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10 Amazing Engagement Ring Styles

10 Amazing Engagement Ring Styles

Engagement rings are an important piece of jewelry. Everyone wants the engagement ring to be perfect as you do not get engaged every day. There are so many options available in the market that you can find it difficult to make the choice. Making a choice can be difficult when you are looking for perfection. Personal preference also plays an important role in making the final decision. You can chose from rings with colored center stones and there are also vintage designs.

Here are some of the latest engagement ring trends that can help you in buying a beautiful and fashionable ring.

Halo rings

The trend of halo rings has been around for some time. It is one of the most popular choices among the brides. These rings are delicate and beautiful. They are popular because they are the best design for showing off a small stone. It is a perfect design if you want to make sure that beautiful gems such as diamond, sapphire or emeralds stand out and show their sparkle.

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Rose gold

These pink gold rings are gaining popularity. Ladies love to wear the color pink and that is why these rings are making a comeback. The rosy ring is an excellent way of adding a feminine touch. They are elegant and the best thing about these rings is that it looks good on all the skin tones.

Open setting rings

These rings were highly popular about 15 years ago and they are making a comeback. It is an excellent design if you want to include a single stone. With this design you have the best opportunity to show off the stone. If you want to give the stone a chance to shine, then the best design choice for you is the four-prong settings. There is also an option of pave band to show off the gem.

Add colorful diamonds

If you do not mind considering nontraditional designs, then you should look for colored diamond engagement rings. They are a beautiful and elegant choice. You can choose from colors like pink and yellow. The colored diamonds stand out without being too much. It is a bold choice and if you want to be braver, you can choose a black diamond or the modern chocolate color.

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Marquise

You can find several unusual cuts of diamond rings in the market. One of the cuts which is gaining popularity is the marquise. It is an excellent choice as it is elegant, sophisticated, vintage and timeless. You can experiment with the placement of the design. Adding gems will help give a modern and unique touch to the ring.

Floral designs

Floral designs are an excellent choice for adding an extra feminine touch to the ring. You can add flower designs to the ring along with vines or petal designs. You can also add other designs with an inspiration from the garden. You can also incorporate a floral design to a halo ring. It is a classy and refined design that women love.

The square design

When you are looking for an engagement ring, then you do not have to limit yourself to just round rings. Square rings are an excellent choice because they are sleek and comfortable. The square bands are more comfortable as compared to the round rings. To give the design a unique touch, you can add gems of your choice.

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The over under design

This style is becoming popular this year. It is an excellent design if you wish to show off the quality and look of the stone. If you are spending money on buying a good stone, then it is only fair that you show it off. It is a clean and modern design. You can add little variations to make the design unique.

Vintage designs

If you like traditional designs, then you should look for vintage designs. There are designs that have an old look such as the Victorian look. A vintage design gives the ring an heirloom quality. Vintage designs are timeless.

Double band design

If you want to be generous and bold, then you should buy the ring with a band of diamonds. If you want to be even bolder, then two bands are better than just a single band. A ring with two diamond bands gives a modern and architectural feel to the ring.

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These are some of the excellent and stylish designs you can choose. Just be sure to consider personal preference and you will have the perfect engagement ring.

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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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