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Interior Design 2016: Find About Fresh New Trends

Interior Design 2016: Find About Fresh New Trends

In order to stay in a good mood and to be productive, we need to change our environment from time to time. If you haven’t changed your home style in a while, this could be the best time to do it, because the latest trends of 2016 are simply to die for. The combination of different styles, mixture of materials and cozy rooms are a new trend, so let’s see the must-haves for every room in your house.

1. Kitchen: it’s all about workhorse islands.

At one point it was popular to have bars in the kitchen, and almost every home had one. However, new bars are workhorse islands. They require a spacious kitchen, or one that is a bit bigger, so it isn’t an obstacle to move around your kitchen and cook. As they are supposed to make cooking easier by providing enough space to prepare ingredients, they are a necessity for big families.

The mixture of raw materials, tiles of warm colors and wooden French country workhorse islands with concrete counter tops will make you spend the whole day just sitting in your kitchen. Ditch boring grey colors, especially if your kitchen is open to the dining room. You want to make people feel comfortable, and not like they are in an office.

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2. Dining room: formal dining rooms are in again.

Dining rooms are usually used for weekend lunches and dinners, holidays and reunions. As we lead busy lives and rarely have time to eat with our family during work days, weekends are time to bond and find out what’s been happening during the week.

So, create the dining room that will reflect your family’s taste, but give it a formal touch, as you want to provide your family with the best atmosphere during holidays. Moreover, if you are hosting formal cocktail parties, then make sure people don’t feel overdressed at your home.

Formal dining rooms are thankfully again in, so don’t turn your dining room into an office, as it was a trend until recently. Just add some vintage chairs and table, and don’t forget to let some light in your dining room.

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3. Living room: tech-free and cozy

Living rooms are the place where you can spend some quality time with your family and friends. However, with different tech trends came PS4, Xbox One, huge TVs, sound systems and other things that only isolate you from the people you love.

It’s perfect to watch some film on a quality TV screen with your friends or family, or play a multiplayer game on PS4 or Xbox One, but as they are pretty addictive, we forget to talk to each other even when we are in the room together. Because of that, the new trend of tech free and cozy living rooms, where we can unplug and kick back, is something we have all been waiting for.

Rest after a busy day spent in front of your computer, and enjoy your silent and comfy living room. After some time spent in a tech-free living room, you’ll notice how you actually bond with your family, so don’t forget to stop scrolling your news feed and leave your phone alone in this new living room.

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4. Bedroom: headboards

When we were teenagers, we wanted to have trendy and colorful headboards, and they were usually full of different pictures and quotes. But, they are trendy again, and any style can be upgraded with this simple addition.

If you like simple bedrooms, without many items and colors, headboard can make your bedroom cozier and more comfortable. Let’s say, for example your bedroom is white with some wooden wardrobe and some flowers. If you add wooden headboard, it will take the style of your bedroom to a whole new level.

If you are creative and want to save some money, there are many DIY headboard ideas to choose from. Look for different headboards, and find the right one for you or just search for an idea, so you could make it by yourself.

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5. Bathroom: statement mirror

No more boring bathrooms and no more medicine cabinets that take up too much space. We are all happy to know that statement mirrors are a new trend, as this means a variety of mirrors in different styles, shapes and colors. If you like wooden materials, then make sure you take a look at wood-framed statement mirrors.

On the other hand, if you would like to add some vintage touch to your bathroom, then look for vintage statement mirrors with ornate gems. There are many beauties, which will make your bathroom look stylish and beautiful. Just remember that the bathroom should be a place of relaxation, where all of your worries disappear, so don’t use anything with aggressive colors.

These great interior design trends of 2016 have brought back items and styles that promise to bring us closer with our family and allow us to relax. Owing to the great comeback of formal dining rooms and cozy furniture, we are provided with a lot of different items to choose from and different ideas to upgrade our homes. I hope you have a great time coming up with remodeling ideas based n these guidelines.

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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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