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6 Things to Keep in Mind for A Successful Office Renovation

An office renovation is a time of excitement for any business. Even though the headquarters remains unmoved, a renovation still represents a fresh start and a chance to breathe new life over the company’s identity.

The reasons for an office renovation can be many. Maybe you need to make room for the team to grow, or the space simply does not resonate with the company image anymore. Whatever the reasons may be, before you start tearing down walls and floors, there are some things you need to take into consideration. 

Now, I won’t tell you how to completely redesign your office, but the following advice is meant to help you make some changes that will boost employee satisfaction and productivity. 

Maximize lighting, both natural and artificial 

I’m going to start with lighting because I can not stress how important it is for an office space to be well lit up. Employees spend several hours a day in front of a computer, or reading documents. Bad lighting can take a toll on your employees’ eyes, reducing productivity and increasing the risk of developing eye problems. 

Start by installing an efficient lighting system that has just enough light fixtures to illuminate key areas in the office, such as employee desks, common spaces, and conference rooms. 

Another way to maximize lighting is to combine artificial and natural light sources. Consider replacing the windows with some larger ones, to not only bring in more sunlight but also create the illusion of space. It may sound like a complicated process, but the outcome will be worth it. 

If you are not going to replace windows, then consider giving them a thorough cleaning at least, to allow light to pass through. Hiring a spider lift so that your cleaning staff has access to high areas is all you need. 

Include collaborative, as well as private workspaces

If your office has cubicles, now is the time to consider ditching them completely. Employees certainly don’t enjoy being trapped in a cube for 8 hours a day, plus they take up a lot of space. Instead, why not go for large tables that fit 6-8 employees? These will take up much little space and make the place look less crowded. 

If people need to work alone from time to time, either because they need to be on the phone for longer, or they simply need a quiet space, you can also design some individual offices that employees can use. 

Allow people to have the option to work in a collaborative, as well as in a private working space from time to time. This will boost productivity and help maximize the space you have available. 

Consider switching to glass walls

Another great way to make the space seem larger is to use glass walls. You have probably seen this in a lot of offices from movies and TV shows, where they have conference rooms surrounded by glass walls instead of concrete. This gives out the illusion of a much bigger and brighter office space, plus it looks more modern and appealing.

You can also use glass walls to separate an open-space office into smaller office rooms. This way, you get every team working together in the same space, but also provide privacy for each department to work on their tasks. 

Make use of vertical spaces

If you have a small office, why not leave the floor as free as possible and consider installing some shelves on the walls for storage? Wall desks can have drawers and shelves above them, to still maintain the necessary storage space.

If you have a storage room, why not build shelves all up to the ceiling and install a library staircase to access everything? Remember the huge library they had in the infamous TV series, Suits? Now, I know that may take a lot of financial resources to build, but you can draw inspiration from it at least. 

Bring some color into the office space

You may think that keeping everything as neutral as possible when it comes to colors will show more professionalism, but that’s not necessarily the case. Now is a good moment to bring some color into the office and turn the place into something inspiring. 

No, I’m not saying you should paint each room a different color, but an accent wall or some murals should do it. Avoid sticking to whites or grays, as they will only make the office seem more bland. Instead, go for colors such as green, blue, orange or light purple, as they are more subtle, but can turn the space around. 

If you don’t want to paint the walls, maybe go for some interesting wall art? Big paintings, that will brighten up the space, or a plant wall to keep things fresh can be a great option. 

Allow employees to be creative

Even though you will probably take care of most of the renovation process, remember that you are not the only one working there. Allow employees to show their creativity and be a part of the process as well.

Let them personalize their office space to their own likings, let them bring plants, hand up photos on their walls and make the space feel closer to home. After all, they are spending a good part of their day there, so they need to feel comfortable. 

Another way to get them to e involved in the process is to ask for suggestions before the renovation begins. Ask them to come up with ideas and go through the list when making the renovation plan. Chances are, you will see a number of repetitive ideas, which means there are some issues that need to be taken care of. 

An office renovation is a perfect opportunity to not only maximize office space and make the most out of what you got. It is also the moment to let creativity shine and transform the office into an enjoyable place for you, for the employees, and for the clients as well. 



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  • 16 Sep 2020
    Have you ever gone through periods where you got the sense that nothing you do has much impact on what's going on in your life? Did you feel ready to give up? When bad things happen to us, we all would like to believe that we'd do anything in our power to change things for the better, but it's not easy to stay strong when you're relentlessly subjected to challenging circumstances. We try to hold on, but at some point, we get tired of struggling. If all of this sounds familiar, you may have experienced what psychologists call "learned helplessness", a concept that's been observed in both humans as well as other animals and which we will explore in this article. We will discuss what learned helplessness is, its causes and what you can do to overcome it.  What Is Learned Helplessness? The concept of "learned helplessness" emerged in 1967 after a series of experiments on animals carried out by psychologists Martin Seligman and Steven F. Maier. They conditioned dogs by administering a mild shock whenever they heard a bell ring. Right now, you're probably thinking of ethical concerns regarding the use of animals in this type of research, but you need to keep in mind that these were different times.  After the dogs were conditioned, they were put in a large crate divided in two by a low fence. One side of the crate was wired to give mild shocks while the other side wasn't. To escape the shocks, the dogs would only have to hop the low fence and get to the safe side, but they didn't. They stayed put and simply took the chocks. The psychologists attributed this behaviour to the dogs having been conditioned that there was nothing they could do to stop the shocks because when they did the test on dogs that had not been conditioned, they easily jumped over the fence.  Since then, the concept of learned helplessness has been demonstrated on different animal species, including humans.  Learned Helplessness in Children and Adults When it comes to people, learned helplessness often stems from childhood experiences. For example, children raised in institutionalized settings or by unreliable and unresponsive caregivers often exhibit symptoms of this behavioural pattern.  In this sort of environment, children go through repeated experiences that reinforce feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. They may grow up with the belief that there is nothing they can do to change their problems, and they have to accept them as if these problems were their fate.  Common signed of learned helplessness in children include: Passivity Low self-esteem Poor motivation Frustration Procrastination Lack of effort Giving up Not asking for help Learned helplessness in children is also strongly linked to academic struggles. If a child makes efforts to do well in school and get good grades, but despite his or her efforts, they still do poorly, they might reach the conclusion that their performance is out of their control which will affect their self-worth.  They'll start to believe that they simply don't have what it takes to succeed, lose motivation, stop trying, and their grades will suffer even more. This learned helplessness regarding academic performance can, in turn, negatively impact their career prospects and affect their confidence and sense of self-worth as adults. In adults, we see signs of learned helplessness when a person doesn't learn or use adaptive responses when faced with difficult situations. They fail to resolve an issue despite there being a potential solution because they believe that bad things will happen no matter what they do, and since they have such little control, they should just accept it.  To give an example of learned helplessness in adults, victims of domestic abuse often hesitate to leave their abuser even if help and support are available because they develop a belief that they cannot escape this type of situation.  However, not everyone that goes through this type of experiences develops patterns of learned helplessness, and it appears that an individual's explanatory style plays a key role. The explanatory style, as the name suggests, is the way someone explains events to themselves. Individuals with a pessimistic explanatory style are more likely to experience learned helplessness because it causes them to view negative events as an unavoidable result of their shortcomings.  Learned Helplessness and Mental Health Learned helplessness may lead to higher levels of anxiety and can influence the persistence and severity of mental health conditions such as generalized anxiety disorder or depression. Moreover, learned helplessness might cause people experiencing anxiety and depression to see their symptoms as unavoidable and untreatable, so they refuse treatment. They enter a vicious circle where their feelings of helplessness and hopelessness intensify symptoms of anxiety or depression which in turn intensify their feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, convincing them that there's nothing they can do to improve their quality of life.  In reality, people can overcome learned helplessness and the most common and effective form of treatment is therapy, in particular, CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  Throughout their therapy sessions, a person with patterns of learned helplessness can: Explore the origins of their learned helplessness Identify the thought patterns that contribute to their learned helplessness Identify behavioural patterns that reinforce learned helplessness Replace these thoughts and behaviours with more beneficial ones Learn techniques that can decrease the distress caused by feelings of helplessness and hopelessness Learn to work through difficult emotions Talk about abuse, neglect or trauma they may have experienced Receive support and encouragement Learn how to set goals for themselves and how to follow through Ultimately, learned helplessness is a conditioned response – a response learned via associations between past experiences and current ones. If a behaviour is rewarded or reinforced, we are likely to repeat it, and if we are punished for the same behaviour, we will avoid it in the future. This means that the key to breaking out of this pattern of learned helplessness is to unlearn the associations that made us believe that our efforts are futile and we should just accept whatever negative factors are decreasing our quality of life.
    134 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Have you ever gone through periods where you got the sense that nothing you do has much impact on what's going on in your life? Did you feel ready to give up? When bad things happen to us, we all would like to believe that we'd do anything in our power to change things for the better, but it's not easy to stay strong when you're relentlessly subjected to challenging circumstances. We try to hold on, but at some point, we get tired of struggling. If all of this sounds familiar, you may have experienced what psychologists call "learned helplessness", a concept that's been observed in both humans as well as other animals and which we will explore in this article. We will discuss what learned helplessness is, its causes and what you can do to overcome it.  What Is Learned Helplessness? The concept of "learned helplessness" emerged in 1967 after a series of experiments on animals carried out by psychologists Martin Seligman and Steven F. Maier. They conditioned dogs by administering a mild shock whenever they heard a bell ring. Right now, you're probably thinking of ethical concerns regarding the use of animals in this type of research, but you need to keep in mind that these were different times.  After the dogs were conditioned, they were put in a large crate divided in two by a low fence. One side of the crate was wired to give mild shocks while the other side wasn't. To escape the shocks, the dogs would only have to hop the low fence and get to the safe side, but they didn't. They stayed put and simply took the chocks. The psychologists attributed this behaviour to the dogs having been conditioned that there was nothing they could do to stop the shocks because when they did the test on dogs that had not been conditioned, they easily jumped over the fence.  Since then, the concept of learned helplessness has been demonstrated on different animal species, including humans.  Learned Helplessness in Children and Adults When it comes to people, learned helplessness often stems from childhood experiences. For example, children raised in institutionalized settings or by unreliable and unresponsive caregivers often exhibit symptoms of this behavioural pattern.  In this sort of environment, children go through repeated experiences that reinforce feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. They may grow up with the belief that there is nothing they can do to change their problems, and they have to accept them as if these problems were their fate.  Common signed of learned helplessness in children include: Passivity Low self-esteem Poor motivation Frustration Procrastination Lack of effort Giving up Not asking for help Learned helplessness in children is also strongly linked to academic struggles. If a child makes efforts to do well in school and get good grades, but despite his or her efforts, they still do poorly, they might reach the conclusion that their performance is out of their control which will affect their self-worth.  They'll start to believe that they simply don't have what it takes to succeed, lose motivation, stop trying, and their grades will suffer even more. This learned helplessness regarding academic performance can, in turn, negatively impact their career prospects and affect their confidence and sense of self-worth as adults. In adults, we see signs of learned helplessness when a person doesn't learn or use adaptive responses when faced with difficult situations. They fail to resolve an issue despite there being a potential solution because they believe that bad things will happen no matter what they do, and since they have such little control, they should just accept it.  To give an example of learned helplessness in adults, victims of domestic abuse often hesitate to leave their abuser even if help and support are available because they develop a belief that they cannot escape this type of situation.  However, not everyone that goes through this type of experiences develops patterns of learned helplessness, and it appears that an individual's explanatory style plays a key role. The explanatory style, as the name suggests, is the way someone explains events to themselves. Individuals with a pessimistic explanatory style are more likely to experience learned helplessness because it causes them to view negative events as an unavoidable result of their shortcomings.  Learned Helplessness and Mental Health Learned helplessness may lead to higher levels of anxiety and can influence the persistence and severity of mental health conditions such as generalized anxiety disorder or depression. Moreover, learned helplessness might cause people experiencing anxiety and depression to see their symptoms as unavoidable and untreatable, so they refuse treatment. They enter a vicious circle where their feelings of helplessness and hopelessness intensify symptoms of anxiety or depression which in turn intensify their feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, convincing them that there's nothing they can do to improve their quality of life.  In reality, people can overcome learned helplessness and the most common and effective form of treatment is therapy, in particular, CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  Throughout their therapy sessions, a person with patterns of learned helplessness can: Explore the origins of their learned helplessness Identify the thought patterns that contribute to their learned helplessness Identify behavioural patterns that reinforce learned helplessness Replace these thoughts and behaviours with more beneficial ones Learn techniques that can decrease the distress caused by feelings of helplessness and hopelessness Learn to work through difficult emotions Talk about abuse, neglect or trauma they may have experienced Receive support and encouragement Learn how to set goals for themselves and how to follow through Ultimately, learned helplessness is a conditioned response – a response learned via associations between past experiences and current ones. If a behaviour is rewarded or reinforced, we are likely to repeat it, and if we are punished for the same behaviour, we will avoid it in the future. This means that the key to breaking out of this pattern of learned helplessness is to unlearn the associations that made us believe that our efforts are futile and we should just accept whatever negative factors are decreasing our quality of life.
    Sep 16, 2020 134
  • 18 Aug 2020
    It's easy to start making plans to exercise. Either it's your New Year's resolution for the fifth year in a row, or maybe you watched a motivational video and told yourself you're going to start going to the gym. Several weeks later you either never started, or you're on an indefinite break. You're not alone. We've all been there. Motivation is very finicky and usually deserts us when we need it the most. Part of the problem is the way we view motivation. We keep thinking it will just come to us. One day we wake up, and suddenly we'll feel like it. From that moment everything will change. Reality, as you probably already know, doesn't work that way. In fact, more often than not, if we feel even a tiny bit of enthusiasm, what immediately pops into our minds is some excuse why we should postpone it. When it comes to exercising, the truth is that, at least in the beginning, you're never going to feel like it. Motivation will be something you need to create for yourself. Breaking Down Barriers The first step to creating motivation is to break down your mental barriers. What's stopping you from exercising? We're all too familiar with our excuses: we're too tired right now, it's such a busy time at work, it's raining today and tomorrow it will be sunny, it's better to start on a sunny day, it's sunny today, but it's too hot, etc.  But what are the real reasons you don't exercise? Let's look at some of the common ones. It's Unfamiliar If you're not used to exercising regularly, it can be quite intimidating. Unfortunately, any workout routine is hardest in the beginning when you're out of shape. Perhaps you've started and quit several times because you felt exhausted. Then, whenever you're going through a stressful period, you ask yourself: How am I going to fit this into my already busy schedule? And the answer is you don't. What's the solution? Start with manageable goals until you form a habit. Once you find a routine that you can manage both in terms of time and energy, you won't be as tempted to quit. As your fitness level increases, you will find it easier to increase the intensity of your workout without losing motivation. Life Is Sedentary Our modern lives don't give us many opportunities to exercise. You can't get a lot of things done without much physical activity. You work in an office, so you sit all day. You're not moving that much, but it's intellectually demanding and leaves you feeling drained. Then you drive home. You're too tired to cook, so you order takeout. Actually, you can even order your groceries. If you were raised in an active family and you're used to an active lifestyle, you won't have as much difficulty sticking to your fitness goals. But if you don't have that foundation, you have to start from scratch. We View Exercise as a Luxury   Although we know that getting enough exercise is essential to maintaining our health, we still view it as a luxury. As an adult with more responsibilities than you could ever dream of and endless to-do lists, you almost feel guilty when you take the time to go jogging or to a Zumba class. It feels selfish. So you tell yourself you get enough exercise running after the kids and cleaning the house. Then you start thinking about shortcuts. Pills, diets, gadgets, plastic surgery – anything that promises to deliver the same results but without actually exercising. We have to start thinking about regular exercise as a necessity rather than a hobby. The same way you need to brush your teeth, you need to exercise. Give it Meaning Once you've broken down your barriers, you'll want to set some goals. Most people have some sort of goal in mind when they decide to start exercising. Maybe it's losing weight, building muscle mass or simply staying healthy. It's good to have future goals, but if you want to stay motivated, you need more than that. You need to give it meaning. What does losing weight, building muscle mass or staying healthy mean to you? What value does it have? Since it may take many months to achieve these goals, you need to find something that can keep you going every step of the way. You'll also want to focus on the more immediate benefits of exercising like how it reduces stress, gives you more energy, helps you focus and sleep better. Then you'll want to write down daily and weekly goals. For example, you can start by walking 20 minutes per day for a week, and the next week you'll increase it to 25. You need to always know what you're working for – small goals, big goals and why it means so much to you. Our last tip is to experiment and find what works for you. Most people just try to imitate the mainstream idea of exercise. If that doesn't suit you, it doesn't mean you have to give up altogether. Let's say you don't like going to the gym. You don't have any good gyms close by, and you don't have the time to commute. Moreover, having to exercise in front of other people makes you uncomfortable. Then don't go to the gym. That's not the only option. The same technology that keeps us sedentary can help us find new ways to become more active. You can try virtual fitness classes, maybe play fitness video games, find video tutorials you like. If you get bored while exercising, you could get a treadmill or stationary bike and watch your favourite TV show while exercising. This works even better if you allow yourself to watch the show only when you exercise. You want something more social but still not the gym? How about taking dancing classes? Forget the rules. You need to start with something you like. Something that doesn't feel like a chore. As we said before, gradually your fitness level will increase, you'll have more energy, and you can build more intense workout routines.  
    844 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • It's easy to start making plans to exercise. Either it's your New Year's resolution for the fifth year in a row, or maybe you watched a motivational video and told yourself you're going to start going to the gym. Several weeks later you either never started, or you're on an indefinite break. You're not alone. We've all been there. Motivation is very finicky and usually deserts us when we need it the most. Part of the problem is the way we view motivation. We keep thinking it will just come to us. One day we wake up, and suddenly we'll feel like it. From that moment everything will change. Reality, as you probably already know, doesn't work that way. In fact, more often than not, if we feel even a tiny bit of enthusiasm, what immediately pops into our minds is some excuse why we should postpone it. When it comes to exercising, the truth is that, at least in the beginning, you're never going to feel like it. Motivation will be something you need to create for yourself. Breaking Down Barriers The first step to creating motivation is to break down your mental barriers. What's stopping you from exercising? We're all too familiar with our excuses: we're too tired right now, it's such a busy time at work, it's raining today and tomorrow it will be sunny, it's better to start on a sunny day, it's sunny today, but it's too hot, etc.  But what are the real reasons you don't exercise? Let's look at some of the common ones. It's Unfamiliar If you're not used to exercising regularly, it can be quite intimidating. Unfortunately, any workout routine is hardest in the beginning when you're out of shape. Perhaps you've started and quit several times because you felt exhausted. Then, whenever you're going through a stressful period, you ask yourself: How am I going to fit this into my already busy schedule? And the answer is you don't. What's the solution? Start with manageable goals until you form a habit. Once you find a routine that you can manage both in terms of time and energy, you won't be as tempted to quit. As your fitness level increases, you will find it easier to increase the intensity of your workout without losing motivation. Life Is Sedentary Our modern lives don't give us many opportunities to exercise. You can't get a lot of things done without much physical activity. You work in an office, so you sit all day. You're not moving that much, but it's intellectually demanding and leaves you feeling drained. Then you drive home. You're too tired to cook, so you order takeout. Actually, you can even order your groceries. If you were raised in an active family and you're used to an active lifestyle, you won't have as much difficulty sticking to your fitness goals. But if you don't have that foundation, you have to start from scratch. We View Exercise as a Luxury   Although we know that getting enough exercise is essential to maintaining our health, we still view it as a luxury. As an adult with more responsibilities than you could ever dream of and endless to-do lists, you almost feel guilty when you take the time to go jogging or to a Zumba class. It feels selfish. So you tell yourself you get enough exercise running after the kids and cleaning the house. Then you start thinking about shortcuts. Pills, diets, gadgets, plastic surgery – anything that promises to deliver the same results but without actually exercising. We have to start thinking about regular exercise as a necessity rather than a hobby. The same way you need to brush your teeth, you need to exercise. Give it Meaning Once you've broken down your barriers, you'll want to set some goals. Most people have some sort of goal in mind when they decide to start exercising. Maybe it's losing weight, building muscle mass or simply staying healthy. It's good to have future goals, but if you want to stay motivated, you need more than that. You need to give it meaning. What does losing weight, building muscle mass or staying healthy mean to you? What value does it have? Since it may take many months to achieve these goals, you need to find something that can keep you going every step of the way. You'll also want to focus on the more immediate benefits of exercising like how it reduces stress, gives you more energy, helps you focus and sleep better. Then you'll want to write down daily and weekly goals. For example, you can start by walking 20 minutes per day for a week, and the next week you'll increase it to 25. You need to always know what you're working for – small goals, big goals and why it means so much to you. Our last tip is to experiment and find what works for you. Most people just try to imitate the mainstream idea of exercise. If that doesn't suit you, it doesn't mean you have to give up altogether. Let's say you don't like going to the gym. You don't have any good gyms close by, and you don't have the time to commute. Moreover, having to exercise in front of other people makes you uncomfortable. Then don't go to the gym. That's not the only option. The same technology that keeps us sedentary can help us find new ways to become more active. You can try virtual fitness classes, maybe play fitness video games, find video tutorials you like. If you get bored while exercising, you could get a treadmill or stationary bike and watch your favourite TV show while exercising. This works even better if you allow yourself to watch the show only when you exercise. You want something more social but still not the gym? How about taking dancing classes? Forget the rules. You need to start with something you like. Something that doesn't feel like a chore. As we said before, gradually your fitness level will increase, you'll have more energy, and you can build more intense workout routines.  
    Aug 18, 2020 844
  • 07 Aug 2020
    Working from home can be great until your pet throws up on your computer, and your neighbor starts renovating their apartment, using all kinds of noisy machinery. Some of us think that working from home is a luxury. Indeed, nothing compares with working from the comfort of our home. However, in the office, your coworkers may often distract you by inviting you to lunch, engaging in conversations, etc. It can be a considerable drawback to get your work done.  Of course, it is helpful to be socially active in the workplace, but you can become easily distracted. At home, it’s easier for you to create a workplace and not be surrounded by coworkers. However, working from home can make you become your worst enemy. Coworkers might not surround you, but you are free to do whatever you want. Not feeling the same pressure to get stuff done may transform you into a lazy and unproductive person. But these issues can be avoided if you follow this great work from home tips. Wake up early! If you want to be productive and finish all your work in time, make sure you get up early in the morning. Set up a few alarms, and make sure you don't fall asleep! Morning sleep is the most confusing, so get started early. When working in an office, you know you have to get up early and get ready. It can help you be prepared in time, as late people are considered unorganized. At home, however, the distance from the bed and desk might seem incredibly long. You may not believe it, but working from home and remain productive is possible. Diving into your tasks as soon as you wake up can be the key to making progress throughout the day. So, wake up, put on a cup of coffee, and start working.  Act like you’re going to the office Pretending you're going to the office can help you be a lot more productive. There's no reason you shouldn't do it if it enables you to be mentally prepared for your daily working tasks. Do all the things you would typically do if you would go to the office. Set up your alarm, get some coffee, and even change to nice clothes. If it sounds weird to you, well, you should know it is helpful for many people. When working from home, it's essential to create a routine and stick to it. It will help you to be more productive and feel a lot more organized. Get ready for the day and act like you're going to the office, or else, you'll find yourself back in the bed. Use the same schedule as if you are in the office. You'll finish your work a lot faster, and remain focused and productive. If you lack certain electronics to make your work complete, such as laptops, iPad & tablets, desktop computers, or computer monitors, you can rent to own computers by merely searching on Google.  Choose a dedicated workspace Just because you're not working at the office, doesn't mean you shouldn't create a working space at home. Working from home brings you comfort and peace, but it can also be why most people engage in other activities while working, and become unproductive. Rather than take your laptop on the couch or bed, create a specific room in your home. Or, you can go from time to time to coffee shops, specifically to work. All you'll need is an internet connection, and you get into the right vibe of focusing on your work. If you can't dedicate your work at home entirely, getting out of the house will help you stimulate your energy and be productive for the rest of the day. Public places can also be helpful for you to work. However, if you feel like you get distracted by those around you, return home and get your stuff done.  Log out from social media Social media is the most well-known reason why people get distracted most times at work. It makes it harder for yourself actually to concentrate and be productive. So, to make it easier for you to focus, log out of every account, and put your phone aside. It might guarantee that you won't be tempting to take too many social breaks. Removing all the browser windows will help you stay focused on your work, and eliminate the chances to engage in too much online activity. Social platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, can give you an uncontrollable impulse to click on them and get sucked without knowing. Eliminating these social networks while working from home can increase your productivity. Take Breaks It can be so easy to engage in your work, that you avoid taking your well-deserved breaks. You shouldn't feel guilty about the fact that you are working from home. Don't let the guilt take over you; use your breaks to relax, watch funny videos, listen to your favorite music, or get away from the desk. Go outside and take a walk, spend some time with a friend, or any other activity that refreshes you and prepares you to continue your work. Breaks, generally, make life easier and recharge you to do a better job. Eat your lunch, take a five-minute break whenever you feel the need, but stick to your schedule!  Determine a schedule and stick to it Specific projects can take longer than you expect. So, for this reason, you'll often do less than you propose. To encourage yourself to do more, estimate how much time you'll spend on each project. Also, it's essential to determine how many tasks to handle in that day. Establish some goals and try to achieve them. Even if you don't succeed in finishing everything you expect, you'll still come out with a solid list of completed tasks. A morning list with what responsibilities you have for that day will help you progress every day. It will help you be honest about yourself, and even though you might feel like doing something else, you'll already know that you've established some rules you need to keep up with. Remember, working from home shouldn't be a reason to be unproductive.
    1233 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Working from home can be great until your pet throws up on your computer, and your neighbor starts renovating their apartment, using all kinds of noisy machinery. Some of us think that working from home is a luxury. Indeed, nothing compares with working from the comfort of our home. However, in the office, your coworkers may often distract you by inviting you to lunch, engaging in conversations, etc. It can be a considerable drawback to get your work done.  Of course, it is helpful to be socially active in the workplace, but you can become easily distracted. At home, it’s easier for you to create a workplace and not be surrounded by coworkers. However, working from home can make you become your worst enemy. Coworkers might not surround you, but you are free to do whatever you want. Not feeling the same pressure to get stuff done may transform you into a lazy and unproductive person. But these issues can be avoided if you follow this great work from home tips. Wake up early! If you want to be productive and finish all your work in time, make sure you get up early in the morning. Set up a few alarms, and make sure you don't fall asleep! Morning sleep is the most confusing, so get started early. When working in an office, you know you have to get up early and get ready. It can help you be prepared in time, as late people are considered unorganized. At home, however, the distance from the bed and desk might seem incredibly long. You may not believe it, but working from home and remain productive is possible. Diving into your tasks as soon as you wake up can be the key to making progress throughout the day. So, wake up, put on a cup of coffee, and start working.  Act like you’re going to the office Pretending you're going to the office can help you be a lot more productive. There's no reason you shouldn't do it if it enables you to be mentally prepared for your daily working tasks. Do all the things you would typically do if you would go to the office. Set up your alarm, get some coffee, and even change to nice clothes. If it sounds weird to you, well, you should know it is helpful for many people. When working from home, it's essential to create a routine and stick to it. It will help you to be more productive and feel a lot more organized. Get ready for the day and act like you're going to the office, or else, you'll find yourself back in the bed. Use the same schedule as if you are in the office. You'll finish your work a lot faster, and remain focused and productive. If you lack certain electronics to make your work complete, such as laptops, iPad & tablets, desktop computers, or computer monitors, you can rent to own computers by merely searching on Google.  Choose a dedicated workspace Just because you're not working at the office, doesn't mean you shouldn't create a working space at home. Working from home brings you comfort and peace, but it can also be why most people engage in other activities while working, and become unproductive. Rather than take your laptop on the couch or bed, create a specific room in your home. Or, you can go from time to time to coffee shops, specifically to work. All you'll need is an internet connection, and you get into the right vibe of focusing on your work. If you can't dedicate your work at home entirely, getting out of the house will help you stimulate your energy and be productive for the rest of the day. Public places can also be helpful for you to work. However, if you feel like you get distracted by those around you, return home and get your stuff done.  Log out from social media Social media is the most well-known reason why people get distracted most times at work. It makes it harder for yourself actually to concentrate and be productive. So, to make it easier for you to focus, log out of every account, and put your phone aside. It might guarantee that you won't be tempting to take too many social breaks. Removing all the browser windows will help you stay focused on your work, and eliminate the chances to engage in too much online activity. Social platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, can give you an uncontrollable impulse to click on them and get sucked without knowing. Eliminating these social networks while working from home can increase your productivity. Take Breaks It can be so easy to engage in your work, that you avoid taking your well-deserved breaks. You shouldn't feel guilty about the fact that you are working from home. Don't let the guilt take over you; use your breaks to relax, watch funny videos, listen to your favorite music, or get away from the desk. Go outside and take a walk, spend some time with a friend, or any other activity that refreshes you and prepares you to continue your work. Breaks, generally, make life easier and recharge you to do a better job. Eat your lunch, take a five-minute break whenever you feel the need, but stick to your schedule!  Determine a schedule and stick to it Specific projects can take longer than you expect. So, for this reason, you'll often do less than you propose. To encourage yourself to do more, estimate how much time you'll spend on each project. Also, it's essential to determine how many tasks to handle in that day. Establish some goals and try to achieve them. Even if you don't succeed in finishing everything you expect, you'll still come out with a solid list of completed tasks. A morning list with what responsibilities you have for that day will help you progress every day. It will help you be honest about yourself, and even though you might feel like doing something else, you'll already know that you've established some rules you need to keep up with. Remember, working from home shouldn't be a reason to be unproductive.
    Aug 07, 2020 1233
  • 22 Apr 2020
    What could be better than having your own dirt bike? You can learn new riding techniques that can be transferred onto the road, not to mention that you enjoy total freedom. Buy a motorcycle already. It doesn’t have to be as powerful as a KTM. Get yourself any kind of ride. If you have been toying with the idea of picking up a dirt bike for some time now, don’t waste any more time and look for a good price.  There are some things you should know when becoming the proud new owner of a dirt bike. Check to see what is there to know. Maybe you knew some of these things, maybe you didn’t. Either way, it’s worth reading.   From the helmet to the boots, you have to be protected     Sometimes when riding your dirt bike, accidents can happen Therefore, selecting the right protective gear is paramount. It will keep you safe on the road and, in case you happen to crash, you won’t end up severely injured.  The helmet will protect you from head injuries during a fall or collision. Unfortunately, it can’t prevent concussions. If you get hit hard enough, you risk being hospitalised.  It’s hard, if not impossible to find an affordable helmet. Actually, protective gear can be pretty expensive. Maybe so, but that’s not a good reason to skimp out on something that can save your life. Don’t buy the most expensive helmet that money can buy, yet get a good piece of protective gear. Helmets such as Bell and Fly are available anywhere. There are some of the best products on the market, meaning that they’re worth the price.  Boots are another thing to place on your shopping list. They protect your feet and ankles, which can get caught between the ground and the foot peg. Additionally, if you wear boots on your dirt bike, it will be easier for you to maintain your overall position. A good pair of boots will protect you against hazards and ensure good stability. Boots may all look the same on the outside, but they’re not the same inside, so choose carefully.      Find a local riding club   At times, you may feel lonely. Nobody in your entourage shares your passion for riding dirt bikes. Why don’t you join a riding club? You can make new friends with open-minded people and, most importantly, get a better idea of what it’s like to own a dirt bike. The best part of all is that you have land and places to go ride when you feel like it. You don’t have a specific schedule to follow. Find out if there are any motorcycle riding clubs in your area.  Get an idea of what the club has to offer before becoming a member. Go to a meeting or talk to one of the club members. Some of the benefits offered by dirt bike riding clubs are access to local events at affordable entry fees and guidance and training and education courses. The conditions for joining the dirt bike riding club are clearly set out in the association’s constitution. If you want you could set up your own club. It’s not a bad idea you know.     Maintain your dirt bike to prolong its life    The dirt bike needs a little tender loving care. Routine maintenance is of the essence because it helps prevent mechanical failure, accidents, not to mention costly repairs. You’re not much of a mechanic, but there are little things you can do to keep the ride running smoothly for as long as possible. Here are some tips to keep in mind:  Change the oil regularly – It’s just like changing the oil on your car, the only difference is that you don’t have to get under the hood. Fresh oil safeguards the parts and keeps them lubricated. Generally, dirt bikes require an oil change every 8 hours of riding.  Inspect and clean the chain – If the chain is over tightened, the mechanical linkages will stretch and eventually break. Check the chain tension and ensure everything is alright. If the chain is muddy, let the mud dry and remove it with a nylon brush. Invest in a high-quality lube.  Charge the dirt bike battery – During the winter, you’ll want to put the battery on a trickle charger. Charge the battery up full before storing the ride in the garage. After the long winter months, it’s necessary to charge the battery once again.    Insurance is part of being a responsible dirt bike owner    If you want to be a responsible dirt bike owner, buy insurance. An insurance plan offers protection that is specially designed for your riding situation. If your bike gets damaged, you’re financially responsible, so it’s worth looking into dirt bike insurance options. A comprehensive coverage plan covers legal liability, accidental damage, theft, fire, and so on. Many types of coverage plans exist, so figure out what you need.  No matter your riding plans, there is an insurance policy to meet your needs and expectations. Generally speaking, premiums are affordable and some insurers even offer discounts on existing policies. Dirt bike coverage is available for both registered and non-registered motorcycles. In some countries, dirt bike insurance is mandatory. If you drive an off-road vehicle in Australia, you’ll need insurance.  The cost of the premiums depends on the type of motorcycle, your age, and how much you ride. All in all, coverage doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Even if it did, there’s nothing more important than security. When you’re not using the dirt bike, keep it in the garage. Let your insurer know you keep the ride in a safe place at all times.  If you’re a first-time dirt-bike owner, then you’ve got a lot to learn. You’ll soon discover that being a motorcycle owner is the best thing ever. Your journeys don’t depend on anyone but yourself. Plus, it makes you feel better. You’ll notice a massive improvement in your mood and health. Go out there and start riding.
    2409 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • What could be better than having your own dirt bike? You can learn new riding techniques that can be transferred onto the road, not to mention that you enjoy total freedom. Buy a motorcycle already. It doesn’t have to be as powerful as a KTM. Get yourself any kind of ride. If you have been toying with the idea of picking up a dirt bike for some time now, don’t waste any more time and look for a good price.  There are some things you should know when becoming the proud new owner of a dirt bike. Check to see what is there to know. Maybe you knew some of these things, maybe you didn’t. Either way, it’s worth reading.   From the helmet to the boots, you have to be protected     Sometimes when riding your dirt bike, accidents can happen Therefore, selecting the right protective gear is paramount. It will keep you safe on the road and, in case you happen to crash, you won’t end up severely injured.  The helmet will protect you from head injuries during a fall or collision. Unfortunately, it can’t prevent concussions. If you get hit hard enough, you risk being hospitalised.  It’s hard, if not impossible to find an affordable helmet. Actually, protective gear can be pretty expensive. Maybe so, but that’s not a good reason to skimp out on something that can save your life. Don’t buy the most expensive helmet that money can buy, yet get a good piece of protective gear. Helmets such as Bell and Fly are available anywhere. There are some of the best products on the market, meaning that they’re worth the price.  Boots are another thing to place on your shopping list. They protect your feet and ankles, which can get caught between the ground and the foot peg. Additionally, if you wear boots on your dirt bike, it will be easier for you to maintain your overall position. A good pair of boots will protect you against hazards and ensure good stability. Boots may all look the same on the outside, but they’re not the same inside, so choose carefully.      Find a local riding club   At times, you may feel lonely. Nobody in your entourage shares your passion for riding dirt bikes. Why don’t you join a riding club? You can make new friends with open-minded people and, most importantly, get a better idea of what it’s like to own a dirt bike. The best part of all is that you have land and places to go ride when you feel like it. You don’t have a specific schedule to follow. Find out if there are any motorcycle riding clubs in your area.  Get an idea of what the club has to offer before becoming a member. Go to a meeting or talk to one of the club members. Some of the benefits offered by dirt bike riding clubs are access to local events at affordable entry fees and guidance and training and education courses. The conditions for joining the dirt bike riding club are clearly set out in the association’s constitution. If you want you could set up your own club. It’s not a bad idea you know.     Maintain your dirt bike to prolong its life    The dirt bike needs a little tender loving care. Routine maintenance is of the essence because it helps prevent mechanical failure, accidents, not to mention costly repairs. You’re not much of a mechanic, but there are little things you can do to keep the ride running smoothly for as long as possible. Here are some tips to keep in mind:  Change the oil regularly – It’s just like changing the oil on your car, the only difference is that you don’t have to get under the hood. Fresh oil safeguards the parts and keeps them lubricated. Generally, dirt bikes require an oil change every 8 hours of riding.  Inspect and clean the chain – If the chain is over tightened, the mechanical linkages will stretch and eventually break. Check the chain tension and ensure everything is alright. If the chain is muddy, let the mud dry and remove it with a nylon brush. Invest in a high-quality lube.  Charge the dirt bike battery – During the winter, you’ll want to put the battery on a trickle charger. Charge the battery up full before storing the ride in the garage. After the long winter months, it’s necessary to charge the battery once again.    Insurance is part of being a responsible dirt bike owner    If you want to be a responsible dirt bike owner, buy insurance. An insurance plan offers protection that is specially designed for your riding situation. If your bike gets damaged, you’re financially responsible, so it’s worth looking into dirt bike insurance options. A comprehensive coverage plan covers legal liability, accidental damage, theft, fire, and so on. Many types of coverage plans exist, so figure out what you need.  No matter your riding plans, there is an insurance policy to meet your needs and expectations. Generally speaking, premiums are affordable and some insurers even offer discounts on existing policies. Dirt bike coverage is available for both registered and non-registered motorcycles. In some countries, dirt bike insurance is mandatory. If you drive an off-road vehicle in Australia, you’ll need insurance.  The cost of the premiums depends on the type of motorcycle, your age, and how much you ride. All in all, coverage doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Even if it did, there’s nothing more important than security. When you’re not using the dirt bike, keep it in the garage. Let your insurer know you keep the ride in a safe place at all times.  If you’re a first-time dirt-bike owner, then you’ve got a lot to learn. You’ll soon discover that being a motorcycle owner is the best thing ever. Your journeys don’t depend on anyone but yourself. Plus, it makes you feel better. You’ll notice a massive improvement in your mood and health. Go out there and start riding.
    Apr 22, 2020 2409
  • 17 Apr 2020
    Let us ask you this, would you rather watch a video or read a 3000 words blog?  Except for reading lovers, people prefer videos and stats prove it. Cisco, a global technology organisation revealed that in 2020, over 80% of all the web traffic is video.  Do you still have doubts video is a big thing? Have you ever wondered how many users does YouTube have? It gets one-third of the total internet users, over a billion individuals. People upload in 30 days more video content than a major TV network creates in 30 years. Let us put it this way, every 60 seconds, Internet users upload to YouTube 72 hours of video.  Organisations worldwide (90% of online marketers more exactly) use corporate videos to connect with clients, engage buyers, boost sales, and attract possible employees.  It’s a bold (but not smart) choice to neglect corporate video creation these days because data shows it’s one of the best tools you can use to stand out on the market.  Here are our top picks of corporate videos all brands should use not to lose ground to their competitors.  Brand videos Brand videos offer the public an overview of your business because they tell your brand’s story. Over 60% of purchasers buy a product after they watch branded social videos. Brand videos engage customers because they share your mission, goals, vision, milestones, and creation of products.  However, every organisation can make brand videos, so how can you stand out from your competitors? Create authentic content that engages audiences and works as a bridge between the brand and the public. Establish what branding elements make your business unique and transform them into selling propositions. Stay away from technical terms and don’t share too many details about products. Brand videos rely on emotion to create a corporate reputation and engage the public.  Lately, companies are using comedic themes to explain the benefits their services provide because the public reacts better to humorous content.  Training videos For growing companies, training videos are always great because they educate new employees and facilitate the training process. Onboarding training content serves as an introduction to the organisation because it provides information in an interactive manner. Viewers retain over 95% of a message when you deliver it using a video compared to 10% when they read a text.  Training videos save time and money because you don’t pay a specialist for a live demonstration, and your staff can watch the content every time they need it. When the job implies instructions and steps to follow, an onboarding video provides useful information and clarifies complicated details. Uber uses onboarding videos to train its drivers and provides even a step-by-step guide on how they can use the Uber app.   Product videos These videos demonstrate how the product works and lists its features. Most organisations opt for one of two ways of producing a product video. They either focus on the product’s features or on the problem it can solve. The first example is harder to sell because people don’t always understand how a product would benefit them, by discovering its features. The second one offers a hint on how their life gets better because it shows how it solves their problems. A creative product video can include both approaches and increase conversion rates. Videos up to 2 minutes long, engage the most viewers because they present all information the public needs without boring them.  Depending on the goal of the video, you can choose from different ways to present your product. Google promotes a video to showcase its functions, that includes branding elements and engages the audience by sharing experiences they can relate to in their daily lives.  Testimonial videos Prospective customers need to hear what former clients have to say about your organisation to trust it. Word of mouth is still one of the best ways to attract clients because it offers real information about a product. Testimonial videos work similarly to reviews, only that they deliver data in a video format. It can feature former employees or clients who worked with your brand and can offer original reviews about their experiences. Because testimonials are from people who worked with you, they have greater credibility than commercials and they are more likely to persuade individuals to choose your products.  Ask people to review and share testimonial videos on social media to help prospective purchasers understand how your products work. Native videos on social media are 10 times more likely to convince the public than YouTube links. 80% of Twitter users watch video content, so alongside the product and brand videos, you share on this channel to connect with your clients, consider also sharing testimonials.  Corporate event videos If you want to create buzz around an event, use corporate videos to reach viewers. You can use past events to promote an upcoming one. A corporate event video captures the most important parts of past events and turns them into a cinematic video. Pair the video with background music to provide the viewer with an immersive and engaging experience.  You can also hire a company to record the entire event and create a presentation material you upload on your website to highlight the most important moments. It serves as a reminder for your public. Including a video on a landing page makes it 50% more likely to show up on page 1 SERP.  Live streaming is another way to draw attention to an event. You can make live videos on social media to show to your followers how to prepare for the event, what happens during a launching party, and how you evaluate feedback.  Include corporate videos on your blog page to attract more visitors because video content attracts 3 times more people than inbound links.  Now that you’ve gone through our favourite corporate video picks you’ve burning ideas for future content. But before taking action understand what your public wants and which of the above examples better fits them. 
    2776 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Let us ask you this, would you rather watch a video or read a 3000 words blog?  Except for reading lovers, people prefer videos and stats prove it. Cisco, a global technology organisation revealed that in 2020, over 80% of all the web traffic is video.  Do you still have doubts video is a big thing? Have you ever wondered how many users does YouTube have? It gets one-third of the total internet users, over a billion individuals. People upload in 30 days more video content than a major TV network creates in 30 years. Let us put it this way, every 60 seconds, Internet users upload to YouTube 72 hours of video.  Organisations worldwide (90% of online marketers more exactly) use corporate videos to connect with clients, engage buyers, boost sales, and attract possible employees.  It’s a bold (but not smart) choice to neglect corporate video creation these days because data shows it’s one of the best tools you can use to stand out on the market.  Here are our top picks of corporate videos all brands should use not to lose ground to their competitors.  Brand videos Brand videos offer the public an overview of your business because they tell your brand’s story. Over 60% of purchasers buy a product after they watch branded social videos. Brand videos engage customers because they share your mission, goals, vision, milestones, and creation of products.  However, every organisation can make brand videos, so how can you stand out from your competitors? Create authentic content that engages audiences and works as a bridge between the brand and the public. Establish what branding elements make your business unique and transform them into selling propositions. Stay away from technical terms and don’t share too many details about products. Brand videos rely on emotion to create a corporate reputation and engage the public.  Lately, companies are using comedic themes to explain the benefits their services provide because the public reacts better to humorous content.  Training videos For growing companies, training videos are always great because they educate new employees and facilitate the training process. Onboarding training content serves as an introduction to the organisation because it provides information in an interactive manner. Viewers retain over 95% of a message when you deliver it using a video compared to 10% when they read a text.  Training videos save time and money because you don’t pay a specialist for a live demonstration, and your staff can watch the content every time they need it. When the job implies instructions and steps to follow, an onboarding video provides useful information and clarifies complicated details. Uber uses onboarding videos to train its drivers and provides even a step-by-step guide on how they can use the Uber app.   Product videos These videos demonstrate how the product works and lists its features. Most organisations opt for one of two ways of producing a product video. They either focus on the product’s features or on the problem it can solve. The first example is harder to sell because people don’t always understand how a product would benefit them, by discovering its features. The second one offers a hint on how their life gets better because it shows how it solves their problems. A creative product video can include both approaches and increase conversion rates. Videos up to 2 minutes long, engage the most viewers because they present all information the public needs without boring them.  Depending on the goal of the video, you can choose from different ways to present your product. Google promotes a video to showcase its functions, that includes branding elements and engages the audience by sharing experiences they can relate to in their daily lives.  Testimonial videos Prospective customers need to hear what former clients have to say about your organisation to trust it. Word of mouth is still one of the best ways to attract clients because it offers real information about a product. Testimonial videos work similarly to reviews, only that they deliver data in a video format. It can feature former employees or clients who worked with your brand and can offer original reviews about their experiences. Because testimonials are from people who worked with you, they have greater credibility than commercials and they are more likely to persuade individuals to choose your products.  Ask people to review and share testimonial videos on social media to help prospective purchasers understand how your products work. Native videos on social media are 10 times more likely to convince the public than YouTube links. 80% of Twitter users watch video content, so alongside the product and brand videos, you share on this channel to connect with your clients, consider also sharing testimonials.  Corporate event videos If you want to create buzz around an event, use corporate videos to reach viewers. You can use past events to promote an upcoming one. A corporate event video captures the most important parts of past events and turns them into a cinematic video. Pair the video with background music to provide the viewer with an immersive and engaging experience.  You can also hire a company to record the entire event and create a presentation material you upload on your website to highlight the most important moments. It serves as a reminder for your public. Including a video on a landing page makes it 50% more likely to show up on page 1 SERP.  Live streaming is another way to draw attention to an event. You can make live videos on social media to show to your followers how to prepare for the event, what happens during a launching party, and how you evaluate feedback.  Include corporate videos on your blog page to attract more visitors because video content attracts 3 times more people than inbound links.  Now that you’ve gone through our favourite corporate video picks you’ve burning ideas for future content. But before taking action understand what your public wants and which of the above examples better fits them. 
    Apr 17, 2020 2776
  • 13 Apr 2020
    Stress and fear of COVID-19 affect millions of people, especially the ones who already suffer from an anxiety disorder. If you are one of those who are emotionally affected by the pandemic, remember that you’re not alone and you’re not powerless. One thing we know about coronavirus is that it’s very contagious, and a big part of the population is vulnerable.  Still, there is good news for you out there. These tips will help you understand better the situation and get through this challenging and stressful time. Understand Your Fear and Anxiety Unfortunately, we’re living in difficult times, where a worldwide pandemic closed cities and even entire countries. You may have family members on other parts of the country, or you may live in an area that has already been affected by the virus; while others are still hoping. Everyone is wondering “What’s next?”. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, there’s no way of guessing what happens next. Billions of people isolated themselves in their houses because of the number of cases of coronavirus. And it keeps growing, with Europe being by far the most affected region, reaching high mortality peaks. To prevent the spread of the infectious disease, restrictions have been put in place, and people have been asked to stay at home and practice social distancing.  For most people, the surrounding insecurity coronavirus is hard to handle because no one knows how bad things might get. And this is the moment when most people get emotional and too easy to fall into devastating panic and stress. Understanding what is going on and what you’re going through is the first step into getting better. Fear and anxiety are pretty much normal feelings through these tough times. But there are a lot of things that you can do, even in this crisis, to manage coping with stress, fear, and worry.  Don’t Obsessively Check the News Of course, it’s crucial to stay informed about what’s happening in your area and follow advised safety defences and take part to avoid spreading the coronavirus. But there’s a lot of half-truth going around, as well as too much emotional information that can only feed into fear and stress. It’s essential to be realistic, so make sure you’re able to tell the difference. Not everything you read and watch is true.  Limit your time spent in front of the TV watching the news. The more often you check for updates, the bigger the panic. Continually monitoring the news and social media feeds can quickly install the anxiety and fear rather than easing it. We all have different feelings, so pay attention to what makes you feel worried and stressed. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and anxiety is a constant issue, make sure you limit your media consumption each day.  Also, make sure you are asking the right people about recent updates and be careful not to spread wrong information to others. Do your best to verify the information before creating unnecessary panic. If it makes you feel any better, avoid media entirely, and ask someone close to you to pass only major updates you need to know.  Stop Worrying Too Much Everyone is experiencing a massive change in their lives. There are so many things outside of control, including how everything is going to change, how people are going to react after the pandemic, how long the pandemic lasts, and what’s going to happen in our zones. For sure, that’s hard to accept, and most people are searching through the internet to find answers and create different scenarios in their heads. Focusing on what you can’t control can only get you nowhere. Aside from feeling worried, anxious, and stressed. If you find yourself completely caught up in a situation where you always ask yourself “What might happen?”, try instead to focus on the things you can control. For example, you can’t control how bad the coronavirus will affect your city, but you can manage and reduce your risk. Here is some essential advice you need to follow to keep yourself and others safe: Wash your hands as much as possible by using hand soap or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.   Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes with dirty hands. Practice social distance for as much as you can and go out only in emergencies. Avoid crowded areas. During grocery shopping, avoid contact with others. Keep 6 feet of distance between you and other people. Help support your immune system by getting plenty of sleep, eat healthily, and exercise every day. Follow all the recommendations received from health authorities.   If you still feel helpless and anxious, try to find a better alternative to maintain your mental and physical health. Online psychological services is a great way to get help and get through this difficult time. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who calls for help during stressful times like this. The purpose is to make sure you do your best to stop worrying and focus on things that matter. Remember that there are people out there that care about you and they want to see you happy and healthy, as much as you would like to see them happy and fulfilled.  Stay Connected with People You Care About Even when you’re physically isolated, make sure you stay connected with friends and family members. It’s vital to practice social distancing even with the ones you most care about. Apparently healthy people don’t have symptoms but can still be virus carriers. That’s why the most important thing to do right now is to maintain social distancing.  But social isolation can come with feelings of loneliness, anxiety, depression, and can impact your physical health. That’s why it’s essential to stay connected with close friends and ask for support when needed. Take Care of Your Body and Inner self This is the essential step in keeping yourself positive and healthy. Taking care of your body and spirit can help you face this unique situation caused by the coronavirus. Don’t go rough on yourself because you’ll generate more anxiety and stress than usual. Remember that you’re not alone in your struggle. Keep a healthy routine by getting regular sleep, have daily meals, or work schedule. Also, make sure you take time and do activities you enjoy. Reading books, cooking, exercising, playing video games. All of these will help you avoid stress and fear. With the right care and intentions, you can remain positive, and don’t forget to protect yourself and others, by changing the way you think. Don’t panic and follow the advice regarding public health and safety. 
    2483 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Stress and fear of COVID-19 affect millions of people, especially the ones who already suffer from an anxiety disorder. If you are one of those who are emotionally affected by the pandemic, remember that you’re not alone and you’re not powerless. One thing we know about coronavirus is that it’s very contagious, and a big part of the population is vulnerable.  Still, there is good news for you out there. These tips will help you understand better the situation and get through this challenging and stressful time. Understand Your Fear and Anxiety Unfortunately, we’re living in difficult times, where a worldwide pandemic closed cities and even entire countries. You may have family members on other parts of the country, or you may live in an area that has already been affected by the virus; while others are still hoping. Everyone is wondering “What’s next?”. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, there’s no way of guessing what happens next. Billions of people isolated themselves in their houses because of the number of cases of coronavirus. And it keeps growing, with Europe being by far the most affected region, reaching high mortality peaks. To prevent the spread of the infectious disease, restrictions have been put in place, and people have been asked to stay at home and practice social distancing.  For most people, the surrounding insecurity coronavirus is hard to handle because no one knows how bad things might get. And this is the moment when most people get emotional and too easy to fall into devastating panic and stress. Understanding what is going on and what you’re going through is the first step into getting better. Fear and anxiety are pretty much normal feelings through these tough times. But there are a lot of things that you can do, even in this crisis, to manage coping with stress, fear, and worry.  Don’t Obsessively Check the News Of course, it’s crucial to stay informed about what’s happening in your area and follow advised safety defences and take part to avoid spreading the coronavirus. But there’s a lot of half-truth going around, as well as too much emotional information that can only feed into fear and stress. It’s essential to be realistic, so make sure you’re able to tell the difference. Not everything you read and watch is true.  Limit your time spent in front of the TV watching the news. The more often you check for updates, the bigger the panic. Continually monitoring the news and social media feeds can quickly install the anxiety and fear rather than easing it. We all have different feelings, so pay attention to what makes you feel worried and stressed. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and anxiety is a constant issue, make sure you limit your media consumption each day.  Also, make sure you are asking the right people about recent updates and be careful not to spread wrong information to others. Do your best to verify the information before creating unnecessary panic. If it makes you feel any better, avoid media entirely, and ask someone close to you to pass only major updates you need to know.  Stop Worrying Too Much Everyone is experiencing a massive change in their lives. There are so many things outside of control, including how everything is going to change, how people are going to react after the pandemic, how long the pandemic lasts, and what’s going to happen in our zones. For sure, that’s hard to accept, and most people are searching through the internet to find answers and create different scenarios in their heads. Focusing on what you can’t control can only get you nowhere. Aside from feeling worried, anxious, and stressed. If you find yourself completely caught up in a situation where you always ask yourself “What might happen?”, try instead to focus on the things you can control. For example, you can’t control how bad the coronavirus will affect your city, but you can manage and reduce your risk. Here is some essential advice you need to follow to keep yourself and others safe: Wash your hands as much as possible by using hand soap or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.   Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes with dirty hands. Practice social distance for as much as you can and go out only in emergencies. Avoid crowded areas. During grocery shopping, avoid contact with others. Keep 6 feet of distance between you and other people. Help support your immune system by getting plenty of sleep, eat healthily, and exercise every day. Follow all the recommendations received from health authorities.   If you still feel helpless and anxious, try to find a better alternative to maintain your mental and physical health. Online psychological services is a great way to get help and get through this difficult time. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who calls for help during stressful times like this. The purpose is to make sure you do your best to stop worrying and focus on things that matter. Remember that there are people out there that care about you and they want to see you happy and healthy, as much as you would like to see them happy and fulfilled.  Stay Connected with People You Care About Even when you’re physically isolated, make sure you stay connected with friends and family members. It’s vital to practice social distancing even with the ones you most care about. Apparently healthy people don’t have symptoms but can still be virus carriers. That’s why the most important thing to do right now is to maintain social distancing.  But social isolation can come with feelings of loneliness, anxiety, depression, and can impact your physical health. That’s why it’s essential to stay connected with close friends and ask for support when needed. Take Care of Your Body and Inner self This is the essential step in keeping yourself positive and healthy. Taking care of your body and spirit can help you face this unique situation caused by the coronavirus. Don’t go rough on yourself because you’ll generate more anxiety and stress than usual. Remember that you’re not alone in your struggle. Keep a healthy routine by getting regular sleep, have daily meals, or work schedule. Also, make sure you take time and do activities you enjoy. Reading books, cooking, exercising, playing video games. All of these will help you avoid stress and fear. With the right care and intentions, you can remain positive, and don’t forget to protect yourself and others, by changing the way you think. Don’t panic and follow the advice regarding public health and safety. 
    Apr 13, 2020 2483
  • 08 Apr 2020
    Taking on a construction project is no walk in the park, especially if you’ve never built anything before, not even a birdhouse. It can be extremely stressful, exhausting and challenging on many levels, not to mention it can take a serious toll on your finances. Whether you decide it’s time to replace the roof, remodel your kitchen, give your whole house a makeover or build an annex, no matter how small or large your construction project is, you must be prepared for what’s about to come.  The idea is not to discourage you from the get-go or stop you from fulfilling your construction dreams, but you must know what you’re getting yourself into if you want the whole process to run smooth and avoid unwanted surprises. There are millions of stories about disastrous construction projects from people who couldn’t finish building their homes, went way over the budget, hired unprofessional contractors or found themselves involved in lawsuits, all because they didn’t do their homework beforehand.   A construction project is quite a complex process and there are many things you must take into account. So let’s have a look at the most important aspects you should focus on before you get down to business.  Asking for permission Not all construction projects are created equal. Some projects, usually larger ones, require permission from local authorities. Generally for projects that involve working on the interior you won’t need to ask for permission. Is nobody’s business what countertops you’ll choose for your kitchen or how you’re going to remodel your bathroom.  But exterior projects are something else. Let’s say you want to add an extension to your house. You’ll definitely have to contact the local planning office in this situation and inform them of your plans. You wouldn’t want the authorities to pay you a visit while you’re in the middle of the project and tell you to stop all work. And keep in mind that even for some interior projects you might need planning permission. So before you start knocking down walls, make sure you’re following local regulations.  Planning your budget  Most construction projects, even the less complicated ones, need a healthy budget to back them up. Don’t start something without having the necessary funds in place because relying on money that you don’t already have in the idea that you’ll manage finances as you go can spell disaster for your plans.  Instead you must put down on paper all the expenses involved, from the materials you need to contractor fees and come up with a budget that is as accurate as possible.  Even if you decide to be the handyman and do everything or part of the work yourself to cut down on costs, you’ll still have to pay for the right equipment. Let’s say you want to work on the roof, so you need to hire professional equipment from a company like UK Forks to get the job done. You should take all these expenses into consideration.  Besides, it’s already common knowledge that most construction projects inevitably go over the budget. That’s why it’s best to have some extra funds put aside for unexpected situations. Think of it as a safety net that can save you from tricky situations.  It’s going to get messy  You can build a tree house or you can add a second story to your house – there’s going to be a lot of mess involved. Obviously, the larger the project, the more mess you’ll have to deal with, but it’s something that you simply can’t avoid. Prepare yourself mentally to be surrounded by tools, noise and leftover materials throughout the project. The question is how can you get rid of all the waste that will inevitably accumulate? It’s going to be time consuming and difficult to dispose of it yourself. That’s why it’s best to look for a skip hire service, so you’ll have one less thing to worry about.  Work with professionals No matter how much of a handyman you are, sometimes you can’t do it all by yourself. That’s when you need to look for reliable people to work with who will help you complete your dream project. You should hire professionals in every domain, from architects to designers, plumbers or electricians who can provide quality services and give you peace of mind. It’s not easy to find the right contractors, so you must put some effort into it and make sure that the people you take in your team are trustworthy. Do a bit of research and get to know them before you sign a contract. It’s always a good idea to read reviews or talk to other clients they have worked with to help you decide.  Project management If you’ve decided to leave it all in the hands of the contractors, don’t assume your job is done and you can go sip a cocktail while they’re working for you. Someone has to supervise all the tasks and manage the project every step of the way. If you have a full-time job and you don’t have enough time to oversee the project yourself, you must find someone to do it for you. For smaller projects you can ask a family member or friend to help you out, but for more complex projects you’ll need a construction manager to run the show. That way you’ll know the work will be done on time and you can move on with your life.  Stay grounded  It’s not easy to keep calm and carry on when you’re dealing with a construction project and things don’t go as planned. The reality is that most of the time, things won’t go as planned. There are so many variables and millions of things that can go wrong and you simply can’t control everything. It’s important to know your limits and only take on tasks that you are able to handle, just as it’s important to manage your stress levels and accept the chaos and uncertainty that come with the job. You must expect the unexpected and try to approach each situation with calm and patience if you want to maintain your sanity. 
    2257 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Taking on a construction project is no walk in the park, especially if you’ve never built anything before, not even a birdhouse. It can be extremely stressful, exhausting and challenging on many levels, not to mention it can take a serious toll on your finances. Whether you decide it’s time to replace the roof, remodel your kitchen, give your whole house a makeover or build an annex, no matter how small or large your construction project is, you must be prepared for what’s about to come.  The idea is not to discourage you from the get-go or stop you from fulfilling your construction dreams, but you must know what you’re getting yourself into if you want the whole process to run smooth and avoid unwanted surprises. There are millions of stories about disastrous construction projects from people who couldn’t finish building their homes, went way over the budget, hired unprofessional contractors or found themselves involved in lawsuits, all because they didn’t do their homework beforehand.   A construction project is quite a complex process and there are many things you must take into account. So let’s have a look at the most important aspects you should focus on before you get down to business.  Asking for permission Not all construction projects are created equal. Some projects, usually larger ones, require permission from local authorities. Generally for projects that involve working on the interior you won’t need to ask for permission. Is nobody’s business what countertops you’ll choose for your kitchen or how you’re going to remodel your bathroom.  But exterior projects are something else. Let’s say you want to add an extension to your house. You’ll definitely have to contact the local planning office in this situation and inform them of your plans. You wouldn’t want the authorities to pay you a visit while you’re in the middle of the project and tell you to stop all work. And keep in mind that even for some interior projects you might need planning permission. So before you start knocking down walls, make sure you’re following local regulations.  Planning your budget  Most construction projects, even the less complicated ones, need a healthy budget to back them up. Don’t start something without having the necessary funds in place because relying on money that you don’t already have in the idea that you’ll manage finances as you go can spell disaster for your plans.  Instead you must put down on paper all the expenses involved, from the materials you need to contractor fees and come up with a budget that is as accurate as possible.  Even if you decide to be the handyman and do everything or part of the work yourself to cut down on costs, you’ll still have to pay for the right equipment. Let’s say you want to work on the roof, so you need to hire professional equipment from a company like UK Forks to get the job done. You should take all these expenses into consideration.  Besides, it’s already common knowledge that most construction projects inevitably go over the budget. That’s why it’s best to have some extra funds put aside for unexpected situations. Think of it as a safety net that can save you from tricky situations.  It’s going to get messy  You can build a tree house or you can add a second story to your house – there’s going to be a lot of mess involved. Obviously, the larger the project, the more mess you’ll have to deal with, but it’s something that you simply can’t avoid. Prepare yourself mentally to be surrounded by tools, noise and leftover materials throughout the project. The question is how can you get rid of all the waste that will inevitably accumulate? It’s going to be time consuming and difficult to dispose of it yourself. That’s why it’s best to look for a skip hire service, so you’ll have one less thing to worry about.  Work with professionals No matter how much of a handyman you are, sometimes you can’t do it all by yourself. That’s when you need to look for reliable people to work with who will help you complete your dream project. You should hire professionals in every domain, from architects to designers, plumbers or electricians who can provide quality services and give you peace of mind. It’s not easy to find the right contractors, so you must put some effort into it and make sure that the people you take in your team are trustworthy. Do a bit of research and get to know them before you sign a contract. It’s always a good idea to read reviews or talk to other clients they have worked with to help you decide.  Project management If you’ve decided to leave it all in the hands of the contractors, don’t assume your job is done and you can go sip a cocktail while they’re working for you. Someone has to supervise all the tasks and manage the project every step of the way. If you have a full-time job and you don’t have enough time to oversee the project yourself, you must find someone to do it for you. For smaller projects you can ask a family member or friend to help you out, but for more complex projects you’ll need a construction manager to run the show. That way you’ll know the work will be done on time and you can move on with your life.  Stay grounded  It’s not easy to keep calm and carry on when you’re dealing with a construction project and things don’t go as planned. The reality is that most of the time, things won’t go as planned. There are so many variables and millions of things that can go wrong and you simply can’t control everything. It’s important to know your limits and only take on tasks that you are able to handle, just as it’s important to manage your stress levels and accept the chaos and uncertainty that come with the job. You must expect the unexpected and try to approach each situation with calm and patience if you want to maintain your sanity. 
    Apr 08, 2020 2257
  • 11 Mar 2020
    An office renovation is a time of excitement for any business. Even though the headquarters remains unmoved, a renovation still represents a fresh start and a chance to breathe new life over the company’s identity. The reasons for an office renovation can be many. Maybe you need to make room for the team to grow, or the space simply does not resonate with the company image anymore. Whatever the reasons may be, before you start tearing down walls and floors, there are some things you need to take into consideration.  Now, I won’t tell you how to completely redesign your office, but the following advice is meant to help you make some changes that will boost employee satisfaction and productivity.  Maximize lighting, both natural and artificial  I’m going to start with lighting because I can not stress how important it is for an office space to be well lit up. Employees spend several hours a day in front of a computer, or reading documents. Bad lighting can take a toll on your employees’ eyes, reducing productivity and increasing the risk of developing eye problems.  Start by installing an efficient lighting system that has just enough light fixtures to illuminate key areas in the office, such as employee desks, common spaces, and conference rooms.  Another way to maximize lighting is to combine artificial and natural light sources. Consider replacing the windows with some larger ones, to not only bring in more sunlight but also create the illusion of space. It may sound like a complicated process, but the outcome will be worth it.  If you are not going to replace windows, then consider giving them a thorough cleaning at least, to allow light to pass through. Hiring a spider lift so that your cleaning staff has access to high areas is all you need.  Include collaborative, as well as private workspaces If your office has cubicles, now is the time to consider ditching them completely. Employees certainly don’t enjoy being trapped in a cube for 8 hours a day, plus they take up a lot of space. Instead, why not go for large tables that fit 6-8 employees? These will take up much little space and make the place look less crowded.  If people need to work alone from time to time, either because they need to be on the phone for longer, or they simply need a quiet space, you can also design some individual offices that employees can use.  Allow people to have the option to work in a collaborative, as well as in a private working space from time to time. This will boost productivity and help maximize the space you have available.  Consider switching to glass walls Another great way to make the space seem larger is to use glass walls. You have probably seen this in a lot of offices from movies and TV shows, where they have conference rooms surrounded by glass walls instead of concrete. This gives out the illusion of a much bigger and brighter office space, plus it looks more modern and appealing. You can also use glass walls to separate an open-space office into smaller office rooms. This way, you get every team working together in the same space, but also provide privacy for each department to work on their tasks.  Make use of vertical spaces If you have a small office, why not leave the floor as free as possible and consider installing some shelves on the walls for storage? Wall desks can have drawers and shelves above them, to still maintain the necessary storage space. If you have a storage room, why not build shelves all up to the ceiling and install a library staircase to access everything? Remember the huge library they had in the infamous TV series, Suits? Now, I know that may take a lot of financial resources to build, but you can draw inspiration from it at least.  Bring some color into the office space You may think that keeping everything as neutral as possible when it comes to colors will show more professionalism, but that’s not necessarily the case. Now is a good moment to bring some color into the office and turn the place into something inspiring.  No, I’m not saying you should paint each room a different color, but an accent wall or some murals should do it. Avoid sticking to whites or grays, as they will only make the office seem more bland. Instead, go for colors such as green, blue, orange or light purple, as they are more subtle, but can turn the space around.  If you don’t want to paint the walls, maybe go for some interesting wall art? Big paintings, that will brighten up the space, or a plant wall to keep things fresh can be a great option.  Allow employees to be creative Even though you will probably take care of most of the renovation process, remember that you are not the only one working there. Allow employees to show their creativity and be a part of the process as well. Let them personalize their office space to their own likings, let them bring plants, hand up photos on their walls and make the space feel closer to home. After all, they are spending a good part of their day there, so they need to feel comfortable.  Another way to get them to e involved in the process is to ask for suggestions before the renovation begins. Ask them to come up with ideas and go through the list when making the renovation plan. Chances are, you will see a number of repetitive ideas, which means there are some issues that need to be taken care of.  An office renovation is a perfect opportunity to not only maximize office space and make the most out of what you got. It is also the moment to let creativity shine and transform the office into an enjoyable place for you, for the employees, and for the clients as well. 
    2191 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • An office renovation is a time of excitement for any business. Even though the headquarters remains unmoved, a renovation still represents a fresh start and a chance to breathe new life over the company’s identity. The reasons for an office renovation can be many. Maybe you need to make room for the team to grow, or the space simply does not resonate with the company image anymore. Whatever the reasons may be, before you start tearing down walls and floors, there are some things you need to take into consideration.  Now, I won’t tell you how to completely redesign your office, but the following advice is meant to help you make some changes that will boost employee satisfaction and productivity.  Maximize lighting, both natural and artificial  I’m going to start with lighting because I can not stress how important it is for an office space to be well lit up. Employees spend several hours a day in front of a computer, or reading documents. Bad lighting can take a toll on your employees’ eyes, reducing productivity and increasing the risk of developing eye problems.  Start by installing an efficient lighting system that has just enough light fixtures to illuminate key areas in the office, such as employee desks, common spaces, and conference rooms.  Another way to maximize lighting is to combine artificial and natural light sources. Consider replacing the windows with some larger ones, to not only bring in more sunlight but also create the illusion of space. It may sound like a complicated process, but the outcome will be worth it.  If you are not going to replace windows, then consider giving them a thorough cleaning at least, to allow light to pass through. Hiring a spider lift so that your cleaning staff has access to high areas is all you need.  Include collaborative, as well as private workspaces If your office has cubicles, now is the time to consider ditching them completely. Employees certainly don’t enjoy being trapped in a cube for 8 hours a day, plus they take up a lot of space. Instead, why not go for large tables that fit 6-8 employees? These will take up much little space and make the place look less crowded.  If people need to work alone from time to time, either because they need to be on the phone for longer, or they simply need a quiet space, you can also design some individual offices that employees can use.  Allow people to have the option to work in a collaborative, as well as in a private working space from time to time. This will boost productivity and help maximize the space you have available.  Consider switching to glass walls Another great way to make the space seem larger is to use glass walls. You have probably seen this in a lot of offices from movies and TV shows, where they have conference rooms surrounded by glass walls instead of concrete. This gives out the illusion of a much bigger and brighter office space, plus it looks more modern and appealing. You can also use glass walls to separate an open-space office into smaller office rooms. This way, you get every team working together in the same space, but also provide privacy for each department to work on their tasks.  Make use of vertical spaces If you have a small office, why not leave the floor as free as possible and consider installing some shelves on the walls for storage? Wall desks can have drawers and shelves above them, to still maintain the necessary storage space. If you have a storage room, why not build shelves all up to the ceiling and install a library staircase to access everything? Remember the huge library they had in the infamous TV series, Suits? Now, I know that may take a lot of financial resources to build, but you can draw inspiration from it at least.  Bring some color into the office space You may think that keeping everything as neutral as possible when it comes to colors will show more professionalism, but that’s not necessarily the case. Now is a good moment to bring some color into the office and turn the place into something inspiring.  No, I’m not saying you should paint each room a different color, but an accent wall or some murals should do it. Avoid sticking to whites or grays, as they will only make the office seem more bland. Instead, go for colors such as green, blue, orange or light purple, as they are more subtle, but can turn the space around.  If you don’t want to paint the walls, maybe go for some interesting wall art? Big paintings, that will brighten up the space, or a plant wall to keep things fresh can be a great option.  Allow employees to be creative Even though you will probably take care of most of the renovation process, remember that you are not the only one working there. Allow employees to show their creativity and be a part of the process as well. Let them personalize their office space to their own likings, let them bring plants, hand up photos on their walls and make the space feel closer to home. After all, they are spending a good part of their day there, so they need to feel comfortable.  Another way to get them to e involved in the process is to ask for suggestions before the renovation begins. Ask them to come up with ideas and go through the list when making the renovation plan. Chances are, you will see a number of repetitive ideas, which means there are some issues that need to be taken care of.  An office renovation is a perfect opportunity to not only maximize office space and make the most out of what you got. It is also the moment to let creativity shine and transform the office into an enjoyable place for you, for the employees, and for the clients as well. 
    Mar 11, 2020 2191
  • 03 Mar 2020
    The most overwhelming part of planning a baby shower is picking a theme for the party. What should you choose when there are so many ideas out there? What does the future mommy want? Should you choose the theme or should you ask the parents-to-be if they have any preferences?  Do you lack inspiration? The Internet is the best resource to find a perfect theme. And if you want a fancy idea then you should inspire from celebrities because their baby showers are like regular moms-to-be baby showers, except more opulent. But not all of them like fancy things, some choose to be creative and leave extravagant celebrations for Beyoncé. Celebrity mamas are the best source of inspiration for this type of celebration. Why have a baby shower? If you are the mom-to-be you may wonder why should you have a baby shower when you are so busy getting the room ready, seeing the doctor, and planning everything for when the baby arrives. The answer is that it’s relaxing and fun, and the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your loved ones before your baby keeps you busy 24/7. Parties can relieve stress and anxiety, states you’ll definitely experience before giving birth.  And where do you count the gifts? Babies need a lot of things and your family and friends are more than thrilled to buy something for the little one. Don’t forget, it’s important to tell them if you prefer pink, blue or gender-neutral items.  Who should host the party? The future mom can plan the party, but she’ll probably be overwhelmed with everything she has to do before giving birth, she won’t have time for organizing the baby shower. So, the best solution is a friend or family member to plan the event. Anyone  willing to celebrate the baby can host the party. As long as the mother is happy, it doesn’t really matter who plans and hosts the festivities.  It’s okay to collaborate with the mother to plan the event because you must find out her opinions and preferences. Even if a surprise party sounds more thrilling, it’s better to tell her what you plan because she is already stressed out with everything she experiences.  Celebrity baby shower themes everyone loves Pajama party – for Kim Kardashian & Kylie Jenner Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are known for their extravagant styles, but it doesn’t mean that they don’t like to unwind from time to time. To celebrate the upcoming arrival of her second child, Kim preferred a pajama baby shower because this theme allows everyone to relax and rest. Her pregnancy wasn’t free of stress and complications, so it’s understandable she preferred something chill. The guests filled their stomachs with Girl Scout cookies and hot chocolate. They installed some indoor tents inspired by the Troop Beverly Hills to take some amazing photos.  And because Kim Kardashian is a true inspiration for her little sister Kylie, when she had to celebrate the arrival of her baby daughter, she chose the same theme. Only this time Kylie hosted the baby shower outdoors and she opted for pink pajamas.  Meditation, and some CBD oil for Kim Kardashian, again Kim Kardashian has 4 kids, so she has plenty of experience with baby showers. Her youngest baby girl and boy were born via surrogate, but it doesn’t mean she didn’t freak out at the idea she won’t handle the things with 4 children running around the house. She also thought it’s ridiculous to have a baby shower when she didn’t carry the baby, so she found more fit to throw a party that helps her meditate and relax. And because the baby was soon arriving, she thought the perfect way to celebrate it is to have a little CBD with her friends, to calm down before the storm hits.  She and her celebrity guests laid on mats, practiced yoga, and used infused oils to get into a super zen state. Did it work? It probably did because she is thrilled to have 4 kids.  Flowers and bears for Malika Haqq Malika felt all the love her friends could offer when Khloe Kardashian throw her the baby shower. The event was cozy but lavish because her friends surrounded her with support and love, but they did it on style, with outstanding clothes. For the festive occasion, the Good American Founder chose a cozy theme, flowers, and bears. The venue featured larger-than-life teddy bears, balloons, and nude-colored flowers.  The baby shower decorations Malika had should be an inspiration for all hosts because they’ll impress every mom-to-be. If you plan a party for your friend fill the room with congratulation flowers, balloons, and animals made from flowers and greeneries. And you shouldn’t forget the cake. No party is complete without a cake.  McDonald’s for Chrissy Teigen Chrissy Teigen is famous for her cooking books, so it’s no surprise that for her baby shower Kim Kardashian chose the McDonald’s theme. A pregnant woman gets what she wants, and Chrissy loved her flowers and McDonald’s food. The mom-to-be got everything from Big Macs to fries because she wasn’t shy to share that she craved for fast food during her pregnancy.  It’s hard to imagine that Kim Kardashian smells like McDonald’s, but her entire Bel Air mansion did when she hosted the party for her friend.  Books for Naya Rivera and Joanna Gaines If the mom-to-be loves books then you should inspire from the book-themed party Naya Rivera, the former Glee star, had. She even had a cake created in honor of the children’s classic story, I Love You Forever.  And Naya wasn’t the only one to have a book-themed baby shower, Joana Gaines also has one. Her guests even brought her books to create a library for the baby. We should mention that the celebration was for her fifth child, so it’s understandable that she opted for something more picturesque. The setup was simply adorable, the room was filled with balloons and books.  Here are our favorite baby shower ideas. What are yours?
    2311 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • The most overwhelming part of planning a baby shower is picking a theme for the party. What should you choose when there are so many ideas out there? What does the future mommy want? Should you choose the theme or should you ask the parents-to-be if they have any preferences?  Do you lack inspiration? The Internet is the best resource to find a perfect theme. And if you want a fancy idea then you should inspire from celebrities because their baby showers are like regular moms-to-be baby showers, except more opulent. But not all of them like fancy things, some choose to be creative and leave extravagant celebrations for Beyoncé. Celebrity mamas are the best source of inspiration for this type of celebration. Why have a baby shower? If you are the mom-to-be you may wonder why should you have a baby shower when you are so busy getting the room ready, seeing the doctor, and planning everything for when the baby arrives. The answer is that it’s relaxing and fun, and the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your loved ones before your baby keeps you busy 24/7. Parties can relieve stress and anxiety, states you’ll definitely experience before giving birth.  And where do you count the gifts? Babies need a lot of things and your family and friends are more than thrilled to buy something for the little one. Don’t forget, it’s important to tell them if you prefer pink, blue or gender-neutral items.  Who should host the party? The future mom can plan the party, but she’ll probably be overwhelmed with everything she has to do before giving birth, she won’t have time for organizing the baby shower. So, the best solution is a friend or family member to plan the event. Anyone  willing to celebrate the baby can host the party. As long as the mother is happy, it doesn’t really matter who plans and hosts the festivities.  It’s okay to collaborate with the mother to plan the event because you must find out her opinions and preferences. Even if a surprise party sounds more thrilling, it’s better to tell her what you plan because she is already stressed out with everything she experiences.  Celebrity baby shower themes everyone loves Pajama party – for Kim Kardashian & Kylie Jenner Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are known for their extravagant styles, but it doesn’t mean that they don’t like to unwind from time to time. To celebrate the upcoming arrival of her second child, Kim preferred a pajama baby shower because this theme allows everyone to relax and rest. Her pregnancy wasn’t free of stress and complications, so it’s understandable she preferred something chill. The guests filled their stomachs with Girl Scout cookies and hot chocolate. They installed some indoor tents inspired by the Troop Beverly Hills to take some amazing photos.  And because Kim Kardashian is a true inspiration for her little sister Kylie, when she had to celebrate the arrival of her baby daughter, she chose the same theme. Only this time Kylie hosted the baby shower outdoors and she opted for pink pajamas.  Meditation, and some CBD oil for Kim Kardashian, again Kim Kardashian has 4 kids, so she has plenty of experience with baby showers. Her youngest baby girl and boy were born via surrogate, but it doesn’t mean she didn’t freak out at the idea she won’t handle the things with 4 children running around the house. She also thought it’s ridiculous to have a baby shower when she didn’t carry the baby, so she found more fit to throw a party that helps her meditate and relax. And because the baby was soon arriving, she thought the perfect way to celebrate it is to have a little CBD with her friends, to calm down before the storm hits.  She and her celebrity guests laid on mats, practiced yoga, and used infused oils to get into a super zen state. Did it work? It probably did because she is thrilled to have 4 kids.  Flowers and bears for Malika Haqq Malika felt all the love her friends could offer when Khloe Kardashian throw her the baby shower. The event was cozy but lavish because her friends surrounded her with support and love, but they did it on style, with outstanding clothes. For the festive occasion, the Good American Founder chose a cozy theme, flowers, and bears. The venue featured larger-than-life teddy bears, balloons, and nude-colored flowers.  The baby shower decorations Malika had should be an inspiration for all hosts because they’ll impress every mom-to-be. If you plan a party for your friend fill the room with congratulation flowers, balloons, and animals made from flowers and greeneries. And you shouldn’t forget the cake. No party is complete without a cake.  McDonald’s for Chrissy Teigen Chrissy Teigen is famous for her cooking books, so it’s no surprise that for her baby shower Kim Kardashian chose the McDonald’s theme. A pregnant woman gets what she wants, and Chrissy loved her flowers and McDonald’s food. The mom-to-be got everything from Big Macs to fries because she wasn’t shy to share that she craved for fast food during her pregnancy.  It’s hard to imagine that Kim Kardashian smells like McDonald’s, but her entire Bel Air mansion did when she hosted the party for her friend.  Books for Naya Rivera and Joanna Gaines If the mom-to-be loves books then you should inspire from the book-themed party Naya Rivera, the former Glee star, had. She even had a cake created in honor of the children’s classic story, I Love You Forever.  And Naya wasn’t the only one to have a book-themed baby shower, Joana Gaines also has one. Her guests even brought her books to create a library for the baby. We should mention that the celebration was for her fifth child, so it’s understandable that she opted for something more picturesque. The setup was simply adorable, the room was filled with balloons and books.  Here are our favorite baby shower ideas. What are yours?
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    You’ve heard it millions of time but this is still relevant for many pub owners. Keeping things tidy is the key to success no matter how small your pub might be. No, this will take your neither too much money nor time if you stick with a certain cleaning routine. It’s worth knowing that routines, regardless of their objective are a life saviour, especially for a small business. Pubs have always played an important part in society, let alone the British and Irish cultures where people gather almost every evening to meet their friends, find new ones and “unwind”. No matter how small, darky and cosy your pub might you should be able to maintain its hospitability and cleanness if want to avoid bad reviews. Here are some basic tips on how to maintain that atmosphere without too many efforts.   Care for the Equipment  A pub’s equipment lay at the core of your business efficiency. Because this plays an important role, you might need to maintain it as clean and ready as possible for those tough weekends. Bar equipment is highly expensive, so if you can’t invest in new ones, make sure you don’t neglect what you already have. There will always be tons of liquid to pass through the bar, and equipment that will require much attention from your staff. Keeping this equipment up to date and tidy will help you overcome potential expenses.  A great idea would be to have a reliable contractor for when the equipment fails. He should be able to call or visit you on various occasion to make sure everything goes as planned. When we talk about equipment maintenance, we don’t refer only at the top of the bar but also at the tub and pipes that need to be changed and cleaned often. This can be detrimental for your pub’s efficiency since pubs and beers lines can become very dirty ruining the taste of a great ale.  Despite everything, it’s unnecessary to provide high-quality beer if that beverage travels through a murky tube. This will require a minimum staff training to make sure you avoid such nuisance and it’s not as difficult as you believe, you’ll only have to pump diluted cleanser through the lines and let it soak for a while. After you’ve flashed out the lines make sure you soak and rinse as well every faucet and tap. This simple routine should be taken seriously after each keg, or at every two weeks.  Establish A Cleaning Schedule  It might sound overwhelming for many pub owners but, establishing a quick and efficient cleaning schedule is precisely what your small pub needs to flourish. We’re naturally attracted by tidiness and cosiness, a so small inviting pub at the end of the week where you can enjoy a good ale is more than inviting. To make sure you maintain it so, you should establish a clear, efficient and simple cleaning schedule that everyone can keep up with. A great idea would be to implement a daily, weekly even monthly checklist for cleaning and maintenance that your staff can strictly follow. Remember, there is no time to lose when it comes to business efficiency so, if you simply can’t keep up with your schedule you can always for aged clear cleaning services available in your local town.  Check your daily tasks, see what requires attention at the beginning of the day. Usually, daily tasks may include cleaning dishes and other cooking tools, the floor, the tables and so on. Depending on how you’ll build your schedule you may choose to clean the bathroom thoroughly every week, caring for the ducts and more similar tasks, as the monthly routine should include a complete cleaning of your building, assessing your inventory and such.  Remind Your Employees to Stay Clean  Since your business will depend on this, you should ensure that your staff remains clean and sanitized to avoid contamination in your facility. It’s well known that a bar or a pub has various contaminants in it, from bathrooms, spilt drink and food resulting in sticky floors, and lots of organic waste form your kitchen, you name it.  To avoid any type of contamination, there is a simple solution we’ve all heard kindergarten. All your staff can avoid such issues by sanitizing their hand periodically. It would be even better if your staff uses hand-sanitizer after washing their hands.  Get Rid of the Bad Odours  Pubs from everywhere are famous for their odours. This is not actually a bad thing since it’s an appealing part of the pub culture to have a strong scent of food and beer. Even though this might be an essential part of the pub culture, it’s worth knowing that not every large crowd who eats and drink in your pub, will leave a pleasant odour. To avoid unpleasant smells, we advise you to invest in good quality exhaust fans placed in multiple spots so you can ventilate properly after a rough weekend. Also, with so many varieties of organic fresheners, it would be a shame not to use a few for the sake of your business.  Routine lays at the core of success, and there is nothing that proves otherwise. A pub has never been easy to maintain, no matter how big or small it was. It requires patience, good planning and an efficient routine that will work great for you and your staff. For a great pub efficiency, remember to keep your menu updated, your bar’s fixtures as clean as possible and establish an easy cleaning schedule. Even though this seems very plain, there are many pubs that still neglect simple rules, which makes a huge difference between a successful and unsuccessful small business. Things are easier when you have a dedicated staff and a serious cleaning procedure list that will help you stay on top, so make sure you implement simple, easy to follow rules.    
    2038 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • You’ve heard it millions of time but this is still relevant for many pub owners. Keeping things tidy is the key to success no matter how small your pub might be. No, this will take your neither too much money nor time if you stick with a certain cleaning routine. It’s worth knowing that routines, regardless of their objective are a life saviour, especially for a small business. Pubs have always played an important part in society, let alone the British and Irish cultures where people gather almost every evening to meet their friends, find new ones and “unwind”. No matter how small, darky and cosy your pub might you should be able to maintain its hospitability and cleanness if want to avoid bad reviews. Here are some basic tips on how to maintain that atmosphere without too many efforts.   Care for the Equipment  A pub’s equipment lay at the core of your business efficiency. Because this plays an important role, you might need to maintain it as clean and ready as possible for those tough weekends. Bar equipment is highly expensive, so if you can’t invest in new ones, make sure you don’t neglect what you already have. There will always be tons of liquid to pass through the bar, and equipment that will require much attention from your staff. Keeping this equipment up to date and tidy will help you overcome potential expenses.  A great idea would be to have a reliable contractor for when the equipment fails. He should be able to call or visit you on various occasion to make sure everything goes as planned. When we talk about equipment maintenance, we don’t refer only at the top of the bar but also at the tub and pipes that need to be changed and cleaned often. This can be detrimental for your pub’s efficiency since pubs and beers lines can become very dirty ruining the taste of a great ale.  Despite everything, it’s unnecessary to provide high-quality beer if that beverage travels through a murky tube. This will require a minimum staff training to make sure you avoid such nuisance and it’s not as difficult as you believe, you’ll only have to pump diluted cleanser through the lines and let it soak for a while. After you’ve flashed out the lines make sure you soak and rinse as well every faucet and tap. This simple routine should be taken seriously after each keg, or at every two weeks.  Establish A Cleaning Schedule  It might sound overwhelming for many pub owners but, establishing a quick and efficient cleaning schedule is precisely what your small pub needs to flourish. We’re naturally attracted by tidiness and cosiness, a so small inviting pub at the end of the week where you can enjoy a good ale is more than inviting. To make sure you maintain it so, you should establish a clear, efficient and simple cleaning schedule that everyone can keep up with. A great idea would be to implement a daily, weekly even monthly checklist for cleaning and maintenance that your staff can strictly follow. Remember, there is no time to lose when it comes to business efficiency so, if you simply can’t keep up with your schedule you can always for aged clear cleaning services available in your local town.  Check your daily tasks, see what requires attention at the beginning of the day. Usually, daily tasks may include cleaning dishes and other cooking tools, the floor, the tables and so on. Depending on how you’ll build your schedule you may choose to clean the bathroom thoroughly every week, caring for the ducts and more similar tasks, as the monthly routine should include a complete cleaning of your building, assessing your inventory and such.  Remind Your Employees to Stay Clean  Since your business will depend on this, you should ensure that your staff remains clean and sanitized to avoid contamination in your facility. It’s well known that a bar or a pub has various contaminants in it, from bathrooms, spilt drink and food resulting in sticky floors, and lots of organic waste form your kitchen, you name it.  To avoid any type of contamination, there is a simple solution we’ve all heard kindergarten. All your staff can avoid such issues by sanitizing their hand periodically. It would be even better if your staff uses hand-sanitizer after washing their hands.  Get Rid of the Bad Odours  Pubs from everywhere are famous for their odours. This is not actually a bad thing since it’s an appealing part of the pub culture to have a strong scent of food and beer. Even though this might be an essential part of the pub culture, it’s worth knowing that not every large crowd who eats and drink in your pub, will leave a pleasant odour. To avoid unpleasant smells, we advise you to invest in good quality exhaust fans placed in multiple spots so you can ventilate properly after a rough weekend. Also, with so many varieties of organic fresheners, it would be a shame not to use a few for the sake of your business.  Routine lays at the core of success, and there is nothing that proves otherwise. A pub has never been easy to maintain, no matter how big or small it was. It requires patience, good planning and an efficient routine that will work great for you and your staff. For a great pub efficiency, remember to keep your menu updated, your bar’s fixtures as clean as possible and establish an easy cleaning schedule. Even though this seems very plain, there are many pubs that still neglect simple rules, which makes a huge difference between a successful and unsuccessful small business. Things are easier when you have a dedicated staff and a serious cleaning procedure list that will help you stay on top, so make sure you implement simple, easy to follow rules.    
    Mar 02, 2020 2038

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