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5 Easy Tools to be Productive this September

Is September the second New Year? January is a herculean month, what with the post-Christmas slump, disastrous weather and almost no sunlight whatsoever: so, it’s no wonder so many people look for tools to be productive come September.

Maybe that’s why September is now seen as the ‘second New Year,’ the time when people decide to make positive changes in their lives, knowing they have the tools to be productive.

So, as the sun is still just about shinning, we thought we’d take a closer look at how to make September more productive.

Tools to be Productive: Get Saving

 

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With summer behind us and Christmas coming up, there’s no time like the present to get saving. Just like every routine ever, it takes time to change any bad habits and avoid them altogether.

Tools to be productive such as budget planners, calendars and diaries are a great way to help you manage your outgoings. Watch as your debts tumble like autumn leaves with these useful tools to be productive.

Top Tip: Start with the most important things and work backwards – budgeting as you go.

Tools to be Productive: Be More Positive

 

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Being positive and optimistic is an ideal foundation for making your life full and happy. Alas, if you’re happier you’ll be more productive.

Positive thinkers cope with stress more effectively. In fact, they are less subjected to stress in general. Tools to be more productive such as these let you be more focused and concentrated.

Importantly, optimistic people usually live happier and more productive lives.

Top Tip: Surround yourself with positive and confident people.

Tools to be Productive: Organise Your Space

 

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Interior design expert Bobby Derk says, “coming home to a tidy, pulled together space will help everything in your life feel the same way” – and we couldn’t agree more.

Whether you like it or not, the physical space in which you live has an important impact on how we think and feel. Your environment has a huge impact on your mind; therefore, keeping your space tidy, organised and clean is important and can boost your productivity.

Top Tip: Start with something simple like organising your books or sorting your wardrobe.

Tools to be Productive: Look for Inspiration

Instead of drudging through the gut of people making their way to work, headphones plugged in, every morning, why don’t you look around and plan the day ahead. Inspiration lurks around every corner.

When given the tools to be productive, the best employees will find inspiration much easier and be more effective in the process. Allow inspiration and innovation to inspire your performance.

Top Tip: Unplug. Sometimes your best ideas will come when you’re doing nothing.

Tools to be Productive: Find your 2 Peak Hours

 

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Some people are morning people, others are night owls. That said, the modern working environment doesn’t always accommodate that.

The best thing you can do is identify patterns and when you could engage in deep, uninterrupted work for longer periods of time. When you have identified your optimal working time, you’ll be guaranteed to be more productive.

Top Tip: Note down when your productivity peaks and organise your time accordingly.

A Career at Signature Living

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So, do you think you’ve got what it takes to work at Signature Living? We are always on the lookout for like-minded, productive people.

Make sure you don’t miss out on any of our vacancies and, for more information, email us at careers@signatureliving.co.uk or check out our Facebook page.

5 Words to Describe Working at Signature Living Hotel Group

Every employer strives to create a good working environment for their employees, none more so than us at the Signature Living Hotel Group.

Family orientated, unique, daring, imaginative; all words used to describe Signature Living Hotel Group and what it’s like to work here.

So, we asked our employees to give us 5 words to describe Signature Living Hotel Group, and this is what they said.

Signature Living Hotel Group is ‘Exciting’

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Signature Living is an exciting place to work; it is an ever-changing, dynamic – a word our own chairman, Lawrence Kenwright, used to describe Signature Living – environment in which to work.

We work on numerous projects throughout the year and pride ourselves on that subsequent output, however, it’s not all work and no play here – as you’d expect from Liverpool’s leading party venue supplier.

 

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We provide in-house games including table tennis, pool and air hockey, while we also regularly treat our employees to pizza parties, gin, doughnuts and mega discount.

There’s no doubt about it, Signature Living is an exciting place to work.

Signature Living Hotel Group is ‘Scouse’

 

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Lawrence described Signature Living as ‘Scouse’ – and we couldn’t agree more.

Signature Living embodies everything we love about Liverpool, whether it’s our charitable exploits, live-and-let-live attitude or willingness to laugh at ourselves we, as a company, are extremely proud to call Liverpool home.

And why wouldn’t we be. The amazing 30 James Street is at home next to the three graces, while both The Shankly and Dixie Dean Hotel’s celebrate two Everton and Liverpool titans.

Signature Living isn’t just Scouse, it’s proud to be scouse.

Signature Living Hotel Group is ‘Demanding’

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Yes, we’re an exciting, lovely and entertaining place to work, but we’re also demanding, hardworking and we expect our employees to give everything they’ve got – and then some.

We want you to be creative, ambitious and above all, hardworking. Sure, there’s fun to be had – a lot of it – but we also work extremely hard and hold our employees to a high standard.

That said, if you’re as ambitious and assiduous as we are, you’ll fit right in!

Signature Living Hotel Group is ‘Ever-changing’

With countless hotels, restaurants, bars, wedding venues and more, Signature Living is an ever-changing environment in which to work.

In addition, though, no two days are ever the same. Some days you’ll be working with a human statue covered in gold paint and on other days, you’ll be liaising with hugely important people in any of our incredible hotels.

This ever-changing environment is what keeps the job interesting – because nobody wants to do the same thing every day.

Signature Living Hotel Group is ‘Rewarding’

 

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A reward here doesn’t have to be monetary or promotion based; sometimes even a simple verbal recognition is all that’s necessary to spur employees’ motivation.

At Signature Living, we reward hard work and duly recognise when our employees go that extra mile. Such mindset is healthy because our employees are always willing to go above and beyond.

A Career at Signature Living

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So, do you think you’ve got what it takes to work at Signature Living? We are always on the look out for people who are mad enough to be brilliant.

Make sure you don’t miss any of our vacancies and, for more information, email us at careers@signatureliving.co.uk

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How to Make Your Commute to Work More Productive

Whether you drive, cycle, bus, bike or walk, the average person spends around 98 minutes commuting to work – that’s more than 300 hours a year. That said, your day-to-day commute to work needn’t be a complete drag.

Now you could squander your commute to work on social media, Candy Crush or weirdly breathing on people on the train, or you could take a look at our suggestions on how to make your commute to work somewhat more productive.

Create a Schedule

 

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Successful people begin the day knowing what they want to achieve come 5:30pm.

Use your commute to work to decide on the two or three most important tasks for the day and plan on how you’re going to tackle them.

Complete your most important tasks in the morning when you’re fresh and energised – and don’t waste your energy on unimportant emails. Planning may not be the most explosive start to your day but, given you’re stuck on a train or in a car anyway, what else are you going to do.

Mix Up Your Transport

 

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It’s easy to get stuck in a commuting rut – jumping on the same train, driving the same route or riding your bike every single day. While it may add more time to your commute, consider breaking up your monotonous routine.

By mixing up your morning routine, you’re sure to feel more creative and happier. So, maybe try mapping out a new bike or walking route or try catching an earlier train because, you know what they say, a change is as good as a rest.

Listen to an Interesting Podcast

 

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For many, the commute to work is just part and parcel of travelling to and from work each day. How you use that time is, of course, up to you. However, listening to a podcast is a hands-free way to entertain yourself when travelling to work.

From inspirational and informative Ted Talks to interesting interviews and gleeful sketch shows, listening to a podcast is the perfect way to unwind before work – plus, it gives you something to look forward to in the mornings.

Our favourites include ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’, the gripping ‘Criminal’ and the hilarious ‘How Did This Get Made.’

Avoid the Commute to Work Altogether

 

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The easiest way to enjoy your commute to work? Avoid it completely.

Now we know that not everyone can work from home, but, provided that you have the option, why struggle through the morning hustle and bustle when you could stay in bed. Indeed, over 70% of employees now work from home at least once a week.

So, the next time you have the option to work from home and avoid the commute to work, relax, unwind and begin your day from the comfort of your bed.

Relax and Prepare

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Sneak in some meditation to help you start your day calm, refreshed and focused – as long as you’re not driving or riding a bike that is.

Even just a few minutes of contemplation and relaxation can reduce stress and improve concentration and memory. Plus, the good thing about meditation is that you don’t always need a fancy app or expensive gadgets – just disconnect, let your mind wander and float into work feeling zen.

Actively Seek Inspiration

 

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What were you doing at 8:30 this morning? Let us guess, you were probably sloughing through the gut of people making their way to work; and already looking forward to 5:30.

Instead, why don’t you put your phone away, unplug your headphones and observe your surroundings and ponder the day ahead. Inspiration lurks around every corner.

Also, make sure to embrace randomness. Your commute to work may not be as banal and mundane as you think.

A Career at Signature Living

Fancy commuting to work for Signature Living every day? Make sure you don’t miss any of our latest vacancies. And, in the meantime, check out what it’s like to work for Signature Living here.

To enquire further about our latest events, contact our friendly team on 0151 588 0017 or head over to our Facebook page.

We hope you enjoyed our tips on how to make your commute to work somewhat more productive.

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5 Things Successful People do Every Day

If you want to be successful, one of the best ways to do so is to emulate other like-minded, successful people. While everyone is unique, there are a lot of common patterns, tropes and behaviours that are sure to make you more successful if you were to adopt them.

There are no secrets to success. Whether you’re a business person, parent or student, take a look at what it takes to be successful – no matter how you interpret success.

1. Set Boundaries

The word “no” is as powerful and important as the word “yes.” Successful people quickly realise that they cannot say “yes” to everyone and every venture – they know they sometimes need to take a break or, vice versa, need to work harder. If you want to be a successful person then set boundaries and know when to say “no.”

Of course, if you can say “no” in a creative manner that leaves the door open for future opportunities and doesn’t annoy your friends, then you’re onto a winner.

In essence, if you say “no” just as much as you say “yes,” be sure to watch your success rate rise.

2. Keep Failure in Perspective

Not to sound like a corny Facebook post from an account with a lion as its profile picture but, you learn more from failure than you do from success. Success is built on a series of failures and lessons learned. Successful people learn from failures every day and they certainly don’t let failure hold them back. Take a leaf out of our very own Lawrence Kenwright’s book who bounced back from bankruptcy to build Signature Living. 

Provided that you address your failures, keep them in perspective and ultimately learn from them, then you’re on the road to success; so much so that C. S. Lewis once said: “Repeated failures are the posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”

Wannabe successful people take note.

3. Exercise

Some of the most successful people wake up early and exercise. Former-president Barack Obama exercises for 45 minutes every day. Richard Branson, when asked how he stays productive answered: “work out.” While editor-in-chief Anna Wintour plays tennis at 5:45am every day. These people are successful people.

So, if some of the most powerful and successful people in the world can find the time to exercise, so can you.

4. Take a Leap of Faith

The main reason why people don’t succeed is because they don’t try to; they find comfort in the ordinary and banal and criticise those who don’t. Don’t be one of those people who never take a leap of faith. Start that business, leave that job you hate and work harder than you’ve ever worked before, it may transform your entire life.

Successful people fail – we’ve established that. But what successful people don’t do is entertain people with tales of what could have been. Don’t be that person.

5. Focus on Productivity

Time does not equal success. If you are always busy but never productive, then you are not successful. We live in a ‘pay by the hour’ world, however, if you want to be a successful person, you need to use your time wisely and, more importantly, productively.

When your productiveness outshines the busyness of those around you, then you are truly indispensable and, ultimately, a successful person.

A Career With Us

If you think you’re ready to take that leap of faith we spoke about earlier, then make sure you don’t miss any of our latest vacancies.

Also, why don’t you check out our article which explores what it’s like to work here, with us.

To enquire further about our latest events and deals, contact out friendly and successful team on 0151 588 0017 or head over to our Facebook.

We hope you enjoyed these five pointers on how to become a more successful person.