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3 Key Things to Note if You Are Planning to Host a Super bowl Party

3 Key Things to Note if You Are Planning to Host a Super bowl Party

A Super Bowl party – nothing out of the ordinary, right? It’ll be just you and a bunch of your friends watching the Super Bowl on TiVo or streaming live on the big screen. There’ll be food, laughs, and in-house commentary – pretty harmless.

But what if your “perfect Super Bowl party” metamorphoses into something chaotic? The Super Bowl is one of the most watched events on television, with 11.2 million viewers for the 2016 SuperBowl 50. Every year millions of people gather to watch American football at its best.

In 2016, America witnessed the Denver Broncos’ victory over the Panthers at Levi Stadium Santa Clara, California, making it their third win and eighth appearance in the Super Bowl. As the world eagerly waits for this year’s Super Bowl on February 5, 2017, predictions about who’ll be the next champions are already in circulation. There seems to be a bright light ahead for the Packers in the upcoming Super Bowl with their 31-14 win in December. But all we can do is wait and see.

Since there are just a few days until the SuperBowl, it’s a good time to start making plans for a Super Bowl party. Watching the match on your own is cool, but there’s nothing as exciting and entertaining as enjoying the game with others.

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But take note, not everything turns out according to plan. To give you a heads up, here are 3 points you must look into if you’re planning to host a Super Bowl party.

1. Should I Supply The Booze?

That’s a big question in Super Bowl parties. Super Bowl parties are usually informal, laid back, and loads of fun. But would having a 6-pack hurt? Or how about something stronger?

There’s no problem with having some drinks available for everyone at the party. It’ll help lighten the mood. The problem is when you bring in drinks that are high in alcohol. If you’re thinking of putting Vodka, Scotch, or Tequila on the table, you need to be extremely cautious.

You can’t tell how many glasses your guests may drink, especially when the match doesn’t turn out as expected.You can’t entirely overrule the possibility of having a drunk in your midst either. That can ruin the whole party.

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Game Plan #1

Keep the booze in moderation. Start off with a 6-pack and make sure you keep an eye on all your guests. If you see someone getting tipsy, then you need to stop serving them drinks. As for the Vodka, Scotch, or Tequila, maybe you should save them for after the match to celebrate a win.

2. The Girl (Or Guy) Who Doesn’t Have A Clue About Football

You should watch out for those who don’t know anything about football in the next Super Bowl. Of course, it’s good to have more people at the party, but the main aim of having a Super Bowl party is to watch and enjoy the Super Bowl.

For those who don’t have an idea of the way football is played, they might not enjoy the vibe, and their constant questions about the rules and what the players are doing can make a game go sour for those that do. For some, watching American football is serious business.

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Game Plan #2

Invite only friends who love football as much as you do. If they want to ask someone to join the party, make sure that your friend knows the whole purpose of the Super Bowl party. For those that don’t like or know much about football, you should come up with a “party within the party” of their own so that everyone is happy, and no one feels unwelcome.

3. When The Match Turns Into A Disaster

You can never predict the outcome of the game no matter how long you study the match, or know the strengths of the players or their track records. This can take a serious toll on your guests, especially when you and all (or most of your guests) support the same team.

A bad game can lead to arguments, shouting, or give a reason for everyone to drink away the disappointment. Sometimes people can get violent. That’s why you need to make sure you’re in control of the party when things get out of hand.

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Game Plan #3

Have a Plan B when the match goes sour. Choose a beautiful movie from Netflix to take everyone’s mind off the bad match. That will help lighten the mood.

Some practical advice right? Now let’s go party!

Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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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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