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5 Great Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

5 Great Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas


    With Father’s Day fast approaching, I know you’ve got your gift all set for dear ol’ Dad…right?

    Right?

    As a father myself, I know we can be tough to shop for. Gone are the days where a necktie would do the trick. With the advent of better and better technology — and more affordable technology at that — fathers of the 21st century have more toys that they’d like to have in their toybox than ever before.

    But we’re not all about play. We’ve got work to do as well. But if we can have fun using the tools that we have in our toolbelt, then isn’t that the best option?

    In the unlikely case that you’ve yet to pick something up for him, I’ve put together a list of 5 great last minute Father’s Day gift ideas that will suit foodie fathers, geek dads and for those who simply enjoy a good cup of coffee in the morning.

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    Let’s get started…

    1. LiveScribe Pen

    The LiveScribe has been around for some time, but it is still an extremely popular device for people who like to use paper for notetaking and yet still arm themselves with some tech as they do so. Some consider it to be too bulky, but the folks at LiveScribe have improved the design over the years, and the technology the pen employs is simply amazing.

      For those who have fathers who are trying to bridge the gap between analog and digital, the wide range of LiveScribe pens are a perfect gift.

      2. Jawbone JAMBOX

      I recently picked up one of these and absolutely love it. I’ve been looking for a portable speaker that sounds great and I can use while I’m cooking in the kitchen and listening to podcasts while I prep meals for the family. The JAMBOX by Jawbone fits the bill – and pairs up with smartphones, laptops, tablets and more.

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        You can also use it as a wired speaker, and it sounds amazing for such a small unit. A great buy for the fathers who like to take their music wherever they go.

        3. AeroPress

        If you’re on a bit of a limited budget and your dear old Dad is a coffee lover, then the AeroPress is an ideal choice. It makes an absolutely perfect cup of strong coffee, and won’t break your bank in the process.

          It’s been widely praised by coffee-loving bloggers across the web, and for good reason: it makes a great cup of coffee. It’d be the perfect way to wake up your father on Father’s Day – with a fresh cup of coffee from his brand new AeroPress!

          4. Cosmonaut Stylus

          If your father has an iPad and has been yearning for a stylus, then the Cosmonaut is a great choice. I’ve been using it for some time on my 1st generation iPad, and it works like a charm. My kids even get a kick out of using it on the Paper app, and I’ve used for signing off on PDFs and note taking.

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            Made by the team at Studio Neat, it is an inexpensive add-on for the iPad, and a great gift idea for fathers – both of the geeky and non-geeky sort.

            5. Excalibur 5-Tray Dehydrator

            As a stay-at-home parent, making sure I can offer my kids some healthy snacks is important. The Excalibur 5-Tray Dehydrator is a dream to use, allowing me to dehydrate mangoes, pears, apples, tomatoes and pineapples all in one go. It comes with a great instruction book that offers up recipes and drying times for fruits, vegetables, meats and more.

              I haven’t had the chance to make any jerky yet, but it does a stellar job with fruits, veggies and herbs. Just turn it on and go. As a busy parent (who also happens to write, edit and more), automation is key. Automation that promotes healthy eating habits – even better. If your father spends plenty of time in the kitchen (and also likes drying up foods for camping excursions), then the Excalibur 5-Tray Dehydrator is a great addition to his appliance arsenal. (Editor’s note: I did receive the Excalibur Dehydrator in order to review it.)

              And for good measure, here’s a bonus idea…

              6. Any of Our Lifehack Deals

              Lifehack offers a variety of deals at our Lifehack Deals page…so if your father is into software anc tech gear, then check out what we have to offer right now. You might just find the perfect gift for him!

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              Still stuck for ideas? Well, there’s a service called MyRegistry.com that you can sign up for and use for situations like this – it’s not just limited to Father’s Day. And this service has just announced a new enhancement to the site for Pinterest users. Essentially, users now have the opportunity to create seamless integration between a MyRegistry.com account and his or her Pinterest boards. This new feature on MyRegistry.com enables Pinterest virtual pin boards to evolve into real and “shippable” gift registries.

                Considering the popularity and visual appeal of Pinterest, this can keep you from getting stuck for gift ideas going forward.

                So…what are you getting your father for Father’s Day? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.

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                  How to Stay Motivated and Reach Your Big Goals in Life

                  How to Stay Motivated and Reach Your Big Goals in Life

                  It is hardly a secret that the key to successfully accomplishing one goal after another is staying motivated. There are, of course, tasks which successful people may not like at all, yet they find motivation to complete them because they recognize how each particular task serves a greater goal.

                  So how to stay motivated most of the time? Here are 5 simple yet effective ways on how to stay motivated and get what you want:

                  1. Find Your Good Reasons

                  Anything you do, no matter how simple, has a number of good reasons behind it.

                  You may not be able to find good reasons to do some tasks at first but, if you take just a few moments to analyze them, you will easily spot something good. We also have many tasks which don’t need any reasoning at all – we’ve been doing them for so long that they feel natural.

                  If you’re ever stuck with some tasks you hate and there seems to be no motivation to complete it whatsoever, here’s what you need to do: find your good reasons.

                  Even when you set goals, there needs to be reasons behind these goals. They may not be obvious, but stay at it until you see some, as this will bring your motivation back and will help you finish the task.

                  Some ideas for what a good reason can be:

                  • A material reward – quite often, you will get paid for doing something you normally don’t like doing at all.
                  • Personal gain – you will learn something new or will perhaps improve yourself in a certain way.
                  • A feeling of accomplishment – at least you’ll be able to walk away feeling great about finding the motivation and courage to complete such a tedious task.
                  • A step closer to your bigger goal – even the biggest accomplishments in history have started small and relied on simple and far less pleasant tasks than you might be working on. Every task you complete brings you closer to the ultimate goal, and acknowledging this always feels good.

                  2. Make It Fun

                  When it comes to motivation, attitude is everything. Different people may have completely opposite feelings towards the same task: some will hate it, others will love it.

                  Why do you think this happens? It’s simple: some of us find ways to make any task interesting and fun to do!

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                  Take sports for example. Visiting your local gym daily for a half-an-hour workout session sounds rather boring to some. Yet many others love the idea!

                  They like exercising not only because they recognize the good reasons behind it, but simply because it’s fun! At certain time of their daily schedule, they find going to gym to be the best thing to do, simply because nothing else will fit their time and lifestyle so perfectly.

                  Depending on how you look at it, you can have fun doing just about anything! Just look for ways of having fun, and you’ll find them!

                  A simple approach is to start working on any task by asking yourself a few questions:

                  • How can I enjoy this task?
                  • What can I do to make this task fun for myself and possibly for others?
                  • How can I make this work the best part of my day?

                  As long as you learn to have the definite expectation of any task being potentially enjoyable, you will start to feel motivated.

                  Some of you will probably think of a thing or two which are valid exceptions from this statement, like something you always hate doing no matter how hard you try making it fun. You’re probably right, and that’s why I don’t claim everything to be fun.

                  However, most tasks have a great potential of being enjoyable, and so looking for ways to have fun while working is definitely a good habit to acquire.

                  3. Change Your Approach And Don’t Give Up

                  When something doesn’t feel right, it’s always a good time to take a moment and look for a different approach for the task.

                  You may be doing everything correctly and most efficiently, but such approach isn’t necessarily the most motivating one. Quite often, you can find a number of obvious tweaks to your current approach which will both change your experience and open up new possibilities.

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                  That’s why saying “one way or another” is so common — if you really want to accomplish your goal, there is always a way; and most likely, there’s more than one way.

                  If a certain approach doesn’t work for you, find another one, and keep trying until you find the one which will both keep you motivated and get you the desired results.

                  Some people think that trying a different approach means giving up. They take pride in being really stubborn and refusing to try any other options on their way towards the goal.

                  My opinion on this is that the power of focus is great, but you should be focusing on your goal, and not limiting your options by focusing on just one way to accomplish it it.

                  4. Recognize Your Progress

                  Everything you may be working on can be easily split into smaller parts and stages. For most goals, it is quite natural to split the process of accomplishing them into smaller tasks and milestones. There are a few reasons behind doing this, and one of them is tracking your progress.

                  We track our progress automatically with most activities. But to stay motivated, you need to recognize your progress, not merely track it.

                  Here’s how tracking and recognizing your progress is different:

                  Tracking is merely taking a note of having reached a certain stage in your process. Recognizing is taking time to look at a bigger picture and realize where exactly you are, and how much more you have left to do.

                  For example, if you’re going to read a book, always start by going through the contents table. Getting familiar with chapter titles and memorizing their total number will make it easier for you to recognize your progress as you read. Confirming how many pages your book has before starting it is also a good idea.

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                  You see, reading any book you will be automatically looking at page numbers and chapter titles, but without knowing the total number of pages, this information will have little meaning.

                  Somehow, it is human nature to always want things to happen in short term or even at once. Even though we split complex tasks into simpler actions, we don’t quite feel the satisfaction until all is done and the task is fully complete.

                  For many scenarios though, the task is so vast that such approach will drain all the motivation out of you long before you have a chance to reach your goal. That’s why it is important to always take small steps and recognize the positive different and progress made. This is how your motivation can sustain in long term.

                  5. Reward Yourself

                  This is a trick everyone likes: rewarding yourself is always pleasant. This is also one of the easiest and at the same time most powerful ways to stay motivated!

                  Feeling down about doing something? Dread the idea of working on some task? Hate the whole idea of working? You’re not alone.

                  Right from the beginning, agree on some deliverables which will justify yourself getting rewarded. As soon as you get one of the agreed results, take time to reward yourself in some way.

                  For some tasks, just taking a break and relaxing for a few minutes will do.

                  For others, you may want to get a fresh cup of coffee and even treat yourself a dessert.

                  For even bigger and more demanding tasks, reward yourself by doing something even more enjoyable, like going to a cinema or taking a trip to some place nice, or even buying yourself something.

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                  Your progress may not seem to others like anything worth celebrating but, take time and do it anyway! It is your task and your reward, so any ways to stay motivated are good.

                  The more you reward yourself for the honestly made progress, the more motivated you will feel about reaching new milestones, thus finally accomplishing your goal.

                  Mix and Match

                  Now that you have these five ways of staying motivated, it is a good moment to give you the key to them all: mix and match!

                  Pick one of the techniques and apply it to your situation. If it doesn’t work, or if you simply want to get more motivated, try another technique right way. Mix different approaches and match them to your task for the best results.

                  Just think about it: Finding good reasons to work on your task is bound to helping you feel better; and identifying ways to make it fun will help you enjoy the task even more.

                  Or, if you plan a few points for easier tracking of your progress and on top of that, agree on rewarding yourself as you go; this will make you feel most motivated about anything you have to work through.

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