Optimizing Yourself – Week 17 – Setting Constraints as Big as Dr. Seuss

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Working With Constraints

Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) was the master of setting constraints. He once made a bet with a publisher at Random House that he could write a book using 50 words or less.

His power to set limits paid off when Green Eggs and Ham sold more than 200 million copies and was Seuss’s best- selling book

Cat in The Hat was written using only a first grade vocabulary

Limitations inspire creativity by making you find a way to make it work, and setting a schedule helps you get things done whether you feel like it or not, and adds to your productivity.

Everybody has a limited set of tools to work with, but you can work with your tools to maximize what you have.

For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I am going to challenge myself to set constraints and make myself work within limits, and find a creative way to make it work. I will let you know how it goes next week.

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Changing from Thinking Small to Thinking Big with My Career – Week one – 52 Weeks to Optimizing Yourself

Thinking Big with my career

Thinking Big with my career

For ‘52 Weeks to Optimizing Yourself’ in 2014, I am going to think big when working on my weekly goals to improve my life in the areas of: personal, financial, career, fun, relationships, intellectual, physical, mental, spiritual and health.

We have a natural desire to expand our lives and attract more good into them, and the higher we aim, the more good we will attract.

For Week One of optimizing yourself, I am going to expand my thinking and think big with my career. My three sons are getting older, and my youngest son will be finishing high school this year, which gives me more time to lunge into my career goals in a big way, so I am gathering the tools I need to help me do so.

I received a book on success in business as a gift last month, which I am going to read this week, and learn ways to think big with upgrading my website, blog and writing, and improve my online social media presence, and also learn tips on marketing, negotiating and presentation.

I will let you know how thinking big about my career goes next week.

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Favorite Practical Christmas Gifts

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Practical Christmas gifts are useful


This year I am simplifying my Christmas gift shopping list and buying PRACTICAL gifts. These are the tools that the people on my list will use every day to help them feel or look better, be safe, comfortable, happier, healthier, inspired, warmer, cleaner, well groomed, organized, dryer, relaxed, entertained, and developed. This is an all-ages list of Christmas gifts that are helpful, safe, fun and healthy.

On-line surveys show that when people were asked what some of the favorite gifts they received were, they were practical items. They said at first they thought they were frankly, a little dull. When they first opened them, they thought they were a bit mundane, but, years later, they were still using the gift, and remembering the thoughtfulness of the giver.

Some gifts that Topped the list of favorite Practical Christmas Gifts were: vacuum cleaners, mini vacuum cleaners, frying pans, knife sets, cordless drills and Cuisinart machines. I can see why Canadian Tire is such a zoo before the holidays.

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Practical Christmas gifts get used for years


favorite practical Christmas gifts

My Dog Rocko received his favorite sweater for a Christmas gift


You can always sprinkle whimsical gifts in between the practical, such as a pair of eyelashes for your daughter’s car headlights, but do consider going practical. All these gifts can be purchased in a one stop, big box or department store, and you won’t be on a goose chase until Christmas Eve, sitting in traffic, waiting in multiple lines, or battling for a parking spot.
You can even stock up on some of these items, and place them in a gift closet so they are handy if you want to give a gift to the newspaper carrier, the letter carrier or school playground supervisor.

Favorite Practical Household or Family Gifts:

Clip-on Flashlight
Spice rack
Cookbook
Honey, or assorted jam basket
Tea basket – herbal teas, mugs, honey, spoons
Water filtration pitcher or water purifier
Air purifier
Grocery store gift card
Fancy Towels
Vacuum
Smoke detectors with batteries
Floor Fan
Dish cloths/ tea towels/ oven mitts

Favorite Practical Personal Gifts:

Movie passes
Magazines
Money Clip (With money)
Slippers
Bath robe
Re-usable Water bottle
Books- inspirational books (such as from Hay House Publishing)
Roadside Emergency Kit
New pillows
First Aid Kit
Comforter
Electric blanket
Hair dryer
Spa gift certificate
Comb and brush set
Manicure set
Umbrella
Classic Style Sunglasses
Steel comb – never needs replacing

While it may take a while for these timeless practical gifts to become favorite gifts, these are the gifts that keep on giving, and won’t end up being sold in your friend’s next garage sale.

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