Every year around this time, we face this huge thing—buying gifts for those special people on our Holiday shopping list. I hear so many people ask, “Have you done your Christmas shopping yet?”
The answers are legion and most too dismal to recall here. The long and short of it is that most people HATE, and I mean HATE the process of shopping. We love to give gifts, if we’re still human at all. And we enjoy receiving them, unless we’re sociopaths (like Scrooge) or liars. But that shopping mall, with its crowds of rude and harried people. That line with noisy kids and grumpy clerks who’ve had enough of the noisy kids. What’s worse is that we have to pick up one thing here and another there. Then two days later, we have to repeat the process, sometimes in the same stores. A week later, we pick up something more.
Some people start buying in July. Then find their Christmas treasure and take it home and hide it from the recipients (and usually from themselves) and they repeat this over the months leading up to Christmas, so that they can calmly, proudly answer, “Oh, all my Christmas shopping was complete in September.” Don’t you hate that smug smile on their face?
Others, wait until the very last days before Christmas. That way they can tell people, “I wanted to get you _________, but they were all out of them. Can you believe it?” They secretly were not going to get anyone anything, but at the last minute their conscience kicked into gear and they flew about like a mad person. That person is the one of the main reasons why we hate last minute shopping.
Well . . . I have a friend who converted me to “THE DAY OF ONE MISSION.”
He has forever solved the Christmas shopping dilemma for me. I used to be one of the crowd. I tried all kinds of strategies. But Ken sealed my shopping future by his shopping strategy, his tactical plan—ONE MISSION.
I’ll share this tomorrow. In the meantime, phase one:
- save some money
- buy a walkman CD player or use your iPod or personal organizer
More on this later. I’ve got to run. I have an appointment with Ken.