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10 Best Headphones You Should Buy This Year

10 Best Headphones You Should Buy This Year

Whether you’re listening to music or talking to a friend, headphones are a must! But why settle for less when you can get the very best? If comfortable, noise-canceling, and totally spectacular gadgets are what you are after, keep reading because we’ve got the 10 best headphones you should buy this year.

 1. Bose – QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

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    If you’re willing to shell out a few extra bucks, we highly recommend checking out these Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones. I mean, they got 4.8 out of 5 stars- you can’t argue with results, right? They come with several features including a special (and comfortable) around-ear design for hours of listening while the noise canceling technology makes it easy to stay focused. Oh, and did we mention there is an easy-to-use cable with in-lime remote and microphone for hands free talking and listening? Spectacular device for listening to music or audio books and perfect for chatting with friends and business partners. Only $299!

     2. Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones

     

    Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones

      I don’t know about you, but when I’m listening to music, the louder the BETTER. I guess that’s why I absolutely have to recommend Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones. These comfortable headphones come with the noise-cancelling technology you crave, able to withhold even the loudest environments like clubs or concerts. Plus they deliver high quality, smooth noise that anyone can appreciate. All for only $99!

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       3. SoundMAGIC E10 Noise Isolating Earphones

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        Remember, bigger isn’t always better- and you really shouldn’t underestimate these small earphones. The SoundMAGIC E10 Noise Isolating Earphones really do work like magic. They are tiny enough to fit comfortably in your ear, while the exterior has a trendy and distinctive design you’ll love to flaunt. They deliver sensational sound while blocking out the noise around you. The best in-ear headphone is for only $34.

         4.  Goldring NS1000 Noise Canceling Headphones

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          For around $100, you can experience comfort and noise-cancellation at a fair price. Everyone seems to love these particular headphones and think the sound quality is great. Not to mention the silver and black design is pretty cool, too.

           5. PBS M4U 2 Headphones

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            Ok, we can’t lie: these outstanding PBS M4U 2 Headphones are the King when it comes to noise canceling headphones. Not only do they deliver perfect sound, but you can turn the noise cancellation on or off with a simple switch. Oh- and did we mention the switch for the amplifier? Yeah, that’s right. Build in amplifier for impeccable quality music. Unbelievable and well worth the $300 price tag.

             6. Philips M1/28 Fidelio On-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic

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              There’s a lot to love about these headphones: great sound quality, good noise cancellation, and a sturdy frame that can last a lifetime. But there’s one thing in particular we love: the convenient in-line remote that lets you switch songs or change the volume without taking off the headphones or looking at your mobile device. WIN for only $72.99!

               7. Sennheiser MM 400-X

              Sennheiser MM 400-X

                You want headphones that are incredibly light and portable, great for on-the-go? These headphones are your answer. Easy portability and sound quality that will leave you speechless. Definitely ones to consider, especially seeing as how they are $269!

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                 8. Beats Solo HD On-Ear Headphones

                Beats Solo HD On-Ear Headphones

                  Delightful leather ear cups for maximum comfort, two amazing speakers for outstandingly clear sound, and a titanium coated driver to ensure deep bass- what’s not to love about the Beats Solo HD On-Ear Headphones? Not to mention there’s TONS of bright, eye-popping and trendy colors to choose from. We LOVE these headphones for only $169.

                   9. Shure SE425 Sound Isolating Earphones

                  Shure SE425 Sound Isolating Earphones

                    If you’re sick and tired of headphones that don’t deliver quality sound or keep falling out of your ear, turn to the Shure SE425 Sound Isolating Earphones. They deliver impeccable noise quality, letting you hear noises you didn’t think were possible. Plus they have a unique, around the back cable design that keeps wires out of the way. Great option for $299!

                     10. Bose – IE2 Earbud Headphones

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                    Bose - IE2 Earbud Headphones

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                      These particular earbud headphones are out of this world. The unique design ensures sound smoothness and quality that can’t be matched by other headphones. And with 3 different sizes of tips to choose from, you can get the perfect fit that will last through strenuous workouts or other busy on-the-go activities. A must buy for only $99.

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                      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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