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How to Plan Your Perfect New Year’s Eve Party This Season

How to Plan Your Perfect New Year’s Eve Party This Season

The year 2016 is on the verge of its end and the upcoming year, 2017, is approaching with a new set of regulations. New Year’s Eve is one of the most exciting moments of the year and is celebrated all over the globe. The tradition every year is to throw a New Year’s Eve party and enjoy the last day of the year ’till we enter the New Year. We say “goodbye” with a smile on our faces and greet the new year with happiness.

So, if you are someone who is in full swing and ready and able to throw an official New Year’s Eve party, you should be well prepared for New Year’s Eve on the 31st. In order to make it memorable, execute the following things in your party plans:

Hire Catering Service

During the party, you will have two formats to follow. Either you run a self-serve feature or you will require a catering service. Mostly, people opt for the third party catering service during the party. It is a major advantage for the host because all of the food and beverages will be served in a systematic manner and the host will get to concentrate primarily on the guests.

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There are many third party catering services out there that you can hire that fit your budget and vision. Different facilities can be adopted, depending upon the budget, number of caters required, and other requirement criteria. The complete catering suite can also be hired, along with the temporary kitchen rental services.

Hire A Temporary Kitchen Rental Service

The foremost requirement for any sort of party is the food and beverages that are to be served at the party. When it comes to planning an party last minute, it might be really hard for you to hire a party space that houses a built-in kitchen to accommodate catering services. Maybe not impossible, but it could cost you a hefty amount.

So, to keep your prep plans within your budget, you should go for mobile kitchen rental services that are readily available. Everything you need is available in the temporary kitchens. What’s great about it, too, is that it can come along with you wherever. With an affordable budget, it can be placed anywhere, be it your home, party place, or others property. So even if you don’t have a decked out lavish hotel room, a subtle event space could be elevated to another level with the help of temporary kitchen that you or a hired staff could use easily.

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Build A Digital Invitation Card

How do you call your friends/colleagues and invite everyone to the party? It will always be the big question. Trying to do an invitation over the phone can be time-consuming and not so effective. Digital invitation cards offers a great remedy to this situation.

There are numerous online websites that can build digital cards for you and when you’re done, all you need to do is forward them to your guests. You can make use of different social platforms to inform your guests about your New Year’s Eve party, proper dress, and all that will be done in the party. The best part of all is that the card will undoubtedly entertain the receiver with the perfect blend of information and animations.

Fix The Area for Party

Now comes a major task. Whether you’ve rented out an event space or hotel suite, or if you’ve just decided to your own home or apartment for the party, it is important to prep the space you’re working with long before guests arrive. While some people might have an ideal location for a New Year’s Eve party, like a spacious backyard with plenty of lush greenery, others might have to work a little harder to make their space more presentable and accommodating to guests.

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The party area will mostly depend on the number of guests you are expecting for the New Year’s Eve party. If you are expecting a few of your friends, then throwing it at your place will be a good option. If not, you can even go for a property that is available for rent. Just make sure all the details are squared away long before the big day.

New Year’s Eve is all set to rock your life and add a new experience. So, whether you are planning the party in your home or a predetermined party location, it’s good to consider the above points when you’re planning out your list to make the day memorable and welcome the New Year with a smiling face and happy guests.

The New Year is waiting to welcome you. Go for the most enjoyable party of the year and enjoy the last day of the going year and the first day of the New Year with your friends.

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Wishing You a Happy & Prosperous New Year!

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Last Updated on October 20, 2020

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.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

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