How a power nap makes you more productive

The 13th of March is designated as World Napping Day, now before you roll your eyes at yet another 'special day', bear with us for a minute. Have you noticed how modern offices have couches for workers to grab some quick shuteye? Well, those organisations are onto something, turns out that those quick naps can actually make you more productive. Here’s how it works… Most people do not get enough sleep at night. While it is recommended to get about six hours of sleep nightly, most people are not getting that much sleep for different reasons. That lack of sleep often leads to tiredness and an inability to focus on tasks during the day. This is why companies like Google and Apple encourage their workers to take naps during the day, ...

How Nwamaka Okoye found a thriving business in her weakness: The Inside story of Housessories

  One afternoon, Nwamaka Okoye turned the middle-class Lagos home of her parents upside down. To her parents, the interior design was just fine, but that wasn’t enough for Nwamaka. One day when they were out, she moved the furniture around and rearranged them tastefully. She was eleven years old. “It’s my weakness. I have to be around nice surroundings,” she’s telling me in her office in Lagos. We are two storeys up and the city noise is only a distant hum. I take a look around and everything I see confirms her confession. A small white flower pot sits pretty to the left by the window ledge and a minimalist painting of a red lounge chair hangs behind her. Nwamaka Okoye is the CEO of Housessories , ...

7 tips to get the bathroom that perfectly reflects your personality

The bathroom is a special room in the house, it is where you often go to first thing out of bed, and last place before going to bed, at least for most people. These days, bathrooms have also kept up pace with technological advancements, at least in some places. Recently, Japan had to set out standardised bathroom signs to visitors coming to Japan for the 2020 Olympics, but we digress a bit. What is clear is that bathrooms are important and just like your bedroom and living room, you can decorate your bathroom to reflect your personality. Here are some design tips to set you on your way. Colour While most people won’t really care what colour they paint their bathroom, you should. Choose a colour ...

50 Must-Have Features for Small-Business Websites (Infographic)

Why small businesses need websites Websites are a necessity for businesses of all sizes today -- though, surprisingly almost half of small businesses don’t have websites. Still, there are so many design options to choose from and so many websites that it can be tough to know how to stand out. What your website should have Beyond layout and color scheme, there are a lot of features that are paramount to successful small-business websites. Some are obvious -- such as an easy-to-remember domain name, a logo and contact information -- and others are more subtle, like an online chat button or specific pattern for the content on the site’s inner pages. This infographic below shows the best features to have, as well as SEO tips and the technical aspects to consider. 

Business plan templates to help start your SME on the right footing

Starting your own business is so stressful, with so many things to be done, it’s easy to convince yourself that doing the bare minimum for a business plan is enough. There are a ton of business-plan templates out there, so you could always just dump your own information into one of them and run with it. After all, you just need it to get funding, and then you’ll never look at it again. Right? Well, you could do that, but your business plan can actually be a living document you use often, to ensure your performance and growth are on track. Updating and referring to your plan on a regular basis can drive

How to beat procrastination for good

You often hear someone say ‘the best way to beat procrastination is to stop procrastinating’ however, it is never that easy. Procrastination has stopped many people from achieving set goals simply because they refuse to take decisive action. In this wonderfully insightful article, James Clear of jamesclear.com takes us through an effective strategy to beat procrastination for good. By the summer of 1830, Victor Hugo was facing an impossible deadline. Twelve months earlier, the famous French author had made an agreement with his publisher that he would write a new book titled, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Instead of writing the book, Hugo spent the next year pursuing other projects, entertaining guests, and delaying his work on the text. Hugo’s publisher had become frustrated by his repeated procrastination and ...