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Top 10 Unusual Places to Propose a Marriage

Top 10 Unusual Places to Propose a Marriage

Anyone can propose a marriage over dinner; however, choosing the perfect location is key. Sure, there are some places that are pretty obvious, but why not choose somewhere unusual? Not only will it make for a great vacation spot, but the thought that will be put into it will also show her how much she means to you.

1. Big Sur, California

This 90 miles of highway has inspired poets, storytellers, and song writers. Take your lady love on a road trip, and tell her how she inspires you—then pop the question. There are numerous spectacular lookout points to choose from, containing rocky cliffs and enormous mountains. Who could say no with views like these?

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2. Fiji

The beaches of Fiji have risen in fame for their sunsets and incomparable diving. Coined one of the most romantic getaway destinations, it is not only ideal for the perfect marriage proposal, it also doubles as a great destination for an uber-romantic wedding. Take your lady to one of the nearby tiny private islands and she will want to be yours forever.

3. Phnom Bakheng Temple, Cambodia

How many people can say that they began their journey to marriage at a temple that is over 1000 years old? To up the ante for proposal day, plan an elephant ride up the hill and give your lady a day full of firsts. She will see these gestures as the tone being set for the marriage and will give you her heart forever.

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4. At the Top of Any Mountain

Plan a hike to the top of one of her favorite mountains. The altitude will give you privacy, and there won’t be any distractions—other than the breathtaking scenery. It doesn’t have to be Mount Everest by any means. Choosing such an unusual place to propose will catch her so off-guard that she will only remember all the very best of the day.

5. Ponts des Arts, France

France might seem obvious. The Eiffel Tower would make your proposal cliché. Instead, go for the underdog, Pont des Arts Bridge. If your girl is a fan of Sex and the City, she will recognize the scenery and will be even more impressed. Pop the question here and get ready for a lifetime of bragging rights. Your lover will gush about it forever!

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6. Stairway to Heaven in Hawaii

These stairs are nestled among the mountains and ascend up and down, as if they assist in traveling to and from Heaven. The beauty of the surrounding area will blow your mind. While it is an obvious place to hike, it is an unusual place to propose. If you two can conquer this massive set of stairs together, there is no better way to reward yourself than to ask the love of your life to spend the rest of their days with you.

7. Las Vegas, Nevada

Known for being a destination to get married, Las Vegas can take you anywhere to get engaged. The cultural replicas will transport you to Venice, New York, Rome, Egypt, and Camelot. If she agrees to marriage and you’re the spontaneous type, you can get married that same day with no hassle. This will make for a unique story to tell all of your friends and family.

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8. Where You Had Your First Date

This is a simple option for those that still want to show how much they love their sweetie. While she will think that you are so amazing for remembering where you had your first date, she will gush over the great memories while you scheme to make a new unforgettable memory with your proposal.

9. Overlooking the Pitons in St. Lucia

The Pitons are impressive volcano peaks that rise almost 3,000 feet from the ocean. They are one of the most sensational natural sights in the Caribbean. Covered in forests, with a beautiful bay nestled between the two peaks, you can surprise your love with the proposal of her dreams over dinner with a magnificent view.

10. Bali

This captivating Indonesian island is a much sought after honeymoon spot. However, you should consider it as the place to serve as the backdrop for your proposal. The beachfront city of Nusa Dua provides optimal photographic opportunities that all of your Instagram followers will be jealous of. Stretches of white beaches are accompanied with monstrous cliffs. Turning this romantic getaway into a proposal will provide you and your sweetie a story that will never get old.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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