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10 Quick Ways to Give Yourself a Mini Makeover

10 Quick Ways to Give Yourself a Mini Makeover

Need to look your best for an unexpected photo op? Woke up with just few minutes to spare before you have to leave for work? Running late for a very important date? Don’t worry, just check out these tips for all sorts of mini makeovers you can do in a flash!

1. Hair

Two words: dry shampoo. If you wake up without time to shower or you just get stuck too long sweating in the summer humidity, dry shampoo will save the day. You can apply it on unwashed hair as it absorbs the oil right up. Plus, it comes in powder or spray forms that you can even carry in your bag or store at work for emergencies. Never fear, with dry shampoo, clean hair is here! Honestly, I can hardly believe civilization managed for so long without it.

2. Eyebrows

These days, eyebrows are all the rage.  Scientists have even shown that eyebrows are your most crucial feature for communicating – I guess it’s because they’re so expressive! Truth be told, if you don’t have time to do justice to your eyes, sometimes it’s better to skip over them entirely and just focus on brows. Thankfully, taking just 10 seconds to apply some brow wax or liner can give amazing brows that will make your eyes look great, too! I can’t deny how cute my sister looks with those.

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3. Lips

If you want to make a statement with your look in about three seconds flat, grab a great lipstick. In less time than it will take you to read this sentence, you can swipe on some color that will have your friends and coworkers – heck, maybe even some smitten strangers on the street – covering you in compliments. Get a gorgeous lipstick that you can rely on for all occasions. Keep in your bag for touch ups or so you can apply it even on the go!

4. Skin

There’s a reason contouring is the latest craze. Have you ever seen one of the Kardashians? Their skin looks flawless, their cheekbones are on point and all of their features pop. All you really need to do is a contour with a contrasting shade of makeup-cream or powder – so that you can create highlights where you want to draw attention and shadows for things you want to fade out a bit.

With a bit of practice, you should be able to do a basic contour in just minutes! And even if you’re not up to adding it to your everyday look, trying it out for special occasions will make a world of difference. You should contour before you go anywhere where people will be taking pictures of you – the photos always end up looking so good as if you have photoshopped it!

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5. Nails

Another thing that’s small but always noticeable is your nails. Whether you’re waving at a co-worker or just clutching your morning coffee for dear life, they’re always there making a statement. If you need to spruce up your nails but don’t have time for a manicure, you’ll be amazed by how much of a difference you can make with just some simple filing and cuticle care.

6. Perfume

If you simply don’t have time to look your best, then try playing with the other senses. They say scent is actually the most important sense for attraction. Apply just a spritz or two of a nice, classy perfume before you rush out the door and be guaranteed that you’ll at least smell gorgeous.

7. Clothing

You may be tempted to dress down on days when you didn’t have enough time to do your usual hair and makeup routine, but that’s actually a huge mistake. Instead, pull out your most dazzling dress or that cute new skirt. Not only will you look better, but studies have actually shown that your mood will improve, too!

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8. Jewelry

You don’t need a lot of jewelry to make a big difference. Just adding some classy earrings or a big statement necklace is enough for people to notice the difference. If you’re like my sister who wants to sleep in as much as possible, you can even consider laying out your jewelry for the day ahead of time or tossing it in your bag to put on at work. If you need to draw attention away from a blemish or a stain on your shirt, jewelry is definitely the way to go.

9. Posture

It will sound like the 1900s etiquette book, but it’s true – posture can make or break your look! I’m not asking you to walk around carrying a book on your head, but you really can change so much about how you appear to others just by straightening your back or relaxing your shoulders. Good posture can make you appear taller, thinner, and more confident!

These days with people spending so much time hunched over computers or craning down at their smartphones bad posture is a bigger problem than ever, but that’s all the more reason to make sure you stand out in a good way by fixing yours!

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10. Attitude!

You’ve heard it before, but I’ll tell you again – confidence is the key! If you go out into the world thinking you look gorgeous, chances are people will believe you. It’s like some kind of Jedi mind trick, but there’s even research to back it up. So, if all else fails, just give yourself some positive affirmations before you leave the house and soon you’ll go from faking it to making it!

If you need to look good and you’re really, truly pressed for time, don’t spread yourself too thin by trying to fix everything. Instead, focus on one or two features like your lips or your outfit and really do them right. People will notice your gorgeous lipstick or stunning blouse and be totally distracted from anything amiss.

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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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