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GiftGaff relaunches social gift registry in time for holiday sanity

GiftGaff relaunches social gift registry in time for holiday sanity

Why should we only use registries for weddings and baby showers? What about all the other holidays with presents flying ’round that always seem to end with Uncle Bobby getting 15 blue ties with little goldfish on them? GiftGaff has relaunched its holiday registry for everything from Christmas to made-up birthdays.

    GiftGaff is simple:

    Add the new Macbook Air to your “Wishful Techie” wishlist, snoop on Jordie’s wishlist to see what not to wear, then raise your hand to buy Rosa the book she placed on her wishlist without her finding out who the present is from ahead of time.

    No repeat presents. No stupid presents. No embarrassment because you didn’t even snoop on your relatives’ Facebook pages to see what they might like before going shopping. Just great gifts, organized.

    Launched in 1997, after founder Erica Coffin’s grandmother received 7 copies of the same best seller for Christmas, Giftgaff.com not only tracks who has purchased gifts for whom, preventing duplicate giving, but also keeps purchased gifts a secret from the recipient, preserving the surprise.

    You can also create multiple wishlists with different audiences, so in addition to their own holiday or birthday wishlist, moms can create Christmas and birthday lists for babies, or for any other occasion – weddings, retirement parties, or even office Secret Santas.

    A pun on the Scottish word giff-gaff meaning “mutual giving, receiving”, GiftGaff.com is the first gifting tool to encourage users to create their own private wishlist communities, so that only the friends and family you choose share your wishlist(s). Because you know and trust the source, family and friends can to suggest gifts for each other.

    Check out GiftGaff (it’s Free) and let us know if you like it as well!

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    Last Updated on May 12, 2020

    8 Steps to Continuous Self Motivation Even During the Difficult Times

    8 Steps to Continuous Self Motivation Even During the Difficult Times

    Many of us find ourselves in motivational slumps that we have to work to get out of. Sometimes it’s like a continuous cycle where we are motivated for a period of time, fall out and then have to build things back up again.

    There is nothing more powerful for self-motivation than the right attitude. You can’t choose or control your circumstance, but you can choose your attitude towards your circumstances.

    How I see this working is while you’re developing these mental steps, and utilizing them regularly, self-motivation will come naturally when you need it.

    The key, for me, is hitting the final step to Share With Others. It can be somewhat addictive and self-motivating when you help others who are having trouble.

    A good way to have self motivation continuously is to implement something like these 8 steps from Ian McKenzie.[1] I enjoyed Ian’s article but thought it could use some definition when it comes to trying to build a continuous drive of motivation. Here is a new list on how to self motivate:

    1. Start Simple

    Keep motivators around your work area – things that give you that initial spark to get going.

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    These motivators will be the Triggers that remind you to get going.

    2. Keep Good Company

    Make more regular encounters with positive and motivated people. This could be as simple as IM chats with peers or a quick discussion with a friend who likes sharing ideas.

    Positive and motivated people are very different from the negative ones. They will help you grow and see opportunities during tough times.

    Here’re more reasons why you should avoid negative people: 10 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Negative People

    3. Keep Learning

    Read and try to take in everything you can. The more you learn, the more confident you become in starting projects.

    You can train yourself to crave lifelong learning with these tips: How to Develop a Lifelong Learning Habit

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    4. See the Good in Bad

    When encountering obstacles or challenging goals, you want to be in the habit of finding what works to get over them.

    Here are 10 tips to make positive thinking easy.

    5. Stop Thinking

    Just do. If you find motivation for a particular project lacking, try getting started on something else. Something trivial even, then you’ll develop the momentum to begin the more important stuff.

    When you’re thinking and worrying about it too much, you’re just wasting time. These tried worry busting techniques can help you.

    6. Know Yourself

    Keep notes on when your motivation sucks and when you feel like a superstar. There will be a pattern that, once you are aware of, you can work around and develop.

    Read for yourself how the magic of marking down your mood works.

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    7. Track Your Progress

    Keep a tally or a progress bar for ongoing projects. When you see something growing, you will always want to nurture it.

    Take a look at these 4 simple ways to track your progress so you have motivation to achieve your goals.

    8. Help Others

    Share your ideas and help friends get motivated. Seeing others do well will motivate you to do the same. Write about your success and get feedback from readers.

    Helping others actually helps yourself, here’s why.

    What I would hope happens here is you will gradually develop certain skills that become motivational habits.

    Once you get to the stage where you are regularly helping others keep motivated – be it with a blog or talking with peers – you’ll find the cycle continuing where each facet of staying motivated is refined and developed.

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    Too Many Steps?

    If you could only take one step? Just do it!

    Once you get started on something, you’ll almost always just get into it and keep going. There will be times when you have to do things you really don’t want to: that’s where the other steps and tips from other writers come in handy.

    However, the most important thing, that I think is worth repeating, is to just get started.

    Get that momentum going and then when you need to, take Ian’s Step 7 and Take A Break. No one wants to work all the time!

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    Featured photo credit: Japheth Mast via unsplash.com

    Reference

    [1] Ian McKenzie: 8 mental steps to self-motivation

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