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10 Best Online Shopping Sites I Wish I Knew Earlier

10 Best Online Shopping Sites I Wish I Knew Earlier

Nowadays, it seems like a lot of items (e.g. books, electronics, and office supplies) are bought online more than they are in stores, mostly due to the convenience of it all. There is one department, however, where traditional shopping is still king: clothing. Indeed, when people want to go to the mall, they’re usually going for one reason, and that’s to check out the sales at all of those trendy designer stores.

So here’s a question for you: why don’t more folks buy their clothes through online shopping? Is it because they need to try them on before they buy anything? Or is it because they are unaware of some of the cool sites out there that offer an amazing selection of popular clothes? It’s probably a mix of both.

So let’s get down to business. What are a few of the hip-and-happening clothing websites out there that you’re probably currently unaware of, and what makes them unique? Read on to find out…

1. eShakti

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    If you are worried about finding clothes that fit well online, then eShakti is likely the shop for you. One of their cooler features is that they allow you to customize their garments so that they align with your exact measurements, all for a low flat rate of $7.50.

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    2. Shoptagr

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      Shoptagr comes equipped with a bunch of unique tools that can assist you in your quest to find the perfect outfit. For instance, it allows you to save the selections of over 600 designer stores and create your own personalized clothing collections using their chrome extension (which means you can access them on any of your smart electronic devices that are connected to the internet and buy them when the time is right).

      Creating a personalized collection through Shoptagr also has a functional purpose as well, because if any of the items you have listed there go on sale, you’ll promptly receive a notification from them (ensuring that you don’t overspend on that dress you’ve been eyeing for the past few months).

      3. Forever 21

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        If you thought that Forever 21 was just a store you could visit in your local mall, think again. It actually also has a great online component that allows young adults (their target demographic) to browse the latest trends. Best of all, they’re not overly expensive either. Also, since you have likely been to a Forever 21 in person, and tried on their clothes, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what will fit you when purchasing items online.

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        4. 10 Dollar Mall

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          Like the name suggests, this site offers all kinds of stylish clothes for under $10. You really can’t beat that!

          5. Deb

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            Deb’s claim to fame is that they offer an incredibly wide variety of sizes, giving both large and small folks the opportunity to have access to the latest clothing trends. If you can’t find it in stores, it’s likely they’ll have it here.

            6. Necessary Clothing

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              The goal of this site is to offer clothes that girls feel are “necessary,” so you’ll always find a broad, cheap selection of apparel here. Based on what I’ve seen, this is the site you go to if you want an outfit to wear for nights out.

              7. Plasticland

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                If you’re into all of the crazy styles offered at your mall’s Hot Topic, but don’t want to be seen hanging around a bunch of 15 to 25 year olds, then Plasticland is for you. Using their site, you’ll be able to order all kinds of eccentric clothes and shoes from the comfort of your own home.

                8. Choies

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                  Before you ask, no, I didn’t forget the “c.” That’s really the name of their site! What makes Choies unqiue is that they offer a bunch of offbeat novelty/artistic clothing that you can use to show off to all of your followers on social media. Great for those who like to stand out in a crowd.

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                  9. Romwe

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                    Romwe is sort of a mix of a traditional and offbeat clothing store. You can find a lot of trendy things there, as well as some more artsy selections. Their best feature however is that they offer free shipping worldwide for all purchases.

                    10. ASOS

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                      ASOS is cool because they offer contemporary and vintage styles for both men and women. But, perhaps best of all, is that they offer a special deal for college students. That’s right: if you’re currently attending college, all you need to do is sign up for the ASOS on Campus promotion and you’ll receive a 10% discount on all purchases. If you purchase a lot of clothes, that 10% can really add up over time!

                      So there you have it. Ten great sites that can jump start your journey into the world of shopping for clothes online. If you’ve got any sites that are your favorites, or have had good experiences purchasing your wardrobe online, let us know in the comments below!

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                      Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                      20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                      20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                      Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                      If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                      1. Create a Daily Plan

                      Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                      2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

                      Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                      3. Use a Calendar

                      Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                      I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

                      Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                      4. Use an Organizer

                      An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                      These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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                      5. Know Your Deadlines

                      When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                      But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                      6. Learn to Say “No”

                      Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                      Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                      7. Target to Be Early

                      When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                      For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                      Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                      8. Time Box Your Activities

                      This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                      You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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                      9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

                      Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                      10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

                      Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                      You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                      11. Focus

                      Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                      Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                      Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                      12. Block out Distractions

                      What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                      I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                      When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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                      Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                      13. Track Your Time Spent

                      When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

                      You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

                      14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

                      You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                      Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                      15. Prioritize

                      Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                      Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                      16. Delegate

                      If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                      When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                      17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                      For related work, batch them together.

                      For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                      1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                      2. coaching
                      3. workshop development
                      4. business development
                      5. administrative

                      I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                      18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                      What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                      One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                      While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                      19. Cut off When You Need To

                      The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                      Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                      20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

                      Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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