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Personalization: The Process and its Perks

Personalization: The Process and its Perks

As the generation that experienced the evolution of social networking sites (Friendster, MySpace, and finally Facebook), we’ve had plenty of practice in the field of customization. Pairing them with our favorite colors as the background, we’ve modified our personal pages to play our favorite songs once opened by fellow netizens.

Nowadays, you can personalize even your undergarments. One bride even went as far as having a cake made into a life-sized version of her. Wax seal stamps are proof that personalizing and customization were already a trend in the Middle ages and during the reign of the pharaohs.

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According to the National Institute of Health, in a TIME magazine article, millennials are three times more likely to have narcissistic personality disorder than previous generations, hence the nickname “Me, Me, Me Generation”. This makes many of us prone to impatience and selfishness.

For example, when siblings fight over something, “Does it have your name on it?” usually becomes the problem-solver and argument ending statement. So, unless it has your initials inscribed, you have no right to call it yours. It’s become an unspoken rule between siblings and peers.

Getting custom-made luxury bags, shoes, shoes, clothes or even cars has never been easier. Customization isn’t limited to just material objects. Travel can be tailored down to the last detail if we want to. Experiences are actually more flexible, and spending money on experiences rather than goods is a more preferred way of life for some millennials.

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Making it Mine

Personalization comes in the form of engravings, stickers, labels, patches, and embossed or monogrammed anything. Old-fashioned folks probably still have handkerchiefs adorned with their initials. I own a jewelry box with my full name engraved on the cover. When it comes to gifts, there is no doubt that a stronger connection and attachment can be found between a customized object, the giver and the recipient. When they are personalized, ordinary things no longer feel “average” because of the sentimental value behind them.  Plus, it is easier to spot a customized item and confirm that it belonging to you.

Social media has its own methods and services when it comes to personalization. There’s the use of hash tags to make an event or person go viral. Aside from the built-in filters, Snapchat also allows you to design and use one of your own geofilters for your special day.

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    iPhones come in a variety of colors, sizes and capacities. We can now decide exactly what we want on our sandwiches and salads. That’s why businesses like Coldstone, Subway and Chipotle have many loyal customers. Nike, Converse and Adidas offer services in which you can design your own shoes.

    Trying to be a little frugal about your fashion staples? Sites like Etsy and Pinterest cater to individuals who would rather not buy what everyone else can easily find at malls. There are also plenty of tutorials to make your sneakers stand out.

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      We have been dubbed the “DIY Gen Y” since we are more satisfied with our purchases when we’re given the freedom to choose what to include and what to omit. “Full” or pre-made packages don’t appeal to us.

      DIY and customization isn’t just limited to artsy projects. For those who are planning on starting up their own business, one way of personalizing comes in the form of creating your own logo. How else are you going to promote yourself and your passion?

      Now we can positively set ourselves apart from everyone else without feeling the need to scream “That’s mine!”

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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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