December has arrived and, chances are, you’re already deep into holiday shopping (or about to be) for those special someones in your life.According to Fortune.com, Christmas sales are expected to be strong this year, rising 3.6% to $655.8 billion, with online business rising as much as 10%. That’s good news for retailers of all shapes and sizes, as was the fact that more than 75% of US consumers spent the same or more on Black Friday and the following weekend this year than they did in 2015.That said, historically, some 20% of consumers only begin their Holiday shopping in December, while many others are far from done as the last month of the year debuts.Where do you fall on this holiday shopping timeline?For
No matter what our circumstance, we can all find something for which we can be thankful— any time of the year, but especially now, during the holidays.
- We live in arguably the greatest country in the history of the world, warts and all.
- We enjoy more freedoms and personal choice in our daily lives than practically any other place on Earth.
- We live at a time when technology is making life easier than ever.
- Medicine is extending lifespans and enhancing our quality of life in later years.
- From the office to the home front, people are more mobile and more connected than ever before, which means we get to work with and visit friends and family more frequently and conveniently than ever before.
TV show who would you be . . . and why?2. Who is your hero—from real life or fiction—and why? How are you like him or her in everyday life?3. If you were marooned on a desert island and couldWhat do you talk about around the holidays? Do you talk about taboo topics such as religion and politics that’ll get you into trouble, or tried and true subject matter such as the weather and the score of the football game? Ho-hum.This holiday season, consider these 10 table talk topics to get the conversation started and focused on thoughtful subjects designed to steer clear of pitfalls and social taboos:1. If you were a character in your favorite
Even if you’re not going “over the river and through the wood to grandmother's house” this holiday season, chances are you’re going somewhere—off on a tropical vacation, to your parents place back east (or north or south or west) for a holiday gathering, or to the next city or state over to meet up with friends and family for some holiday cheer or shopping. And chances are you’re not sweating packing up your clothes and shoes and toiletries or other sundries for your trip, whether it’s just an overnight jaunt or something longer, or even gifts and other goodies for those you’re visiting. You’ve no doubt got a suitcase or two for all of that, and it’s something you’ve done time and time again.But modern life is full of all sorts of untested
Unbelievably, summer is long over and we’re already nearing the end of October, which means the fall and winter holidays are fast approaching. While we can certainly debate whether it’s actually “the most wonderful time of the year,” I think we can all agree it’s one of the busiest times of the year.When you factor in shorter days, additional social commitments, increased spending on treats, food, drink, and gifts, plus the complexities of relationships together with our regular work and personal routines, it can all get to be a bit much.First up, of course, is Halloween. Typically a holiday for the young ones who go in search of candy and other goodies door-to-door, it’s become more popular with adults in recent years, and it’s now one of the USA’s most celebrated and commercialized holidays. Moms, Dads, and other adults of all ages aren’t content to stay at home
Available now, Mobile Edge’s new Professional Rolling Laptop Case promises to become the “go-to” case for travelers and corporate road warriors, ideal for daily commutes or overnight trips for people on-the-go.“We wanted to offer a way for our customers to transport their digital devices, files, and accessories while giving their backs and shoulders a rest,” explains Mobile Edge President and CEO G. David Cartwright. “We wanted something stylish and highly functional, and that was built to the exacting standards our customers expect.”The Professional Roller features an adjustable compartment to fit laptops from 13" to 17.3", a five-stage telescoping handle, free-rolling in-line skate wheels for stability, and ample dedicated storage to fit files, pens, phones, tablets, business cards, keys, cables, and even a change of clothes
Travelling for work—whether you’re employed by someone else or work for yourself—can be both exciting and stressful. The excitement comes from getting to see and experience new places. The stress comes from being on the road and away from family, friends, and home on a regular basis.Finding ways to reduce that stress are critical for a road warrior’s enjoyment of his or her life on the go . . . and here are 12 life hacks designed to do just that:1. Due diligence of the hotel/area you’re visiting. One of the first orders of business is to do due diligence of the area you’ll be visiting. This includes everything from where you’ll be meeting clients or
So you’re headed on a business trip in a few days. Whether it’s a one-day car ride halfway across the state, or a three-day junket cross-country by plane, you’re probably giving some thought right now to getting your mobile office organized.What should you bring? What’s a must have versus a nice to have (after all, there’s only so much you can squeeze into your business briefcase)? What can’t you do without, and what can you leave behind?If you’re a mobile office veteran, chances are you’ve become quite good at knowing what to bring based on where you’re going and who you’re meeting with. Then again, reminders never hurt. Here’s my Top Ten list of “Mobile Office Musts”—those things you absolutely, positively, don’t want to be without:1. Your laptop or
A trip to the airport has never been on my top ten list of favorite things to do. Sure, you’re probably off to some exotic location or family-friendly venue for vacation, or you’re heading out to make the business deal of a lifetime—all good things. But getting to and through the airport with your sanity and your baggage intact can often times be quite a chore.Here are a few tips for both travel veterans and newbies alike:1. Give yourself plenty of time. The days of rushing the gate with 15 minutes to spare before boarding your flight are gone. Increased security, screening checkpoints, and the mere “process” of checking bags, getting boarding passes, and moving through an airport require extra time. How much is enough? Most
get away overnight or for the weekend. This is a great way to put an extra charge into your mental batteries before a return to school or work. Go with a friend, spouse, or partner. Or if you prefer travelling solo, go it alone. AndIt may be called “Labor Day,” a day to celebrate American workers and their achievements, but for many the holiday has come to be tantamount to summer’s last hurrah—one last break before regular work and school schedules resume.What are you doing this year to celebrate Labor Day?Here are a half-dozen ways to make the most out of summer’s last official holiday without busting your budget or wasting precious time:1. Take a quick trip to