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Published on October 13, 2017

Ladies, Use “Stylebook” and You Don’t Have To Worry About Last Minute Styling Again

Ladies, Use “Stylebook” and You Don’t Have To Worry About Last Minute Styling Again

Ladies, we all know this story. It’s time to get ready. You open up your over-stuffed closet and start rummaging through the endless selection of clothes, but alas, you have nothing to wear! All of those must have items that you simply can’t part with aren’t doing it for you. They don’t fit right, they don’t match your mood. We all experience this issue more than we’d like to admit. It’s an absurd phenomena where even with an abundance of choice you still come up empty handed.

As women this can be very frustrating. You know that your clothes are nice, but you just have trouble matching and styling them. It becomes even more difficult to style our outfits at the last minute, as we constantly change our minds and switch up our outfits as we get ready.

Even though we come out looking flawless, we are hindering ourselves by spending so much time picking out our outfits and perfecting the details. In all honesty, we aren’t going to care as soon as we walk out of our front door. So there’s no point in making ourselves late to our obligations by waiting until the last minute to style our outfits.

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The answer to all of your fashion problems: Stylebook

The app Stylebook is a visualized catalogue of all of the items that you have in your closet. Remember Cher’s closet from Clueless? With the virtual outfit designer that she used to sift through her enormous collection of garments?

It’s similar to that, but you don’t have to be a millionaire to own it. You just need a smartphone with enough storage to download the app.

Stylebook doesn’t only save you time picking out outfits, but it gives you an overview of the items that you already have so you don’t waste your money buying duplicate styles.

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See how it saves you from all the last minute fashion hustle

Just a heads up, you will probably get addicted to this app. It’s so interactive and will open your eyes to possibilities that you didn’t realize were already in your own closet!

You can start off by scanning through an overview of your closet to see what you’re working with. Then, you can pinch and drag those items to create new styles and save them if you design a winner.

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    After putting together some looks, you can sort them into categories. Have a business meeting and aren’t sure how to dress to impress? Just pull up your work-outfit folder and pick out a pre-designed outfit, styled by yours truly.

    The app also saves your previous outfits, so you can gauge when you wore a certain outfit last and where, so that you don’t have a repeat.

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      You can also use the shuffle feature, that mixes up the looks that you’ve already put together in order to design something completely new! You can share your outfits on social media, with friends, or transfer them to another device.

      If you reach a point where you still feel like you truly have nothing to wear, you can shop directly from the app, browsing items that fit your personal style.

      The app also features personalized statistics to keep track of your favorite styles.

        With the help of Stylebook, you’ll never suffer the panic of finding something to wear at the last minute. Just pull up a look, pluck it out of your closet, pose in front of the mirror a few times to see what you’re working with and go take on the world.

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        Published on July 17, 2018

        How Productive People Compartmentalize Time to Get the Most Done

        How Productive People Compartmentalize Time to Get the Most Done

        I’ve never believed people are born productive or organized. Being organized and productive is a choice.

        You choose to keep your stuff organized or you don’t. You choose to get on with your work and ignore distractions or you don’t.

        But one skill very productive people appear to have that is not a choice is the ability to compartmentalize. And that takes skill and practice.

        What is compartmentalization

        To compartmentalize means you have the ability to shut out all distractions and other work except for the work in front of you. Nothing gets past your barriers.

        In psychology, compartmentalization is a defence mechanism our brains use to shut out traumatic events. We close down all thoughts about the traumatic event. This can lead to serious mental-health problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) if not dealt with properly.

        However, compartmentalization can be used in positive ways to help us become more productive and allow us to focus on the things that are important to us.

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        Robin Sharma, the renowned leadership coach, calls it his Tight Bubble of Total Focus Strategy. This is where he shuts out all distractions, turns off his phone and goes to a quiet place where no one will disturb him and does the work he wants to focus on. He allows nothing to come between himself and the work he is working on and prides himself on being almost uncontactable.

        Others call it deep work. When I want to focus on a specific piece of work, I turn everything off, turn on my favourite music podcast The Anjunadeep Edition (soft, eclectic electronic music) and focus on the content I intend to work on. It works, and it allows me to get massive amounts of content produced every week.

        The main point about compartmentalization is that no matter what else is going on in your life — you could be going through a difficult time in your relationships, your business could be sinking into bankruptcy or you just had a fight with your colleague; you can shut those things out of your mind and focus totally on the work that needs doing.

        Your mind sees things as separate rooms with closable doors, so you can enter a mental room, close the door and have complete focus on whatever it is you want to focus on. Your mind does not wander.

        Being able to achieve this state can seriously boost your productivity. You get a lot more quality work done and you find you have a lot more time to do the things you want to do. It is a skill worth mastering for the benefits it will bring you.

        How to develop the skill of compartmentalization

        The simplest way to develop this skill is to use your calendar.

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        Your calendar is the most powerful tool you have in your productivity toolbox. It allows you to block time out, and it can focus you on the work that needs doing.

        My calendar allows me to block time out so I can remove everything else out of my mind to focus on one thing. When I have scheduled time for writing, I know what I want to write about and I sit down and my mind completely focuses on the writing.

        Nothing comes between me, my thoughts and the keyboard. I am in my writing compartment and that is where I want to be. Anything going on around me, such as a problem with a student, a difficulty with an area of my business or an argument with my wife is blocked out.

        Understand that sometimes there’s nothing you can do about an issue

        One of the ways to do this is to understand there are times when there is nothing you can do about an issue or an area of your life. For example, if I have a student with a problem, unless I am able to communicate with that student at that specific time, there is nothing I can do about it.

        If I can help the student, I would schedule a meeting with the student to help them. But between now and the scheduled meeting there is nothing I can do. So, I block it out.

        The meeting is scheduled on my calendar and I will be there. Until then, there is nothing I can do about it.

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        Ask yourself the question “Is there anything I can do about it right now?”

        This is a very powerful way to help you compartmentalize these issues.

        If there is, focus all your attention on it to the exclusion of everything else until you have a workable solution. If not, then block it out, schedule time when you can do something about it and move on to the next piece of work you need to work on.

        Being able to compartmentalize helps with productivity in another way. It reduces the amount of time you spend worrying.

        Worrying about something is a huge waste of energy that never solves anything. Being able to block out issues you cannot deal with stops you from worrying about things and allows you to focus on the things you can do something about.

        Reframe the problem as a question

        Reframing the problem as a question such as “what do I have to do to solve this problem?” takes your mind away from a worried state into a solution state, where you begin searching for solutions.

        One of the reasons David Allen’s Getting Things Done book has endured is because it focuses on contexts. This is a form of compartmentalization where you only do work you can work on.

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        For instance, if a piece of work needs a computer, you would only look at the work when you were in front of a computer. If you were driving, you cannot do that work, so you would not be looking at it.

        Choose one thing to focus on

        To get better at compartmentalizing, look around your environment and seek out places where you can do specific types of work.

        Taking your dog for a walk could be the time you focus solely on solving project problems, commuting to and from work could be the time you spend reading and developing your skills and the time between 10 am and 12 pm could be the time you spend on the phone sorting out client issues.

        Once you make the decision about when and where you will do the different types of work, make it stick. Schedule it. Once it becomes a habit, you are well on your way to using the power of compartmentalization to become more productive.

        Comparmentalization saves you stress

        Compartmentalization is a skill that gives you time to deal with issues and work to the exclusion of all other distractions.

        This means you get more work done in less time and this allows you to spend more time with the people you want to spend more time with, doing the things you want to spend more time doing.

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