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Christmas gifts and everyday giveaways

It is last few days of the Christmas shopping season and I have a 9-year to shop for. Uniquely or not, my daughter does not consume massive quantities of advertising, her television is regulated and dosed-out primarily through videos from the library (no, not just geeky and educational stuff, she also gets the video versions of cartoons like "Tom and Jerry", but sans ads). Due to this lack of commercial media, Adrienna does not have a long list of Christmas "needs"  and has not barraged us with a gigantic Christmas list. BTW, she knows about Santa and "lists" but also knows there is no Santa Claus (sorry Mark). I asked her if she remembers believing in Santa Claus and her reply was that she remembers pretending to believe in Santa. Here is a gratuitous child picture.

So what's the point of this post? The hardest part of buying a good gift for Adrienna is that she gets what she needs (and wants) pretty much all the time (but her wants are restrained). This makes getting a useful/worthwhile gift for Christmas hard. She has asked for a computer of her own, but when asked doesn't really have a need; she uses the Mac Mini in the den when she needs it, both to play games and do schoolwork - right now that includes building her first powerpoint presentation (that is for school, not fun and games, duh!) So because she gets "gifts" all the time, there is a good chance that Christmas is relatively anti-climatic.

So again, what's the point? I'm just now getting to it - giving "special" things away everyday negates their impact. Generally in your work-life and projects specifically, if you are working every weekend, this becomes "regular" instead of special. Humans tend to appreciate regular events much less than special events. This is true with prejudice in the workplace. When the death march begins, those poor souls who have already worked every weekend are drafted just like everyone else. That's an important lesson for the individual, but there is also a lesson for managers: if your reports are working every weekend, don't expect to be able to squeeze out the extra push when you need it.

So my "gift" to all of us (me and you) is this admonition: Spend your project time well and reserve "your" time for yourself - motivate yourself to fill the designated work hours as full as you can and use the off-hours for recharging - so you can blast out of the gates again on Monday. Save your "gifts" and present them sparingly, for those "special" events. And since I am still a little stuck with my shopping, your ideas appreciated.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Enjoy the holiday season! Rest, recharge, recreate, and see you next year!

 

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