Our Top 5 Working from Home Tips for Maximum Productivity

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With the current situation many of us are now finding ourselves working from home for the first time. We are very lucky to have great flexibility and many of our team are working from home at least one day a week so we wanted to share some of our tips with you.

1 – Have a workstation

 If you are able to, then try to set up a workstation within your home. This could be a desk in a spare room, the dining room table or we have even seen people selling “isolation stations” for those who need their office on their lap!

With many people having to juggle work and childcare you may need to work in the lounge to keep an eye on the kids. If this is the case, then try to make sure you have your allocated spot on the sofa with all your essential items around you.

Explain to your children that you are working and set boundaries for when they can ask questions so you are not being interrupted too much.

2 – “Walk” to work

So with home working our commute has gone out the window (we love the photos of Londoners using their shower rails as pretend handrails for the tube!) but we should still make sure we are being active! Perhaps in your usual commute time you can go for a walk (if you are able to). If this is not an option you could do some yoga or a fitness video from YouTube; Joe Wicks is currently being P.E teacher to the nation at 9am Monday – Friday and we have been joining in with our children!

This allows you time to do some exercise and get yourself motivated for the day.

3 – Make sure to take a break

When working from home it is essential that you still take regular breaks and move from your “desk”. Perhaps set an alarm for certain times of the day for a coffee break and lunch. Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day and try to stick to normal routines in terms of the food you eat for lunch. Snacking at home can become a bad habit so if you used to take a packed lunch to work, try to have the same things when at home. Have some healthy snacks near your desk for when temptation hits.

4 – Stay in touch

Although we are social distancing we can all still stay in touch. We use Slack for team messages and for sharing questions, updates and general chat. We also have a Google Hangouts call with everyone on a Wednesday morning so we can run through our week so far and discuss things on a group call.

Staying in touch doesn’t have to be all business either. We have a weekly “game” slot to play a quiz together. Other companies have been doing their own MTV Cribs and virtual pub on a Friday. It’s a great time to get creative with how to have fun on a virtual basis.

5 – Switch off

Sometimes the problem with working from home is that people struggle to switch off once their working day is over.

In a report from Buffer and AngelList on The 2020 State of Remote Work, 18% of people said they couldn’t unplug. It is important to still have the distinction of work and home life. The workstation in point 1 will help here as well as communication. Say goodbye to your work colleagues on work messages when you are logging off like you would in the office. They then know you have finished and your workday has ended.

We hope this will help with working from home. As with all new things, find what works best for you and don’t be afraid to adapt if you need to but just remember to cover the key basics.

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The 80/20 Percent Rule and Why You Need to Know It

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You might have heard of the 80/20 percent rule in your lives. But what is it? Even though it sounds like a statistical term that is boring, the 80/20 percent rule is essential for everyone, especially every entrepreneur. The good news is that you don’t have to understand its statistical implications to be a follower. In this article, we will tell you about the 80/20 percent rule and how using it can change your lives! So read this article and grasp the most that you can to increase your key clients and your sales. 


What is the 80/20 percent rule?

The 80/20 percent rule is also known as the Pareto principle. According to the Pareto principle, 80 percent of your outcome is from 20 percent of your inputs. It doesn’t make a difference what numbers you pick. There are few activities you perform (20 percent) that result in the majority (80 percent) of your satisfaction and outputs. You might have expected the numbers to be the other way round (20 percent of your activities produce 80 percent of rewards) which, too, is true because there are many activities you perform that generate your income.


Why is it key to know for my business?

If you’re an entrepreneur seeking to increase your sales and key clients, you must know the Pareto principle. According to the Pareto principle, 80% of sales come from 20% of clients. When operating a business, keep in mind to focus on key clients who make up the most of your income. You should regard them as valuable customers since they contribute to your incomes majorly.  Therefore, your business should organise sales in a way where your key clients are attracted to your products and services more. 

The Pareto principle also applies to your employees.  You should work hard on workers who work hard for your business and remove the worst ones. Similarly, forget the bad clients and narrow down your focus to key clients. Make sure that they are happy, and your business will thrive! 

Apply the 80/20 percent rule to your personal lives

Even though the Pareto principle is helpful for many businesses, you shouldn’t restrict its use there. Every individual seeking a healthy lifestyle should adopt this strategy. In life, one should focus on tasks that generate the best results. Before doing anything else, you must decide what your passion is. Once you’ve selected your passion, your path to long-term success will be easy and fun. However, remember to focus on getting the maximum satisfaction from it regularly rather than claiming that you’re still working on it. That is what the Pareto principle talks about! Remember, your satisfaction matters a lot more than your profession. Analyse your lives, and you’ll see how the 80/20 percent rule can help you. Identify your main happiness determinants and manage those to make your daily activities happen in a flow. You won’t waste time on 80 percent of activities that don’t satisfy you. 

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Google and Microsoft will include a kill switch in the their smartphone.

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The technology allows for a stolen Google (GOOG) Android and Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) Windows Phone-powered Nokia (NOK) device to be disabled, making it useless to the thief  With Google and Microsoft on board, kill switches will be available for 97% of the smartphone market, said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who made the announcement.

Newer versions of Apple’s iOS currently include a kill switch called Activation Lock and tracking software that requires a password before the iPhone or iPad is reset. In May, Samsung launched a similar system it calls Reactivation Lock.

Schneiderman issued a report citing data that showed the number of smartphone thefts were on the rise, but that thefts of devices with kill switches were decreasing.

Although the technology is spreading, some older phones can’t or likely won’t be updated. “With the majority of phones still without a kill switch, smartphone-related thefts and violence remain a tragic reality,” Schneiderman’s office said. “Criminals now target devices not likely to be equipped with a kill switch, increasing the importance of immediately implementing the life-saving technology across all manufacturers.”

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