield you from the wind can make the experience much more pleasant.

With that in mind, an ice fishing shelter is a great gift for those who have concentrated more on investing in quality gear than their personal comfort. The Eskimo Quickfish 3 is a highly portable model that can be carried in an included backpack. A more comfortable experience means the person you are buying for can spend more time on the ice doing what they love.

If you have a friend of family member who loves the outdoors, any of these gifts may be appropriate. But, if you are ever in doubt, choose a gift card to their favorite outdoor sporting store. Then they can get exactly what they need to enjoy their favorite hobby, and you can guarantee that your gift will be appreciated.

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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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