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The Ten Best Online Dating Sites You Should Try At Least Once

The Ten Best Online Dating Sites You Should Try At Least Once

1. Match.com

URL: http://www.match.com

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    Match.com claims that it’s an online dating site that has lead to more dates, marriages and relationships that any other online dating site. Ideal age 25-45. Available on smartphones. Boasts 3,100,000 singles.

    Features:

    MatchWords: Users can define a list of words that others can use to search them out with. You’ll even get a list of some of the most recently added and most popular MatchWords to get you started.

    Match.com Platinum: A personalized, professional matchmaker is available for users who don’t have the time to weed through the various profiles.

    MindFindBind With Dr. Phil: For those in need of assistance getting started with online dating, Dr. Phil’s Match.com exclusive monthly program will walk you through how to get your mind ready to date, how to find someone perfect, and then how to bond/bind with them over time.

    The monthly rate for Match.com was $30 a month USD, with extra costs for some of their unique features (Dr. Phil is an extra $8/month USD).

    2. eHarmony

    URL: http://www.eHarmony.com

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      eHarmony is an online dating site that has tried a more scientific approach to love and offer compatibility and personality questionnaires to help match you up with your ideal partner.

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      The ideal age is between 30-60 and eHarmony has approximately 2,000,000 singles. The difference with this site is that eHarmony does all of the matching for you, using a compatibility system they’ve created, which is based on numerous scientific studies about love, relationships and compatibility. One month costs $59.95 USD, with the prices lowering depending on the length of time you sign up for. One thing most members seem to have in common is that they’re looking for long-term love and not quick hook-ups.

      3. Plenty of Fish

      URLhttp://www.pof.com/

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        Free to join. Plenty of Fish is one of the biggest online dating sites in the world with over 40 millions users. It works by asking users to take a special POF Relationship Chemistry Predictor test, which measures self-confidence, family-orientation, self-control, social dependency and “easygoingness.” You’re then matched to those most compatible to you.
        Plentyoffish is modified frequently, new features appear regularly, and members are matched not only on what they say they’re looking for, but how they browse on Plentyoffish.

        4. OKCupid

        URL: http://www.OKCupid.com

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          OkCupid.com creates a unique online dating site environment by putting heavy emphasis on member participation. Matches are identified by your profile and your responses to a series of questions generated by other users. Each match question is made up of four parts: the question, the answers you’re willing to accept from your matches, a rating of how important the answer is to you, and an optional explanation of your response. The more questions you answer, the smarter OkCupid gets at recommending matches for you. It is free to use; paid options are available that include additional site features. While OkCupid is a free online dating site, users can pay (starting at $4.95 a month) to filter out people who are unattractive or overweight. An unusual, possibly controversial feature.

          5. Lovestruck

          URL: http://www.lovestruck.com

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            Fee to join: £35/$57 for one month. Lovestruck’s service finds people who live, work or are near you using location technology that pinpoints tube stations and areas. There’s also a verification policy, meaning you’re slightly less likely to encounter weirdos than you might be on other sites. You can meet other members for dates that fit around your lifestyle (coffee mornings, lunch breaks and after work beverages). A city focus with professionals in mind is evident on this online dating site. A diary feature is available to keep a record of your online/offline activities.

            6. Zoosk

            URL: http://www.zoosk.com

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              Zoosk is an online dating site that originated from Facebook and is now available in more than 80 countries. Free registration. Ideal age 20-35. 6,000,000 singles.

              Choose from a range of relationship statuses, genders and more – Zoosk.com isn’t just for singles. Register quickly and easily through a Facebook account and send virtual gifts through a credit system to show others you’re thinking of them. Send winks to other members to show interest, you can also earn or pay for credit to send gifts and winks.

              Premium members can receive SMS messages so they can keep up with what’s happening even when they’re on the move.

              Premium members can also see who has been looking at their date card and approach members who might be too shy to make the first move.

              7. FriendFinder

              URL: http://www.friendfinder.com

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                Free to join.

                Upload a video greeting on this online dating site if you want and create a private hotlist of members you fancy.

                Standard members can have a maximum of 200 members on their hotlist ; Silver members can have a maximum of 500 members on their hotlist ; Gold members can have a maximum of 1,000 members on their hotlist

                Discover your personality type by completing a personality test.

                Take advantage of “Cupid”, a matching system which finds likely matches, based on profiles & preferences.

                FriendFinder.com isn’t just for finding buddies. Its primary function is to help you find someone special. The site has a lot of features worth exploring, including chat rooms, message boards, blog posts and an exclusive magazine. There’s plenty to do and a real sense of community. The more you get involved, the more you’ll get from your experiences on the site and the more people you’ll be likely to meet.

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                8. Lavalife

                URL: http://www.lavalife.com

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                  One month membership costs approximately $20.00. LavaLife.com is a Canada-based online dating site but has since become popular in a variety of countries to such a degree that its membership has rocketed to over 15 million. Users from all over the globe are using its services, making it good resource for meeting locals or people from another country completely.

                  A key selling point for some members might be the ability to create several profiles. This essentially allows you to have one profile which is looking for dates, one for intimate encounters and – if you so decide – one which only communicates with people who are looking for serious relationships.

                  • Choose from 3 different kinds of dating: casual, relationships or intimate encounters
                  • Set up a variety of profiles so that you can take advantage of all 3 kinds of dating status
                  • “Smile” at members, show them you’re interested
                  • Send and receive email messages (free members can respond to emails but not send an initial contact email)
                  • See when someone was last online – save time not having to wait for responses from someone who doesn’t log on often
                  • Search for members within one mile of your location
                  • Take part in video chats using a webcam

                  9. Chemistry

                  URL: http://www.chemistry.com

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                    A feature that sets Chemistry apart as an online dating site is the personality types. Each member is assigned one of four personality types – Explorer, Director, Negotiator, Builder – based on their responses to the matching questionnaire. Chemistry describes the four types like this:

                    • Explorers: spontaneous, creative, open-minded
                    • Directors: decisive, focused, independent
                    • Negotiators: imaginative, empathetic, nurturing
                    • Builders: social, loyal, dependable

                    As a member you receive a detailed breakdown of your personality type, how you relate to others, and what type is most compatible with you. Matches on your homepage are labeled based on their personality types, and a more detailed explanation of how your primary and secondary personality types match-up is available when you click on a profile.

                    One of the most interesting and detailed profiles out there, combining normal multiple-choice answers with questions that use images. There is also input from Dr. Helen Fisher. Noted anthropologist, human behavior researcher, and relationship expert. This online dating site uses many graphics when asking questions and displaying answers. This makes it easier and faster to understand the question or answer. Approximate cost for one month: $50.00.

                    10. Tinder – dating app

                    URL: http://www.gotinder.com

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                      What is it?

                      Free to download, Tinder is a modern day ‘Hot or Not’. It finds you matches based on your location, then lets you scroll through pictures (no lengthy profiles here), picking the profiles that catch your eye – and vetoing that ones that don’t. If you find one who’s into you too, you can start messaging and go from there.

                      How it works

                      The beauty of Tinder is its simplicity. It finds your location by GPS then links to your Facebook profile to access your info, so – your first name, age, photos (of your choice) and some of your Facebook preferences. There’s space for a short tag line, too.

                      It will then find you potential matches near you, (you can narrow it down by searching by age and distance). It’ll tell you if you’ve got any Facebook friends or ‘interests’ in common.

                      If they take your fancy, you swipe right to ‘like’ them. If not, go left to ‘pass’. If they’ve also ‘liked’ you –  It’s a match and you can start messaging.

                       

                      Online dating sites are a great way to meet new people. Spend time creating an interesting and unique profile. Stay away from cliches such as “fun loving”; “live life to the full” and “happy at home with a DVD and a bottle of wine.” Just about every profile has those words in them these days. Stand out, show your unique characteristics but don’t be dishonest. Keep an open mind and manage your expectations in order to get the most out of the experience. Don’t be put off by a bad experience and always be aware of safety. Meet in public places initially.

                      Be proactive on online dating sites and see it as a way, at the very least, to meet interesting people whom you wouldn’t normally come into contact with. Most of all – enjoy it and have fun!

                       

                       

                       

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                      18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2018 Updated)

                      18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2018 Updated)

                      No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

                      If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

                      But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

                      Let’s dive straight into the list…

                      1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

                        If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

                        Download Rescue Time

                        2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

                          If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

                          Download Remember the Milk

                          3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

                            This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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                            Download Focus Booster

                            4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

                              This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

                              Download Toggl

                              5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

                                There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

                                Download Dropbox

                                6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

                                  Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

                                  Download Evernote

                                  7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                                    Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                                    Download Mind42

                                    8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                                      This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                                      Download SnycBackFree

                                      9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                                        Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                                        Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                                        10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                                          This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                                          Download 1Password

                                          11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                                            When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                                            Download Pocket

                                            12. Focus@Will — Boost your attention span

                                              This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                                              Download Focus@Will

                                              13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                                                This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                                                Download Launchy

                                                14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                                                  This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                                  Download Forest

                                                  15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                                    This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                                    Download Trello

                                                    16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                                      Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                                      Download Wunderlist

                                                      17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                                        This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                                        Download Time Tree

                                                        18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                                          Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                                          Download Todoist

                                                          The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

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