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Best Ways To Spend Your Thanksgiving Weekend This Year

Best Ways To Spend Your Thanksgiving Weekend This Year

The time for Thanksgiving is fast approaching. The holiday season is busy in the US, with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all just a month from each other. Often Thanksgiving is sandwiched in the middle and doesn’t get fully appreciated. Let’s face it, the stores start playing Christmas music on November 1st these days. This year, let’s explore the best ways to spend your Thanksgiving weekend.

Thanksgiving weekend is generally a family-oriented time, filled with good food, a big dinner, some football, and catching up. Why not shake up your traditional Thanksgiving weekend plans with something new this year? Here are some ideas for great activities you can do with your family this Thanksgiving weekend.

Day of Thanksgiving

Get up early and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on the TV in your PJs.

Skype members of your family who weren’t able to be with you. Watch the parade together, or chat while you enjoy your pumpkin pie.

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Explore holiday favorites of your ancestors. A lot of my background is Norwegian and we often have lefse (yum) and lutefisk (yuck) when we gather for Thanksgiving. What did your ancestors enjoy?

Kick off your holiday giving before the stores open with an ornament exchange. Once you start this tradition, folks can spend all year finding creative and fun ornaments to exchange.

Start a New Tradition With a Holiday Video

Ask each family member to shoot a family holiday video before they arrive or during the day. Watch all of the videos after the meal and give a prize, or an extra piece of pie, for the most creative, thankful and humorous offerings.

Choose Someone Who Deserves Your Thanks

Have each person at the Thanksgiving dinner choose one person from outside the family that they are thankful for. Post-meal, make a treat or gifts as well as handwritten notes about why that person was chosen. Each family member will then deliver the gift and note to the person they are most thankful for during the next week.

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Post-Thanksgiving Weekend

Cross an Item Off Your Bucket List

For most of us, Thanksgiving weekend is a four-day holiday. This is a great time to get out your bucket list and show yourself some thanks by completing one of the items on your list.

Some ideas to consider are:

  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Sleigh ride
  • Weekend away you’ve been meaning to take
  • Buy the person behind you coffee
  • Watch a sunset
  • Unplug for 48 hours (straight)
  • Learn to make homemade pasta

Make christmas gifts

Instead of going shopping the day after Thanksgiving why don’t you make some holiday gifts yourself? Cookies or fudge can be made ahead of time. Your best brownie mix in a jar or homemade cards are also great ways to show appreciation to those you love.

Donate your time at a local animal shelter, homeless shelter, or some other way. The best way to give thanks is to help others who aren’t as fortunate as you.

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Take a break from all the food with an outdoor activity. Many cities have events for charity runs and moonlight bike rides. Or simply go for a hike.

Have a football tournament…online. Play via your Xbox, Wii, or PlayStation with others online.

If you’ve got snow, make a snow gamily. Make at least three different snow Ppeople of different sizes.

Do a museum tour, be a tourist in your own city.

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Have a game night. A great way to spend time with your friends and family is over games. Bring out your classic board games or even an interactive game console to play games. Scrabble, Monopoly, Dance Central, or Wipeout are all great options.

Host a Thanksgiving Brunch for Friends

Thanksgiving is often focused on the family, but we’ve all got great friends we are thankful for, too. Have a Thanksgiving brunch for friends on Saturday or Sunday.

Which of these ideas will you try this year?

Featured photo credit: Party At Home: Dancing Cranberries/VIKTOR HANACEK via picjumbo.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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