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5 Ideas To Create An Office That Increases Productivity

Whether you work from the office or from home, it’s important to create a space that enhances productivity and creativity. Failing to consider the key elements of office design could leave you feeling sluggish and unmotivated. 

There are plenty of ways to create an office that encourages productivity, so let’s consider a few of the best options.

1 . Improve the aesthetics 

The appearance of our working environment has a dramatic effect on our productivity levels. To enhance productivity try improving the aesthetics and appearance of your office space. There are plenty of simple ways to do this, including:

  • A lick of paint: Give your office a new paint job, focusing on colors that boost productivity. Colors that are associated with focus and include shades of bright yellow and bright green.
  • Artwork: One of the easiest ways to create an attractive office space is to fill the walls with colorful artwork.

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  • Workstations: Look for Office Cubicles For Sale that will provide a modern and stylish look in your office.

2.  A healthy environment

Creating a healthy environment is the key to boosting productivity. Studies have shown that improved air quality and the presence of plants can help to improve focus and create a healthier environment.

Designing a healthy work environment should also take into consideration eco-friendly adjustments. Prioritize earth-friendly materials and practices when approaching a redesign. Create green policies and goals, and provide adequate training to get everyone on board.

3. Think about ergonomics

Providing ergonomic workstations helps to boost productivity, but more importantly, keeps employees healthy and safe. Ergonomic furniture is especially designed to support the body, and prevent injuries from sitting. Ergonomic chairs usually have adjustable parts, so that the individual can easily find the correct position. Desks should offer enough legroom, and allow the monitor to be positioned at roughly arm’s length away.

4. Offer productivity tools

The right equipment and tools can help to improve productivity in the workplace, including:

  • Standing desks: With the help of standing desks employees can boost their energy levels, and improve their focus.
  • Productivity apps: There are plenty of productivity apps designed for the workplace including Forest, Rescue Time, Toggl, and Asana.

It’s important that your staff have regular breaks, short breaks throughout the day is another way to improve focus levels.

5. Use elements of nature

The presence of plants has been proven to improve focus in the workplace. The best plants for the office are usually low-maintenance plants, for example:

  • Chinese Money Plant: These are the perfect plants for the office, they are easy to grow and retain water well. Chinese money plants grow to around 20-30cm, they have a bold appearance, with bright leaves shaped like saucers.
  • Phalaenopsis Orchid: These are beautiful plants to jazz up the office, and orchids only need watering about once every week.

Whether you’re running a virtual business or working out of an office it’s vital to consider how your environment affects your productivity.

 

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Importance of an OTP in Real Estate

Buying property is one of the greatest investments a person can make in their life. After saving money, what follows is making a purchase decision. This entails checking out various properties from PropertyGuru, reviewing prices, and touring the unit to verify if it meets your family’s needs. However, due to Covid, the whole process is conducted virtually.

People are checking out properties on various real estate platforms online, till the final process of e-signing. But before starting the process, many people tend to miss out on sending an OTP. This is an offer to purchase the property. Some buyers may forget to send one, while others do it deliberately.

An OTP is essential as it can help avoid future conflicts between buyer and seller. It contains vital information such as the property’s condition, special conditions, any defects and more. It makes a potential buyer aware of what kind of property they will buy and its current condition which can help renegotiate a price. A real estate agent, someone who has outstanding knowledge in property investment is in charge of drafting an OTP document.

Today, sellers are deliberately skimping on paying booking fees when buyers delay in providing an OTP. With this, they tend to issue a new one to the same buyer. This process of issuance has made the government step in by reviewing and updating certain real estate policies.

If you’re interested in this phenomenon, please take a look at the following infographic. It shows the latest insights into how the government ensures that sellers do not issue a new OTP to buyers.  The infographic makes it easy to understand this tricky concept and explains how the new government policies have affected transaction processes. Check it out below.

 

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How To Start A Healthy Fitness Journey

Exercising can be really fun, whether you are doing it alone or with company. However, more and more people are signing up themselves to join fitness programs as part of their daily workout routine. Some do it for bodybuilding reasons, some do it to lose weight, and some just generally enjoy working out a lot. Signing yourself up to a gym program can solidify your fitness plan, but not everyone has the time or money for it. And whilst many people have great luck with a running machine at home, you may not have the space for it.

Still and all, there are many testimonies of people who have successfully designed and adapted to their very own personal fitness plan, even without joining a gym membership. Not that I am saying the gym isn’t worth our time and money, but not everyone has a schedule that can fit in a workout session at the gym. If you are someone that has a busy work schedule but still wants to exercise, take note of this article as I am going to share some tips on how to start a healthy fitness journey.

Make A Commitment To Yourself

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Remember, you are in charge of finding your own balance. What that means is to find a suitable time that you can fully commit to a workout session. It doesn’t have to be an hour long. It can even be 15 minutes of jumping ropes. All that matters is to be committed to a goal, so that you can reach your goal!

Some days, I find it extra difficult to put on my work out clothes and start exercising. If you are not into cardio training or weightlifting, yoga is a great option where it focuses on stretching and relaxing the body. It’s a great way to relieve stress from the mind and the body. There’s also a multitude of approaches and levels of yoga training content available online.

Document Your Progress

There are many ways to document your personal progress. I like to keep a journal and take progress photos after my workout sessions. You can even do a weekly voice recording to talk about your goals and achievements, or how you feel about your progress and etcetera.

Documenting your progress can help you to reflect and to figure out how to improve your performance. It can also serve as a form of motivation, which you get to look back at all your hard work and progress through your documentation.

Start at Your Level

When designing your own fitness plan, make sure that it suits your lifestyle. This includes your meals, your choice of exercise and your recovery process. Working out isn’t just about eating healthy and exercising well, it’s also very important to let yourself rest. You don’t want to go over the limit that your body can take because you are trying to take care of your body and mind wellness.

Acknowledge Small Achievements

Every little achievement is worth a celebration. Celebrate the progress you’ve made and work towards your next goal with better motivation! Even if it’s celebrating that you’ve completed a gym session, or if you ate a healthy meal. Every little choice you’ve made brought you to where you are, so celebrate it!

Don’t Focus on Weight

Focusing on weight can create more stress. It’s very important to exercise for the benefit of physical and psychological wellness. If you are working on losing weight, focus on sweating as much as you can instead of looking at the numbers on the weighing scale.

I’ve only truly begun to focus on exercising when I stop looking at the numbers. Checking in once in a month on the weighing scale is fine if your intention is to look at progress. But obsessing over numbers may lead you to an unhealthy way of exercising.

It is very important to practice mindfulness and incorporate it to your fitness routine. A healthy mind can guide you throughout a healthy fitness journey!

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Need some help choosing an engagement ring? Here are some tips!

My younger brother recently got engaged and chatting to his finance made my think about all the considerations you need to think of when choosing an engagement ring. Its about 9 years since we got engaged however I still haven’t forgotten all the things that I researched thoroughly when choosing mine.

Size

The average price of diamonds depends on its size, among others, so you have to be certain on the size you want.  Whether you choose to stay small or you raise the size, it all depends on your own personal preferences and budget. 

Clarity

The clarity of the diamond is also important in choosing the engagement ring. You can opt to have a diamond that is very clear.  You might even settle with a diamond that has a lower clarity without you being able to notice the difference. 

Colour

If colour is more of your thing, you can choose to buy a coloured diamond instead. There are many people who would prefer to get a coloured diamond due to its uniqueness. Because the intensity of colours can differ, they will have something that is truly unique from others.

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A guide to men’s haircare

When you think of men’s haircare, the first thing that may come to mind is a 3-in-1 body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. Although this is ideal for some, it’s not for everyone. Some men like to take pride in their hair and treat it with various products to give them the hair they desire. Whether they want that natural shine or to keep those ends healthy, there are plenty of products out there for men to use. 

Here’s a simple guide of what to use and when to use it:

Washing your hair 

Washing your hair is pretty simple. All you really need is shampoo, conditioner, and the occasional hair mask. Shampoo washes your hair, removing any dirt build up, dead skin and even any product you have used in your hair the day or two previously. Conditioning your hair locks in healthy, natural oils and helps your hair maintain its strength. Hair masks can be used once a week, or even every fortnight, to give your hair an injection of richness. If you like to dye your hair, whether that be with highlights or an all-over look, you can get specific shampoos and conditioners to enhance the colour.

Styling your hair

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Here’s where you get to have a lot of fun with your hair. With so many haircare products for men to choose from, you can really style your hair any which way you want. Hairspray and gel are the most common products used when it comes to styling hair because they help the hair hold a particular shape. From a side parting to a mohawk, you can really achieve any look with some gel and decent hairspray. To go a step further, you could even include a body builder, making your hair appear more volumized, or even a pomade which improves the shine of your hair. It’s all down to personal preference and the styles you like. If unsure on what styles will suit you, ask your local barber or hairdresser for their advice. They’ll be able to help choose some new styles based on your hair length, colour and even your face shape.

Hair treatments

Depending on what kind of hair you have, you may want to treat it in different ways. As said previously, you can use hair masks to help your hair feel nourished and healthy, but that’s not all you can use. Revitalising serums are very popular nowadays and can be used for various reasons. If you find you hair is thinning or perhaps, you’re suffering from hair loss, the Goldwell Kerasilk Revitalize Redensifying Serum might be the serum for you. This can slow down the process of thinning hair and rejuvenate the hair and scalp. This is a treatment you would apply to wet hair after you’ve just washed it with your shampoo and conditioner. Pattern hair loss is common in men and quite often, men lose confidence when they start to lose their hair. So, if there’s something that can help that issue and help bring back someone’s confidence, it’s worth it. There are also plenty of other products to choose from too, it just depends on what needs you have. 

 

Sometimes, it can be a little overwhelming when it comes to choosing the right haircare products but by understanding your needs and a doing a little research, there’s a product out there for everyone. Of course, everyone has different needs and if the decision process is too tough, visit the barber or hairdresser and ask for their opinions. They may be able to point you in the right direction of what you’re looking for. Good luck! 

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How to Reduce Your Day-to-Day Cost of Living

Are your bills and debts starting to have an adverse effect on your health? Do you constantly find yourself worrying and stressing about financial issues? That’s no way to live… which is why you should take a stand against this plight. You don’t have to be weighed down by money problems — no matter what state your finances are currently in, you have the opportunity to enjoy true fiscal freedom!

If you’re to regain a sense of freedom when it comes to your money, you’re going to need to reduce your day-to-day cost of living. To find two things you must do to achieve this crucial feat, be sure to read on.

Reduce your tax payments

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Regardless of what size house you live in, what car you drive, or how big your monthly wage packet is, you need to keep on top of your tax payments. This is deemed a quintessential component of your cost of living, which means that there really is no way for you to get around it. 

However, this does not necessarily mean that you have to be crippled by tax demands on an annual basis. There are a whole host of things that you can do to keep your payments down to the bare minimum in this instance, one of the most straightforward and effective being to donate your unwanted car to a charitable foundation such as Rawhide Youth Services. In return for taking advantage of their not-for-profit vehicle donations services, you will be granted a sizeable deduction on your tax bill. What’s more, taking this course of action will help you play an active role in supporting today’s youth. It really is a win-win situation!

Cut your food costs

Food is another necessity that you cannot avoid paying for. Fear not, though, as there ways to slash your day-to-day expenses in this instance.

Here are seven things you can do to cut your food costs:

  1. Base your meal choices around what you already have available to you in your cupboards
  2. Become a better cook and learn to whip up staple dinners from scratch (once you master the culinary arts in this sense, you will find it easier to serve bigger portions and save money at the same time)
  3. Reduce the amount of meat that you and your family consumes on a weekly basis (there are plenty of cost-effective vegetarian dishes out there that pack a protein punch)
  4. Draw up a seven-day meal plan every Sunday
  5. Whenever you choose to treat yourself to a takeaway dish (rest assured, you can indulge now and again!), be sure to scour the web for amazing deals and discounts
  6. NEVER step foot in the grocery store when you’re hungry (this will result in your buying anything and everything just to suffice your short-term eating urges)
  7. Don’t be fooled into thinking the bargain section is your hold grail (a product is only a bargain if you actually make use of it going forward)
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How to Help Your Child Learn a New Language

Learning a new language from a young age not only prepares children for studying languages at school, but it also improves their overall learning abilities. Studies show that multilingual children have enhanced critical thinking and creativity skills. Furthermore, language skills can lead to more career opportunities in the future.

If you are looking for some advice on how to help your child learn a new language, here are some great tips from an independent school in London

Language practice

To help your child learn a new language, you will need to encourage them to practice daily. This can be done at home using books and online resources, or you could enrol your child in a local language class. Another helpful idea for home learning is using translation posters or sticky labels around your house. This will help your child to memorise words and enrich their new vocabulary.

Online learning

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There are lots of fantastic language learning resources available online. Many are free and very easy for children to use. These are a great way to encourage learning through fun and interactive games. Help your child to get set up on your computer, or download an app onto your smart phone or tablet. This way you can take their language learning with you wherever you go.

Television

Foreign-language television programmes can be really useful for children’s language learning. Your child will be able to follow along visually, whilst listening to natural conversation and pause or rewind where necessary. This learning technique will help to improve your child’s pronunciation and sentence structure.

Music

Finally, music is an ideal way to teach children new languages. Studies have shown that listening to songs and singing along helps children to memorise the lyrics. So, why not use the power of music to help your child memorise a new language? If you have younger children you could introduce them to nursery rhymes in your chosen language.

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Helping Your Child Choose their GCSEs

Choosing GCSE subjects is an exciting milestone for children; however it can cause a mixture of emotions. It is exciting because children now have the chance to tailor their education around what they enjoy and what they are good at, but it can also cause feelings of anxiety because children worry about how their choices will affect their future.

An independent college in Bath believes that parental support is one of the most important factors at this time. They have helped to put together this helpful advice to help your children with their GCSE choices…

Reassurance

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If your child is feeling worried about choosing their GCSEs it is important to take some time to reassure them. Help them to think positively about this new chapter in their education. Remind them that it is an exciting opportunity to focus on the subjects they enjoy the most. The subjects they choose now could even help to form the foundations of their future career.

Conversations

Talk to your child about their options and discuss their favourite and least favourite subjects. This is really important when choosing their GCSEs, because enjoyment of a subject will lead to the best results. It is also a good idea to talk about what they wish to do after school, such as university or a particular career interest. These kinds of conversations will prompt your child to think about their academic strengths and how they could benefit their future.

Research

If your child does have a particular career interest, it can be helpful to research the qualifications required in order to secure a role in that industry. However, it is also important to encourage your child to select a variety of subjects to help them explore and develop a wide range of skills. In doing so, they are keeping their options open in case they change their mind about their career later on.

One of the best things you can do for your child to help them decide on their GCSE’s is collect as much information as possible. Relevant information from the school and online research will help to make the decision making process as stress free as possible. 

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Top Tips for Making Homework More Fun for Your Child

It isn’t always easy to encourage your child to do their homework; however there are ways that parents can help to make home learning feel more fun.

Follow these helpful strategies from an independent school in Essex to help motivate your child to do their homework…

Create a study space

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To help your child feel organised and inspired to learn, you could create a special space in your home for them to study. Set up a desk area with storage, new stationary and craft supplies. This will help to make the idea of homework seem much more fun. It can also be useful to add a family calendar to the wall to keep track of school activities and events. Your child can use this calendar to add their homework deadlines and any upcoming exam dates.

Join in

Share ‘study time’ with your son or daughter by using it as an opportunity to catch up on some of your own tasks. You could even take an online learning class or use the time for a creative hobby. Sit together in the same room as your child while they complete homework and bring a bowl of snacks to enjoy together. This will not only mean that you are close by if they need your help, but it will also make ‘study time’ feel special.

Make memories

If your child is studying a particular topic at school, you could help to make their learning more fun by organising an educational day out. This could be to a museum, art gallery or a local park. Learning outside of school offers a number of benefits to your child’s education and it will also help to inspire them. Furthermore, a fun family day out will allow you to make some lasting memories.

Show your support

Finally, the more supported a child feels at home, the better you will find they perform at school. Help your child to value their education by demonstrating a positive attitude towards learning. Show your support at home by helping with school projects, quizzing your child on school topics, finding interesting documentaries to watch and praising your child for their school achievements.

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Why Do Practitioners Track Children’s Progress?

The first and most basic answer to this question is a simple one: it is required if practitioners want to keep their childcare licence! The second and less basic answer is a more nuanced one – let us take a look at why practitioners track children’s progress and why it is laudable that they continue to do so.

Early Problem Detection

Even the most well-meaning parents can sometimes cover up for their children missing important milestones, because they fear their child will be humiliated by being ‘held back’, because of personal pride, or for any of a number of unfounded reasons, many of them not clearly thought out, but all having the same result: losing the chance for early intervention. While it is certainly true that all children develop at their own rate, there comes a time when ‘late development’ should perhaps be re-labelled into something a little more serious – or at least, something in which remedial action is strongly recommended and enacted. The EYFS tracking program was introduced to help nursery teachers and assistants to pick up on the point where ‘nothing to worry about’ turns into ‘a minor point of concern’ in a timely enough manner that the child’s needs can be catered for.

Painless Remediation

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When children well over the age of five are found to be in need of remedial lessons, be it in speech, reading and writing, or numeracy, they can feel humiliated, as though they have been targeted for being different. Sometimes they will feel stupid or slow, and their self-confidence can plummet. School attendance, at this point, will often begin to show the early signs of truancy – sometimes accompanied by parental collusion, as, unable to face another morning tantrum, the parents allow their children to call in sick. From this point, it can become a nightmare for all parties: the parents feel helpless and guilty and can lash out at the school; the teachers can feel beleaguered, often with meagre resources earmarked for far more pupils than they can sustain, and the child’s mortification can worsen.

EYFS can prevent much of this heartache by spotting problems before they become embedded, reassuring parents that it is not their fault as well as teaching them coping techniques, and generally preparing the way for the child to head into the mainstream school system with a strong support system in place.

Adding to the Data

Another excellent reason for tracking children’s progress is to add to the data. The more information that can be gathered using software like https://tinytracker.co.uk/, the better understanding the authorities can gain of exactly how children develop, what delays or slows that development, and what steps, if any, can be taken to ensure that the child is given as best a chance of success in mainstream education as possible.

While it is a legal requirement that registered nurseries and childcare providers use the EYFS programme, the reasons for doing so are laudable and worthy of adherence. Why do practitioners track children’s progress? Because it helps every child have a successful education – which offers tremendous hope for their future lives.

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