Travel Essentials

If you are a frequent traveller or just a casual traveller, then you might have at some point thought you forgot something on your travels, or just needed some help on what to do. Then here are our tips on what to pack and how to essentially pack like a pro.

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One thing is to get your dates of travel in order, do you have a schedule sorted? If not work out the time it takes to get to the airport and leave enough room for delays. Why not use our app, to set up an event that will go off when you need to leave the house or when the flight actually is? It can help you stay more organised on the day of travel.

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So that’s the tricky bit done, now let’s move onto what exactly you need for travelling. If your trip is for leisure, you will probably pack more casual wear as apposed to a business trip. Make a list of things you want to pack; it helps to make sure you don’t over or under pack. When it comes to toiletries, if you don’t travel for a long time then maybe opt to buying smaller versions of your regular products. There is no need to take a huge bottle of shampoo and conditioner when you aren’t going to use it all, plus this gives you extra room. Leave enough room, if you want to buy extra items whilst you are abroad, nothing more embarrassing then coming home with an over weight suitcase. I know it seems time consuming but take time in folding and packing your suitcase, if you pack tightly you allow for more room then if you just throw in some clothes into your suitcase.

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Now that you have the suitcase sorted, lets move onto the carry on. Whether it’s a long flight with in flight entertainment or a bunch of short flights with connections in between, nothing is more disappointing then being bored. If you own a tablet bring one and make sure to load it with plenty of movies or TV shows to catch up on. Or bring a good book, you can get stuck into for a long time. Sometimes snacks on planes aren’t always the best and bringing your own snacks especially for long haul flights can be very convenient. If you hate the harsh lighting and find sleeping in economy painful then grab a travel kit the comes with a neck pillow and eye mask. Will help you relax and sleep a little longer, plus its helpful if you have a lay over that lasts a while. If you are stopping over in different countries then don’t forget your extra money, you can exchange at the airport, sometimes the rates can be better elsewhere. Take a few toiletries with you, tissues, lip balm (great for long haul flights) and hand sanitizer. Last of all don’t forget all your charges for your smart phones and tablets, make sure you have the right adaptor to.

 

We hope our travel essentials tips helped you become a lot more organised. Below is a packing list you can adapt and change to your needs. What are your travel essentials let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

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How to stay organised for work

So a few weeks ago we did a post on Best way to stay organised for school (at home and school), and it only seems fitting to do one for those who work and feel they need a little inspiration on how to stay organised for work.

 

Our App

Organised for work-01There are many ways to stay organised for work, so here are our few tips on how to do that. Why not use our app to organise work a bit more efficiently and maybe for everyone in the office? If you have a busy schedule and know you need reminders on those meetings, and who it is for or with then add those meetings into the app. It makes everyone’s life a lot easier and you become a lot more organised. Also if you have a few colleague’s birthdays or work events, then add those into the app as well, could you help so you don’t forget to get them a present.

 

Make To Do Lists

pen-calendar-to-do-checklistEveryday is different with new jobs and tasks to complete. If you find yourself super confused and aren’t able to accomplish goals efficiently start a to do list everyday just when you get in. That way you can finish tasks accordingly to the deadlines, bonus it makes your boss happy knowing that you are being efficient. You can buy notepads that have a to do list format or find an app that lets you do that easily.

 

Cleaning your work space

home-820389_1920This can help in so many ways, instead of working under a pile of papers you can start to file them away. Get proactive buy some folders or file dividers and get things looking more organised, plus you can brighten up your desk with colour. It will help you concentrate better, instead of seeing a sea of things you want to organise. Treat this a time to go out and get some new supplies, no one wants to have a pencil pot full of pens which don’t actually work. Also if you find yourself confused about what day of the month it is, why not get a table calendar it can help you stay super organised. We always need a notebook for new projects and meetings, get a few stock up and also add some flair with colour as well.

 

Laptop tidy

apple-691633_1920Nothing is worse when someone asks you for that file from the project you did two weeks ago. Where is that file currently, its on your desktop with fifty other files taking up space? If you want to get the job done quicker and actually work better, then start to organise your files into folders. Start a big folder for a particular project and make subfolders to be more efficient. You can add any unwanted files into the trash can and you make actually realise how much more space you have generated. If you do have a lot of files which you don’t need at all, invest in an external hard drive or online data storage space. You make your laptop run a lot faster. We recommend doing this after every major project you have because it helps to stay on top at work.

 

We think with these tips might just help with staying organised at work. The important thing now to stay on top of these tips. Let us know how you stay organised at work on Facebook and Twitter.

Android Widgets

We have another tutorial video turned into a blog post for you. This blog post will help you place widget countdowns on your home page on your android device. This tutorial will only work with the paid version of the app. This tutorial applies to new android devices.

Get your android device, pinch in your home screen and you will notice the screen will change and you have the options down below which are wallpapers, widgets, home screen setting and themes. This will be different for other android devices. You will need to go into widgets and because the app is installed already on your android device, then you can select the type of countdown style you wish for the home screen.

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You have a choice of 5 widget styles Countdown+ Calendar, Countdown+ Grid, Countdown+ List, Countdown+ Polaroid and Countdown+ Stack. New android phones don’t have the function anymore to add apps onto the lock screen.

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Here is a video link to the original tutorial. Thank you for taking time to red this blog post, more blog posts on Tutorial videos will appear on our blog. If you have any questions about the app then message us on Facebook.

Easter Weekend Breaks

Easter is around the corner and its going to be a long weekend, why not book a cheap getaway with friends or a loved one. Here are our suggestions on where to go.

 

Brighton

brighton-815306_1280Brighton is great place to go even on a short period of time. With so much to see you are spoilt for choice, we recommend seeing the following places. If you travel by train then make your way down to the lanes in Brighton because are simply magical, so many quirky shops to go and check out. Even if you are not after buying anything, its great to see all the interesting finds in the shops. Why not step into a café along the lanes and get some homemade cake and a cup of tea. The Brighton staple is the fish and chips stands and the mini sugared doughnuts. So take a walk from the lanes to the Brighton Pier. Check out the old school arcades and fun fair rides. If you want to do something a little bit cultural then head to the Brighton Pavilion. There are several rooms to see inside the Brighton Pavilion and an art gallery, so plenty to explore and a great way to spend of your days there.

 

Edinburgh

2016-01-08 14.16.55Edinburgh has plenty of character, and stunning views. Why not treat yourself to a shopping spree along Princes Street. Then make your way to the steep hell up towards Edinburgh Castle. You can see some remarkable scenes from upon the castle. Plenty of exciting exhibits at the castle as well. So many cute cafes and if you like cats then check out the only cat café in Edinburgh. Edinburgh is known for its tartan scarfs and shortbread biscuits. So don’t forget to go into one of the shops and go home with some souvenirs. Edinburgh lights up at night and is worth seeing the city with all the city lights from just in front of the castle. If you are brave enough then why not try one of the ghost walks in Edinburgh there are a few walks to choose from.

 

London

london-palladium-736362_1920Why not stay in London for the weekend? Head into London and stop off for some afternoon tea at the famous Fortnum and Mason. On your way out don’t forget to stock up on some tea and delightful treats for your family and friends. Grab some tickets to a west end musical and maybe a few tickets to a theatre production. There are so many great shows right now so you will be spoilt for choice. Whilst you have some time to kill you can view London by sea and grab a Thames clipper boat.

 

These are just three suggestions of where you could go this Easter Weekend. What do you have planned this weekend? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook.