Saturday, October 29, 2016

Make Your Office a Place You Want to Be In

The perfect office should be a place of creativity, motivation, hard work, a place where important decisions are being made and a place where your professional side is growing and developing. But no one ever says an office should be fun. Work and fun are not synonymous in our culture, but lately, this premise has been changing and it’s becoming more relevant than ever. Employers have come to conclusion that productivity levels are much higher when employees can relax in the office and feel like they’re at home, rather than in a stern, washed-out environment, where any kind of distractions are frowned upon.

So, your office can definitely make effect on your productivity and creativity levels, therefore make the effort and do what you can to change it a little. Depending on your position in the office, and your abilities, start with minor changes and work your way up. If you own a company have a meeting about what would be the best improvement for your office setup. An occasional meeting outside the office could make a difference.  

Let’s start with your office interior. If your office is cluttered, plain, with not a single sign of your presence there, then that’s where you should start. There’s nothing wrong with bringing in a few things to make your life at the office more comfortable, after all, that is a place where you spend most of your days.

You should definitely have some plants in your office, they are the bridge between indoor and outdoor, and they will bring some fresh air and balance to your space. You can go with perennial plants that don’t require special attendance, or few little succulents for a touch of green.

Walls are a big surface you can experiment with. Instead of white, maybe opt for  lighter shades of orange, beige, blue, pale green or soft yellow, all of which will bring serenity to your little space. Hang a few pictures that inspire you and make you feel happy, you can even frame quotes that you like, or your favourite poems. 

If you want to get more into balancing and introducing positive energy into your working space, research feng shui tips, and especially how to harmonize your working space. You don’t have to practice it religiously, but some of these rules can be very rewarding, like decluttering, minimalism and proper arrangement of furniture. 

If you have a nice portion of natural light during the day, use it as much as you can. Gloomy places with artificial light even when it’s sunny outside can rob you of your daily dose of daylight and can leave you feeling drained and tired. If you can, move your table closer to the window, and if this is not an option get a desk lamp or floor lamp with yellowish, atmospheric, candle like lighting, instead of harsh fluorescents.

Apart from visual changes that you can make, you can also adopt few healthy office habits or behaviours. Maybe some of your coworkers will join you for a quick lunch break outside the office, and if not make it a habit of eating in a group instead of in front of your computer.

Sitting all day is the disease of modern world, and even if you’re regular in a gym, 8 to 10 hours of continuous sitting will cause many physical problems. Try to make a mini yoga or meditation breaks. Don’t be embarrassed, yes, work clothes are not suitable for exercises, but you don’t have to do headstands, just do some intensive stretches with a few really deep breaths. That little can make such a big difference.

This was a guest post by Roxana Oliver edited by The Pink Tank.

Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also an editor at Higstylife Magazine.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

insider interview: students of design

In this Insider Interview, we chat to founders, Lindy, Michelle and Anoesjcka, of new shopping platform - Students of Design (SODS) that provides a retailing platform for young and emerging designers:

What’s your usual working day like?
L: Everyday is different, summer has been full of graduate shows and industry exhibitions, I have been focused on finding new designers and looking after the exsisting designers so typically I run around a fair bit.
M: All of our days are different, this makes our work even more so exciting, meetings with new prospects & connections, exhibitions, shows, developing new ideas….sometimes I really welcome admin days!
A: Spinning plates of late. I have a design business also, a two year old and a renovation under way. I get up before my family wakes, make a big strong coffee, get to my e-mails, open for the builders and then off to meetings with my partners, designers, factories and potential business partners.

What was your dream job when you were younger?
L:I wanted to be a jewellery designer, I was all set to study Gemmology but had a last minute change of heart
M: I wanted to be an explorer….I’m always exploring…
A: I never knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to do everything and just couldn’t choose one thing for a lifetime. Working for yourself you have to pull information from various industries so you build a variety of skills which is the answer to my childhood indecision.
What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?
M: Do something you enjoy, when you stop enjoying it, it will become work and you will no longer drive your career with the same passion
A: Start with one thing and do it well from the incredible Mr Giorgio Armani

What's your number one style tip?
L: Accessories make an outfit
M: Never be afraid, try something new!
A: Dress for your body shape.

If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?
L: I'd be an Interior designer
M: Im going to throw in something that may surprise my partners :/ I think I would’ve been an anthropologist…
A: I would pay my bills by charging my friends for my spaghetti that they love, till I make it as a music producer.

If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?

L: With some research and a whole lot of passion
M: Work experience, do a variety of things within the industry, speaking and working with others!
A: If you want to be a fashion designer, get your samples made and call the UKFT for advise and guidance. If you want to start a marketplace make sure you have the right developers and buckets of patients.
What's the best thing about your job?
L:Working with exciting designers and talented people
M: Seeing so much talent, working with creative minds and seeing our work grow! Such pleasures!
A: Working with my friends, seeing what was only an idea come to life and ultimately seeing talent grow and succeed.
What's the toughest part of your job?
L: As a market place we are essentially doing two jobs, marketing to designers and to consumers.
M: Getting out there, biggest hurdle for all businesses
A: Having patience. Its a chicken and egg scenario. When you have the products, you don’t have the customers and when you have the customers you don’t have the products. It takes patience to bring it all together. We can finally say 'we did it'.

Most proud career moment to date?
L: First sale, euphoric
M: Agree with Lindy, best feeling ever!
A: With Students of Design it definitely was our first sale and seeing that the system we built came to life and worked from start to finish.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
L: I'm a believer, working at Students of Design, with my best friends and having helped numerous designers to kick start their careers
M: 10 years…ill be sitting next to these two beautiful women , although we will be a little more wrinklier than now, and looking at all the people we have helped launch their careers
A: In the Maldives laughing with my friends of all the uphill battles we went through and toasting with some bubbles for revolutionising the fashion & lifestyle industry.

Shop new and emerging designers at Students of Design and you can follow SODs on Instagram, Twitter and read more Insider Interviews here and look out for the next.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Insider interview: meditation guru Rajesh Ananda

In this Insider Interview, we chat to meditation guru Rajesh Ananda

What’s your usual working day like?
I am usually up by 6am – and then I check my email messages are a number of our centres at hours ahead of us.  I then do 30 minutes meditation after which I will run for 20-30 minutes or do a weight programme.  This is followed by a light breakfast and its back in the office. We have around 30 events per year in all countries, so I am usually coordinating these.  There is often daily contact with our PR company and I may have to write or assist with press releases.  All of this is interspersed with enquiries from new people and I may have at least one teaching session per day.

What was your dream job when you were younger?
I wanted to be a pilot!  I have traveled around the world several times now and I am glad I did not follow that career, albeit a fabulous job – traveling is very tiring and when I get off a long haul, I am glad that it will be a while until the next one.

What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?
Always move from a position of strength and not weakness.

What's your number one tip?
Be totally absorbed in what you are doing but in a relaxed manner!  This does not mean you will not have objectivity, if you are relaxed, it will be there.

If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?
Probably working in software development or something with computers. 

What's the best thing about your job?
I am instrumental in changing people’s lives.  I can’t walk the path for them, but I can be very instrumental in their change process.

What's the toughest part of your job?
Seeing the suffering of others – when they do not have to!

Most proud career moment to date?

When I made a video in dedicating to my wife and co-founder of FISU to celebrate a big birthday.  It was a poetic tribute followed by me singing to “I dreamed a dream”.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Spreading my message in different parts of the world.  I speak Spanish well and would like to improve this,  so that  I can speak more publicly and on TV using my languages.

To find out more about Fisu visit the website or follow Rajesh on Twitter and Facebook.
You can read more Insider Interviews here and look out for the next. 

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