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6 Unique Gift Ideas for the Person with Everything

6 Unique Gift Ideas for the Person with Everything

Whether it’s Christmas, a birthday, or another special occasion, we all have that one person on our list who is just about impossible to shop for. The purpose of this article is to help readers find unique gifts for all kinds of people.

1. Deep Sea Sand Art

When stress and anxiety seem to rule your life, there’s something very calming about viewing art and getting lost in the intricacies of a specific work. But do you know what’s even more appealing? Getting lost in the intricacies of a piece of work that’s ever-changing right before your eyes. Every Deep Sea Sand Art sculpture designed by Klaus Bosch can be rotated and shifted to create unique visuals with the sparkling sand; put it on a desk, place it by your bed…it can go anywhere!

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2. Name a Star

Have you ever looked up at the dark night sky and stared in amazement at the thousands of glowing stars in your peripheral vision? Stars are amazing sights but they become even more special when there’s some sort of connection. With StarNamer, you can name a star after a loved one (yes, an actual star that’s visible either to the naked eye or with a small telescope). Thousands of people have already named stars, and there are numerous packages for purchase, including framed certificates, DVDs, and even star location charts.

3. Sunrise Simulator Alarm Clock

Does that special someone on your list always complain about waking up in the morning? Maybe they sleep through their alarm, or have to place it on the other side of the room so they’ll physically get up to turn it off? Whatever the case may be, they could benefit from the Philips Wake-Up Light with “colored sunrise simulation.” As the wake-up time nears, the alarm clock begins to slowly fill the room with light and plays a calming wake-up sound.

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4. Shower Speaker

Does your friend like to listen to music when they take a shower? If so, they’re probably tired of trying to play music through their phone without getting it wet or hauling the stereo into the bathroom and positioning the speakers just right. The answer is the Shower Speaker that lets them do everything from listening to music to answering calls; it pairs with Bluetooth devices, is water-resistant, and provides excellent sound quality.

5. 642 Things to Write About

If you have a writer in your life, they may frequently complain about not having enough ideas. Well, just give them the 642 Things to Write About book. As the name suggests, this book has 642 different writing prompts design to get the creative juices flowing. These prompts range from lyric writing and fiction, to personal reflection and character development. It’s sure to be a hit!

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6. Snake Bit

How annoying is it to confront a DIY project, only to find that the screw you’re trying to unscrew or put back in place is in a tight spot that you can’t reach with your drill? Well, chances are that person on your gift list has had the same issue before, and that’s why they need the Snake Bit. As the name implies, this 12-inch pliable extender attaches to your drill and lets you work in tight areas; it can bend up to 90 degrees and works with any standard drill and bit.

Never Run Out of Ideas

While you may think that person on your list already has everything in the world, this list of ideas just goes to show that there’s always something you can find. It’s time to get creative and discover something that they never even knew they needed, but will absolutely love.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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