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5 Websites to Share with Your Kids at Christmas Time

5 Websites to Share with Your Kids at Christmas Time

It’s 2012, and all the world’s major brands, celebrities and public figures have found a home online. Even jolly old Santa Claus has been bitten by the web bug and joined the digital revolution.

Santa 2.0 maybe?

Quite possibly. From posting your letters to Santa, keeping tabs on him on the night of The Big Delivery or simply finding fun activities to do offline, here are five great Christmas websites to share with your kids this Christmas:

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1) NORAD Tracks Santa

The original is often still the best: The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) turn their attention from defending North America from air attacks and keeping tabs on man-made objects in space to do something much more important—following Santa Claus around the globe on Christmas Eve.

It’s a fun site to share with your kids the night before Christmas; even more so if they need a little convincing that Santa Claus is coming to town and they’d better be in bed before he gets there!

http://www.noradsanta.org

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2) North Pole.com

Take a virtual trip around the magical land of the North Pole, where you can pick up some yummy Christmas recipes from Mrs. Claus, send letters to Santa, check in with the elves and reindeer, create personalised Christmas stories, and more. Highly recommended is the Disco Dancing Santa—I don’t care if you’re five years old or fifty, only a complete Scrooge won’t find this entertaining!

http://www.northpole.com/

3) The North Pole Times

On your way out of the North Pole, be sure to pick up your copy of The North Pole Times; a fun website with lots of stories that kids and adults alike will surely enjoy. Join Elvin, Waldo, Timbo and the rest of the North Pole News Team as they bringing you the latest breaking news, the hottest gossip and more from Santa’s hometown.

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http://www.northpoletimes.com

4) Santa Claus on Twitter

“The only real Santa Claus on Twitter”, according to his profile: the big man himself in 140 characters or less. Get updates from Saint Nick as he prepares for Christmas Eve, takes his reindeer out for test flights and scarfs down some of Mrs. Claus’ yummy mince pies.

There are a lot of Santas on Twitter, but this guy is surely one of the best and most entertaining.

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@Santa__Claus

5) Santa Games

And finally, what’s Christmas without fun and games? Take a tour around Santa’s home and office, enjoying free online games as you go. If you’d rather get the young ones away from the computer, there are offline games to play, plenty of ideas and instructions for making Christmas crafts, and more.

www.santagames.net

Do you have your own suggestions for great Christmas-themed websites to share with the kids? Let’s hear them in the comments below.

Featured photo credit:  Gift button on keyboard with soft focus via Shutterstock

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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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