The procrastinator's guide to a hassle-free holiday season
(NC) If you're determined to enjoy the festivities this year instead of stressing out, consider a little coaching for men and women alike.
A 2013 study conducted by Piers Steel, a human resources professor at the University of Calgary, found that roughly 54 out of 100 chronic procrastinators are men. This means that while men often deal with a gender stereotype when it comes to procrastination, it is both men and women who put things off, even though they could get them done immediately. This often rings true around the holidays when it's not always easy to find the perfect gift.
“Online shopping has become one of the easiest ways to beat holiday procrastination,” says Jim Bena, vice-president of marketing at UPS Canada. “Not only does it allow you to purchase gifts from the comfort of your own home, but the total time investment required for product research is often much less than with in-store shopping.”
If you find yourself procrastinating heading into the holidays, UPS recommends these five tips to make this year hassle-free:
Plan ahead – Set dates aside for shopping and leave yourself enough time to wrap, package and ship to your loved ones.
Virtual shopping – It's now possible to finish your shopping without setting foot in a mall. A recent comScore survey found that 83 per cent of Canadians are satisfied with online shopping.
Pack it right and pack it tight – Shipping across the world? No problem. Remember to use styrofoam peanuts and bubble cushioning to protect fragile gifts.
Ask for help – If you're in a time crunch, visit The UPS Store to ensure your gift is packaged correctly and arrives on time. “Our service delivers packages right up until Christmas Eve,” says Bena.
Track your progress – Receive peace of mind by tracking your gifts as they travel across the globe and arrive at their destination.
You could always get your shopping done well ahead of time. But, if you find you have procrastinated, extra help is available at www.ups.com to get your packages on their way quickly and easily.
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