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Kuala Lumpur as a Family: The Best Places to Go

When you are travelling anywhere as a family it’s not just about ensuring the kids are happy but it’s about making sure that everybody has a great experience. And this is harder than you think. But from the perspective of any parent, fun should be the overriding goal. But when you are travelling further afield to a place like Kuala Lumpur you need to find things that are going to challenge the kids but also make sure you all have fun as a family. Luckily, Kuala Lumpur is a place with so many different theme parks, animal farms, and entertainment galore. Let’s give you a rundown of some of the best places.

 

Skytrex Adventure in Shah Alam 

A fantastic adventure activity place for all sorts of children and adults. If you are looking to stay in the Selangor area, you could find a house for rent in Cyberjaya and truly make the most of this location. But this activity centre is located in the Shah Alam National Agricultural Park and is a fantastic way to put your strength to the test. With 15 challenges with levels of difficulty, it is perfect for families with children of all ages.

 

District 21 Kuala Lumpur in Putrajaya 

Another adventure theme park, but in the IOI City Mall Putrajaya, there are a wide variety of obstacle courses. This one may be a bit more suitable for older children due to its post-apocalyptic setting. The wide variety of steel and graffiti with platforms, chains, and suspended ropes makes it a challenging environment rather than a fluffy adventure for younger families. Upon entering, visitors will go through a decontamination chamber with protective gloves and non-slip socks. And after the briefing, you are free to roam, just as long as you stay on the right side of the rules and proportions. But from there, you’ve got LED climbing walls, trampolines, obstacle courses, and everything you want to get those muscles working.

 

Kuala Lumpur National Zoo & Aquarium in Ampang 

Something a bit more natural for families that love animals. The Kuala Lumpur National Zoo and Aquarium covers 110 acres with 5,000 specimens, coming from 476 species of fish, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, and birds. For panda lovers, two endangered giant pandas coming from Sichuan will delight. The Malaysian elephants exhibit and the reptile park are two other highlights. It’s not just a zoo where you walk around staring at animals through glass windows, there are also some fantastic animal shows held daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. For those that want to get more interactive with the animals, there are also guided tours and a number of seminars. Overall, a fantastic experience for the family.

 

Petrosains Discovery Centre in KLCC 

Based in the Petronas Twin Towers, this is ideal for the inquisitive child. This 7,000 square metres interactive science centre provides hours of fun. This complex is mainly dedicated to petroleum science- something that many children don’t learn in school! While this may not sound fun, its wide variety of fossils and exhibits over its 11 interactive showcases is very popular with school children. Easy to navigate, the exhibits are extremely interactive and you can go in whatever order you want. Never has petroleum been so interesting!

 

KidZania in Petaling Jaya 

This is is something that many parents would probably like here in the UK! It is an entertainment centre that is designed to prepare children for the world of work. And while this may seem pretty dull, this mini-city with child-size replicas of cars and buildings, children take the opportunity to work in more than 90 different types of jobs. From firefighter to pilot, the children have to complete the task of going around the city to deliver copies of the newspaper or collect paper for recycling. While it’s not all about the daily grind that we parents know all too well, there are the things that children will love too, especially the Chika’s Locker Fashion Boutique where your daughter can sample the fashion boutique and strut their stuff on a catwalk.

 

Sunway Lagoon in Petaling Jaya 

No family holiday is complete without a water theme park! This 80-acre park is an experience you have to be part of. With a revolving pirate ship, surf beach and, of course, plenty of water slides, this amusement park is going to please everybody. The different zones also include a wildlife park with more than 90 species of animals.

 

If you want to explore Kuala Lumpur as a family you’ve got to find the right attractions to please the kids. In KL, there are plenty. 

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Every Successful Chef Needs These 5 Things

Long hours, hot kitchens, and tight deadlines. The life of a chef is anything but easy. The good news is that there are some things that can help lighten the load of the overworked and underpaid chef. Keep reading to find out what they are. 

Knives

Are you even a real chef if you don’t have a proper set of knives? Probably not, because sharp, high-quality knives will make all the difference to your work, and make sure you stay as safe as possible too. After all, blunt knives require more pressure and so the risk of more severe injury is higher. 

With that in mind, be sure to shop around and find the best knives for the tasks you do regularly. You won’t regret it

Colour coordinated cutting boards.

While it may seem like a stylish option to have a different coloured board for each type of food you are working with, the benefits go far beyond this. 

Colour coordinated cutting boards are all about safety and reducing the risk of cross-contamination. What this means is that you should have a red board for raw meat, a blue board for raw fish, a brown board for cooked meat, a green board for fruit and vegetable, a white board for dairy and bread, and a yellow board for poultry. 

Of course, with a different colour board for each type of food, bacteria, and other contaminants present in things like raw meat will not be carried over to other food. Something that means your dishes will be safe for your customers to eat, and you will continue to be able to practice your art. 

Proper measuring tools

Cooking is said to be a mixture of art and science. However, the science side of things is most pronounced when it comes to using exact amounts of ingredients. That means estimating is out, and therefore, a good digital scale, measuring spoon, and measuring cup set are all essential kits. 

A reliable watch 

A chef who is late for their shift or has a poor grasp of time is very unlikely to thrive in this competitive environment. After all, a chef with poor or lax timekeeping skills will get behind on prep, burn things, and fail to produce timely turnarounds on orders, resulting in unhappy customers and restaurant managers! 

With that in mind, investing in a robust and reliable timepiece is essential, as is keeping it well maintained. Fortunately, finding local shops that fix watches isn’t tricky at all. Something that means even if your timepiece does fail, you can have it back up and running for your next shift. 

Plenty of cookbooks 

I’m not talking about recipe books to use at work here. Instead, to excel as a chef, you need to stay up to date with the latest trends and absorb culinary inspiration all the time. 

With that in mind, a good selection of cookbooks, magazines, and blogs saved into your computer’s favourite are essential if you want to stay ahead at the top of your culinary game; that is?

 

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Hospitality Professionals Association launches #SleepOverToHelpTurnover as it looks to maintain support for industry’s recovery

 

 With additional coronavirus rules coming into force, and the industry facing a drop off in trade as we move into autumn and winter, HOSPA, the Hospitality Professionals Association, is launching #SleepOverToHelpTurnover as it bids to help maintain the momentum of the industry’s recovery.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic saw hotels and other hospitality businesses amongst the first to close, and the longest to stay shut; conditions which have had, and continue to have, a profound impact on the sector.

 

Despite the influx of trade following the #EatOutToHelpOut scheme, with a second wave of coronavirus seemingly imminent and with further preventative measures heavily affecting revenues, the hospitality industry, having displayed signs of recovery, is very much on the brink.

 

HOSPA then, supported by its members and partners, is looking to help revive the momentum of the recovery process through the launch of #SleepOverToHelpTurnover to help hospitality businesses transition from the peak period of summer and through the autumn and winter months.

 

Jane Pendlebury, CEO of HOSPA, said: “The latest preventative measures are set to squeeze an industry which is already at breaking point. Hospitality businesses simply have no room for any further loss of income and are in desperate need of help. Curtailments on revenue, no matter how seemingly small, have serious knock on effects – from job losses to whole businesses having to close.”

 

She added: “Just this week we’ve seen Whitbread warn of 6,000 job losses. This serves to underline how perilous the current situation is for the industry. The latest restrictions, with restaurants and bars having to close by 10pm, the rule of 6 and further reductions on wedding guest numbers, all add to the strain and leave many at risk of tipping over the edge.”

 

Jane continued: “To try and counteract this, we’re looking to provide a boost to hotels’ recovery through #SleepOverToHelpTurnover, which has a primary aim of encouraging the public to enjoy overnight stays.”

 

Jane elaborated further: “We are keen to shout about the measures that hospitality businesses have put in place to make themselves COVID secure. We want to make people aware that, by enjoying a hotel stay and eating in the restaurant, guests will be providing a huge boost to hotels and the UK economy. Given more and more of us are working from home, a change in environment (as well as the opportunity to use up remaining holiday!) is ever more important.”

 

She added: “We see this as a two-way initiative and are encouraging our members and others to incentivise potential guests by offering appreciative extras, such as an inclusive breakfast, complimentary bottles of wine, free WiFi upgrades, car parking, half price cocktails and more to reward those who engage with the #SleepOverToHelpTurnover scheme.”

Set to launch on the 1st October, a number of industry operators have expressed their backing for the scheme, including Tregenna Castle Resort in St Ives, Cornwall. James Parker, Operations Director of Tregenna Castle, said of the initiative: “The #SleepOverToHelpTurnover initiative is a great idea, which should hopefully help to maintain and extend the much needed support for the hospitality industry. Being located in Cornwall, we’ve been fortunate in seeing high demand since reopening, as people look to secure some form of summer holiday. However, as the seasons change and we move into autumn, this interest is likely to fall away. Encouraging continued support for hotels then will prove essential as we continue to try and make up on the lost ground of lockdown, while also counteracting the impact of the latest measures.”

 

Richard Harrison, Managing Director of Coombe Abbey Park Limited which operates Coombe Abbey Hotel, said: “The past few months have been a difficult time for all sectors, but the tourism and entertainment industry has been particularly hard hit.

 

“We need to make sure that people are encouraged to return to visit and stay at hotels over the coming months and that Coombe Abbey Hotel is still a staycation destination, even as we approach autumn and winter.

 

“The #SleepOverToHelpTurnover campaign is a fantastic way of letting everyone know that hotels are safe, secure and open for business.”

 

Other key backers include Profitroom, a leading SaaS supplier to the hospitality industry that focuses on enhancing hotel revenues and is one of HOSPA’s industry partners. Commenting on the scheme, Samantha Williams, UK Market Owner at Profitroom, said: “In recent weeks we’ve seen extremely encouraging signs of recovery across the industry, especially in coastal resorts and popular tourist destinations such as the Lake District. This has been boosted further by the #EatOutToHelpOut scheme. However, this was focused on eateries – but now we’re hoping to generate a boost for hoteliers too. Many hotels, especially those in city centres, are really struggling – with the latest rules adding further burdens. By supporting #SleepOverToHelpTurnover, members of the public will help hotels carry on as they move into a traditionally quieter period, further aiding them in their recovery and providing a vital boost to the economy.”

 

To find out more about HOSPA and #SleepOverToHelpTurnover please visit https://www.hospa.org/sleepover-to-help-turnover

 

If you’re interested in participating in the scheme and want to get your venue(s) listed on the landing page, please email hospa@hospa.org 

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BUREAU VERITAS CALLS ON HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES TO INTRODUCE ‘STRICTER’ COVID MEASURES AS GOV IMPOSES LEGAL OBLIGATION

With the Prime Minister announcing that ‘COVID-secure’ guidelines are set to become a legal obligation, global health and safety expert Bureau Veritas has advised that hospitality businesses must step up their fight against coronavirus transmission with a more robust and formalised framework to avoid the risk of fines or closure.

 

Speaking in the Commons on Tuesday 22 September, Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that for retail, leisure, tourism and other sectors, COVID-secure guidelines – introduced in May to help businesses safely reopen post-lockdown – are to become legal obligations. This means that businesses will be fined and could be closed if they breach these rules.

 

Bureau Veritas, which has been working with various sectors throughout the coronavirus pandemic to help them implement COVID-secure guidance, has described the move as ‘monumental’. As such, it is encouraging the hospitality industry not to delay in introducing stricter coronavirus measures – supported with formalised systems and processes and regular monitoring.

 

Ken Smith, UK Chief Executive at Bureau Veritas UK, said: “In recent weeks, there’s been much public debate and confusion on the lack of consistency in introducing, maintaining and enforcing COVID-secure measures such as social distancing, the wearing of face coverings and hand hygiene.

 

“From workplaces and schools, through to shops, restaurants and bars, and hotels – in today’s speech to the Commons, Boris Johnson has sought to provide clarity to consumers and businesses alike by making it a legal requirement for certain sectors to adhere to the ‘COVID-secure’ measures announced in May.

 

“The move is monumental and shows that the government is serious about businesses going further in helping to tackle the spread of coronavirus. As experts in helping businesses become ‘COVID-secure’, our advice is clear – firms should heed the warning, tighten up their procedures and processes, introduce stricter measures and monitoring if necessary, otherwise they risk being fined.”

 

According to today’s statement, the UK government also confirmed it would extend the requirement to wear face coverings to include staff in retail, all users of taxis and private hire vehicles, and staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.

 

Ken adds: “At a time when many firms are still grappling with the challenges of getting their businesses back up and running after months of lockdown restrictions, keeping up with and introducing evolving requirements is no doubt an added pressure. For those seeking further clarification on the latest announcement, it’s worth bringing in an outside compliance consultancy such as Bureau Veritas – like many sectors, we’ve adapted rapidly to become experts in understanding the correct health, hygiene and safety practices to protect staff and customers whilst remaining safely operational.

 

“The good news is, many firms already have fairly stringent COVID-secure measures in place, so it’s really a case of formalising a best practice approach and remaining as vigilant as possible to potential outbreaks, as ultimately, this will help to save lives. Thinking now in a different way as to how organisations are run, how people are engaged is essential as remember these measures are there to ensure protection of staff and customers.”

 

The ‘Restart Your Business With Bureau Veritas’ service provides a voluntary, independent assessment of a firm’s ‘COVID-secure’ status, with a statement of assurance issued on completion that can be displayed on its website and at its properties.

 

To find out more about ‘Restart Your Business With Bureau Veritas’, call 0345 600 1828 or visit: https://share.hsforms.com/1tTRe4h7IQZOBHtRBmdDDfg2z02a.

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Industry support, rebuilding customer confidence and technology identified as essential for hospitality following imposition of latest restrictions

Includes comments from Kate Nicholls of UKHospitality
and Karl Chessell of CGA in Access Hospitality webinar

 

In a rousing response to the introduction of a curfew, with all hospitality venues having to close by 10pm from Thursday 24th September, leading industry figures have called for extended industry support and a change to the language used to ensure that consumer confidence is not further damaged.

Speaking during a live webinar hosted by Access Hospitality on Tuesday (22nd September), Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality, noted that measures must be put in place without delay to avoid another round of redundancies and business closures. Nicholls said “Unless the government acts really quickly, we’ve got a cliff edge coming at the end of September, which is when the trigger date comes for redundancy consultations, and it’s also when the rents have to be paid.

“You cannot close down or severely restrict a whole sector without providing support for the people whose jobs, livelihoods depend upon it. You must make the support packages available to the industry last as long as the restrictions that you impose upon us. In the initial period, we need sector-specific furlough to be continued while we are through this period of closure. You need a real solution on rents because the rent dilemma comes to a head at the end of September and, currently, we don’t have that debt enforcement moratorium extended, and we don’t have any support on rent.”

Her comments were echoed by Henry Seddon, MD of Access Hospitality “These are not zombie companies propping up tax claims in other territories. These are businesses that are run in difficult times in really creative ways. Actually, what I’ve seen is an industry getting around its staff and its communities to really deliver for their customers.”

 

Karl Chessell, Food & Retail Business Unit Director of CGA, confirmed that one in five restaurants have not reopened yet, leaving 900,000 hospitality workers are still being supported by furlough.  “The one thing I personally would like to see from the Government is an extension to the furlough because I think that’s the closest cliff-edge. There is a whole range of support packages that are going to be needed and, inevitably, I think there will be some element of role change as hospitality adapts.”

 

A survey conducted for Access Hospitality by CGA, prior to the latest announcements, identified that reassuring consumers about their safety was essential to rebuild their fragile confidence. “The key drivers that people were focused on, unsurprisingly in a global health pandemic, were the level of COVID-19 precautions being implemented with hygiene and cleanliness levels the second most important factor” added Chessell. “Every time there is a government announcement such as a stay-at-home, the rule of six or hospitality must close at 10pm, it dents consumer confidence. People are researching online more and that is where having the right hygiene protocols in place, but also communicating clearly on your website, on your social media channels is really, important.

 

The use of technology was highlighted as one of the biggest changes over the last few months, helping to improve confidence through the customer journey and back of house processes.

“I have never seen such a rapid rollout of technology” said Kate Nicholls. “Things that would normally take three to five years to get through, or you would have ‘it doesn’t work with EPOS’ or ‘it doesn’t work with the other bits of technology’, we’ve now got that seamless integration of technology and the acceleration towards a single portal for a customer. Where you want to use technology is in a smart way to allow your staff to be freed up to deliver better service. That’s where technology comes into its own.”

As hospitality operators tackle the latest restrictions imposed on them, the full Access Hospitality webinar is available for download at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7206644919085714955. It forms part of a week of practical support from the leading technology provider under its Access All Areas virtual conference. For further details and to register for additional sessions, please visit https://www.theaccessgroup.com/access-events/access-all-areas/hospitality/

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How to Find the Best Lunch Options Near You

Lunch. Some call it the most important meal of the day, and we’re inclined to agree. Not only does lunch recharge your battery and get you through that midday slump but also, it can motivate you to complete all those tasks you previously decided to put off for another day. However, for the meal to work such miracles, it needs to be the kind you get excited about. It also doesn’t hurt if it’s convenient. When you look for “lunch near me,” you may have plenty of options, but few are likely to excite your tastebuds like Papa John’s does.

Why These Following Papa John’s Lunch Items Are So Popular

Papa John’s is best known for its pizza, but the truth is that the restaurant has a little bit of something for everyone. Whether you’re ordering a meal for one or want to treat the whole office to a smorgasbord of pies, sides and desserts, you can count on Papa John’s to accommodate. Though you should browse the brand’s best pizza deals and menu before placing your order, it doesn’t hurt to familiarize yourself with some of the more popular menu items:

  • Papadias: It’s a pizza and a quesadilla all in one … What’s not to love? In all seriousness, though, this hearty pocket of your favorite fillings is compact and easy to hold, making it perfect for the kind of lunch you have to work through.
  • Papa’s Wings: They may be a bit messier than the Papadia, but if you have time to enjoy them, Papa’s Wings are bursting with flavor. Order them coated in honey chipotle sauce, slathered in buffalo sauce or, for a neater wing, roasted.
  • Pizza: When it comes to Papa John’s most popular food items, pizza definitely takes the cake. Choose from Papa’s Picks, Handcrafted Specialties or Local Flavors, or make a pizza of your own. Whatever route you go, you can’t go wrong.

Any meal is best served with sides and desserts. Jalapeño Popper Rolls, garlic knots and cheese sticks are all crowd-pleasers, while Cinnamon Pull Aparts and Double Chocolate Chip Brownie are just what you need to satisfy your after-lunch sweet tooth.

Why Papa John’s Restaurants Are Great for a Family Dinner

If your family doesn’t yet have a Friday night pizza tradition, it’s about time you started one. Celebrate the end of the week each week with a meal even your pickiest eater can’t complain about. For your experimental vegetarian, check out the Meatless Specialties. For your one with a sensitive stomach, the gluten-free pizzas are sure to hit the spot without causing any upset. If you’re not feeling pizza, or if you need a snack to hold you over until your main meal arrives, check out Papa’s Poppers or Papa’s Wings.

Papa John’s is also a great place to take a crowd. The Five Large, Crowd Pleaser and Feast of Favorites are all great ways to feed up to 15 people in an affordable way.

When you’re hungry for lunch, dinner or even an unconventional breakfast, search for “restaurants near me” to find your nearest Papa John’s.

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Lifestyle Tips That Can Turbocharge Your Productivity

Whether with regards to your professional life and the various goals that you want to achieve in that domain, or whether with regards to certain hobbies, pastimes, and projects that you are committed to in your personal life, there’s a good chance that you find yourself – at least from time to time – wishing you could be just a bit more productive.

These days, we are all lucky to have access to such a vast range of resources via the Internet, that it’s barely necessary to leave the house in order to get essential items, in addition to huge volumes of potentially useful information, more or less regardless of the specifics of the matter.

You can, for example, get many NHS repeat prescriptions provided by Simple Online Pharmacy, and the Amazon Kindle bookstore is fully stocked with all sorts of different fiction and non-fiction books that you can have instantly delivered to your computer or your reading device with a couple of clicks.

For all that, though, “productivity” is a bit of a funny one – in that it is something that depends entirely on you actually taking action and doing things, rather than just uncovering the right path forward “in theory.”

Here are a handful of lifestyle tips that you can take action on today, that can help you to turbocharge your productivity in a hurry.

 

Start treating sleep as something that genuinely matters

One extremely common fallacy that continues to persist for some reason – especially in entrepreneurial circles – is the idea that it is possible to maintain a high level of productivity while completely neglecting things like proper sleep and nutrition.

Ultimately, sacrificing hours of sleep at night in order to “get a bit more done,” or to squeeze in a bit of evening leisure time, is one of the most detrimental things you can do if you actually care about maintaining peak productivity – or even if you just care about getting good work done whatsoever, or about remaining healthy and keeping up a decent sense of well-being.

In his highly acclaimed book “Why We Sleep,” the sleep scientist Matthew Walker outlines a tremendous number of different ways in which sleep deprivation completely undermines the health, discipline, and cognitive function of individuals who have been studied – even in cases where the sleep deprivation was fairly minor.

But you probably realise, just intuitively speaking, that you are nowhere near as productive, focused, or driven as you could be, when you are seriously sleep deprived.

So, start taking sleep seriously – and if you find that you are routinely getting less sleep than you need in order to feel rested, or that the sleep you’re getting isn’t refreshing you, it might be worth your while getting a sleep study done, and trying out a variety of different approaches to resolve the issue.

 

Start “time blocking” your days in advance

It’s extremely easy to misjudge how much time you have available in a day, and to get a completely mistaken sense of just how many tasks you can achieve in a given period of time, if you’re constantly “winging it” and working based on something like intuition.

When it comes to ensuring that you are as productive as you can possibly be, there is simply no alternative to “time blocking,” in order to structure your days and ensure that you develop a realistic sense of what can be achieved.

“Time blocking” is a technique that is famously very popular with all sorts of highly successful individuals in the business world. It involves using a calendar with a daily view – usually a digital calendar service such as Apple Calendar or Google Calendar – and “booking in” all the tasks that you plan to achieve in the day, in particular time slots.

Keep in mind that the aim is to create a realistic schedule for your day that you can actually follow, not a hyper-idealistic one where you’re supposed to work constantly from morning until night without even allowing time for meals.

Generally speaking, you will become more comfortable and sophisticated in your time blocking approach as you gain experience with the technique. Just remember to allow more time than you think you will need for major tasks, and to also account for things like evening leisure activities, and your lunch break.

 

Work to keep a (mostly) consistent wake up schedule

There are all sorts of different productivity guides and commentators out there who write and speak specifically about the benefits of capitalising on the morning hours – whether that means coming up with a “Miracle Morning” routine, or whether it just means squeezing in a bit of work before the rest of the world really wakes up and starts placing demands on your time.

Beyond the simple fact of utilising the morning hours to get things done, however, there are real productivity-related benefits to having a (at least mostly) consistent wake up schedule.

Simply put, your aim when striving to enhance your productivity is to impose as much manageable structure and order as you can on your daily routine and workplace habits, in order to ensure that you can remain on point, and achieve things you want to achieve.

A regular wake up time is one of the most fundamental psychological cues that we all depend on for a sense of structure and routine – and that’s not just purely “abstract” thing, either. Keeping a regular wake up time is also directly connected to getting your circadian rhythm in sync and keeping it there.

 

If you know that certain things are major distraction hazards, cut out or restrict them during certain times, rather than relying on willpower to get you by

There are many underlying issues connected to the idea of trying to rely too heavily on sheer willpower to get you through the challenges of the day – including the fact that there is good psychological research suggesting that willpower becomes “fatigued” and “exhausted” if it is engaged and relied on too much within a set period of time.

If you know that there are major distraction hazards surrounding you that could easily send you into a spiral of web surfing, or unproductive and ultimately unnecessary “busy work,” you will not be doing your productivity goals any favours if you allow those distractions to continue to occupy space in your immediate vicinity, while relying purely on willpower in order to keep you focused.

Generally speaking, it’s a much better and more reliable idea to cut out or restrict those distraction hazards entirely, at least during certain times when you are really striving for peak productivity.

Among other things, that could mean brainstorming ideas with a pen and paper instead of on your computer. Or setting up an effective website blocker.

 

Prioritise taking action – even if only in small ways

Procrastination tends to be a major drain on productivity, and it is often rooted in a sense that the work itself will be so irritating and unpleasant to do, that it’s necessary to “buy some time” and to do something – anything – else other than actually getting started.

Unsurprisingly, though, when you actually do take action and gain momentum, you will typically find that the process is nowhere near as stressful and difficult as you imagined it was going to be.

Prioritise taking action and getting started – even if only in small ways. Simply building momentum can go a very long way indeed in helping you to be productive.

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Here’s How To Boost Up Your Career In The Hospitality Sector

Are you just getting started in the hospitality sector? If so, then you need to think about how to ensure that you reach the greatest heights in your career. It’s just not about nailing the job interview, it’s also about making sure that you find the right options on the market too. So, let’s explore some of the best steps that you can consider. 

 

Clean Yourself Up 

You might be aware that the hospitality sector is all about customer care and client support. The clue is in the name here and it’s important that you do impress clients. This is how you’ll make sure that you are chosen for top positions in the industry and given more responsibilities. It all starts with ensuring that customers and clients like you. In this respect, appearances are always going to matter. You need to have the right look if you want to impress any potential clients. Business owners are going to pick up on this when you interview for a position. 

Does this mean that you can’t have your own style? Absolutely not, it simply means that your style needs to be professional and tidy. So, for instance, you can have long hair as a man working in the hospitality sector. There are lots of long hairstyles for men that look fantastic. But you can’t look as though you haven’t dragged a comb through your hair in years. This is always going to send the wrong impression because it’s the little details that matter most. 

When you attend an interview, make sure that you are dressed to impress. You should guarantee that you have a freshly pressed suit, a clean shirt and your hair should have been recently styled. The presentation will go a long way when you are aiming to be chosen for a new position. 

 

Go The Extra Mile

When you are working in the hospitality sector, you should never shy away from the idea of going the extra mile for your clients and customers. If you do this, then it will be recognised by people higher up in the business. You will be more likely to be chosen for a promotion and potentially gain further responsibilities. This is going to make you a more valuable asset in the business which also likely ensures that you won’t be shown the door anytime soon. 

When you are going the extra mile, you can also gain positive feedback from customers and clients too. They can put in a good word for you and this will again ensure that you gain great rewards in your career. If you put the effort in, there’s no reason that you should ever feel as though you’re in a dead-end position in the hospitality sector. 

 

Perfect Your Resume 

As with any career, you do need to think about your resume when you are working to build up your position in the hospitality sector. Don’t forget, an employee will typically spend less than sixty seconds looking at your CV. That doesn’t give you much time to leave an impression or make a mark. This is why you need to think about how to ensure that your CV does stand out. To do this, you need to keep it sharp and to the point. Unless you have some incredible past experiences that are relevant to the sector, keep your CV to just two pages. You also need a strong mission statement. This should say clearly and concisely exactly why you want to work in the hospitality sector and why you are seeking a specific position. This is a key mistake a lot of people make. You should be tweaking your CV each time you apply for a new position on the market. While this can be time-consuming, it is always going to be beneficial. It will show a potential employee that you truly want that particular position on the market. 

 

Go Abroad

Or, you could think about pursuing fresh pastures further afield. If you do this, you could find that there are fantastic opportunities abroad that could provide you with wonderful experiences. Once you build up your experience, you’ll be more valuable to employers. You will be able to make sure that you learn from different cultures and mindsets on how to run a business. You might even find that there are opportunities for higher pay levels. 

 

Build Confidence 

Finally, you need to make sure that you have the right level of confidence. Not everyone has a naturally high level of confidence. This is something that people may pick up on in job interviews. There are ways to demonstrate that you have high levels of confidence. For instance, you should maintain eye contact with the person who is interviewing you. You should also think about your handshake. The right handshake can send a strong message. A firm grip will always suggest that you mean business when you meet a potential employee. While it’s not always possible to develop confidence naturally, this is something that can easily be learned over time. You can also consider exploring leadership courses. This is a great way to gain the skills that you need to take a higher position in a business including how to show great levels of confidence. 

 

 

Of course, this isn’t the only course that you can consider signing up for. You should always explore different courses and qualifications that can make you more valuable to a potential employee. For instance, you might want to think about getting a degree in special needs. This can be great for clients and customers who will require additional support when they visit a hospitality business. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the best ways that you will be able to boost your career in the hospitality sector. In doing so, you can gain greater positions, improve your career and even gain a foothold in the industry that you need to start your own business. All you need is the right look, the right attitude, the best qualifications and the smartest decisions. 

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Top tips to prepare your car for winter

Has someone you know mentioned Christmas to you yet? For the true festive fanatics amongst us, any time from the 1st September onwards is considered permissible to talk about the upcoming holiday season. In their defence, winter is closer than you think.

And while you start to think about where to source the turkey this year and check how much of last year’s wrapping paper is left, your poor car is steadily getting chillier and chillier outside. With cold comes various dangers to our faithful four wheeled friends, including thickened fluids running poorly, dead batteries, frozen fuel lines and wiper failure.

None of those things are ideal on a cold morning when you need to be somewhere, so what can you be doing to prevent these things happening? Here are some maintenance and product recommendations to see you through the winter period.

Maintenance moves

There are a number of things that should be on your winter checklist:

  • Check the battery: Dead batteries are probably the number one bane of winter drivers, thus should be your number one priority. If you think your battery might be a bit old and tired, now is a good time to replace it. Otherwise you can get a home testing kit or see a specialist to do the hard yards for you.
  • Add some antifreeze: Your engine coolant mix should be 50/50 water and antifreeze all year. Why? Because if you keep topping up with water in the summer months you’ll have a water heavy mix come winter when it really matters. Keep it even to avoid any engine overheat.
  • Check the tyres: Your tyres need to be nice and grippy in treacherous conditions, so be sure to check tread levels and replace if necessary (you can get specific winter sets if you so desire). Also make a note to check pressures regularly.
  • Clean the exterior lights: Driving on mucky, salted roads will take its toll on your exterior, so checking your lights to ensure they’re uncovered and clear to other drivers is essential to staying safe on the roads.
  • Check the screen wash: The same muck and salt gets on the windscreen as well, so your screen wash needs to be topped up to ensure you’re not smearing dirt across your eyeline with dry wipers.
  • Get a service: If all of the above seems like something you don’t have time for or simply can’t be bothered with, take your car into your local garage and get a winter service done. They’ll carry out all the necessary bits – you just have to cough up the cash.

Bits to buy

Speaking of coughing up the cash, there are a handful of useful products to add to your collection:

  • Battery charger: For the reasons stated above, a charger may well come in handy.
  • Wiper blades: Worn wiper blades will make your life miserable in the winter. Get new ones and keep your windscreen clear.
  • Scraper: A good scraper is not only an essential investment for winter but also an incredibly satisfying tool to use.
  • Antifreeze and tester: You can get antifreeze tester kits to go with your antifreeze to make sure your coolant mix levels are correct.
  • Screenwash and de-icer: further essential fluids for the season.
  • Car cover: if you want to take things to the next level, a full chassis cover will keep your car protected from the elements.
  • Emergency kit: including everything from your phone and a charger through to breakdown repairs bits, you can find plenty of ideas online of what to put in your emergency in-car kit.

There you have it, a couple of handy checklists to see you and your car through the colder months. Of course, if all else fails you can head on down to your local Toyota dealer in Northern Ireland and get a great deal on a new car. In the meantime, remember to take care if your current vehicle, especially in this quieter lockdown period.

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You’re Never Too Busy To Look After Yourself!

 

The food service industry is one of the hardest and most unforgiving work environments which one can endure. The hours are long. The days (and nights) are stressful. It’s hot, sweaty and billowing with steam. And after every shift you’ll come home with a cut, burn or bruise that you didn’t have when you clocked on. So what propels us through this daunting career path? It’s almost certainly not the money. Unless you’re lucky enough to be one of those rare few chefs that breaches the world of celebrity with a ubiquitous cookbook or a spot on a daytime TV show. We endure such adverse conditions because we genuinely love food. And, though we may be gluttons for punishment, we love working in kitchens. We love the heat, the intensity, the passion, the camaraderie, the sense of working together against impossible odds to beat the clock and send out immaculate covers time after time. 

 

But whether you’re an ambitious chef out to make your mark in the world, or a KP with big dreams starting at the bottom rung, you owe it to yourself to take care of number one. And when you’re working long hours, awkward shifts and in exhausting conditions, that’s often easier said than done. But as busy as you are, you’re never too busy to look after yourself in kind and body.

Here are some tips to help you take care of you, no matter how hectic your schedule may be…

 

Make the time to eat well

It happens to the best of us. We spend so much time around food that by the time we’re ready to clock off, we’re absolutely sick of the sight of it. So, we soldier on until we reach the point where our blood sugar plummets, and the cravings start to kick in. So, what do we do? We inevitably reach for the nearest fatty, salty, or sugary treat available. After a brief insulin spike, we start crashing down again and so we fill the gap with more refined carbs to give our blood sugar a boost.

You’re a professional. You know how nutrition works. You need to make the time to eat well!

Even if this means batch cooking on your day off, at least you know that you’ll always have quick and easy access to a nutritious, home-cooked meal. And you’ll likely save a fortune on impulse-bought fast food and take aways, too!

 

Feeling unwell? Ask the internet… the right way!

When you’re working long hours and unpredictable shifts, it can be hard to find time to see a doctor if you don’t feel great. And it’s not like sick pay is a common luxury in the service industry. As such, you may be tempted to consult the internet when you feel under the weather. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do this. Rather than consulting Dr.Google (which can only bring prognostications of doom and increased anxiety) use a reputable online doctor and pharmacy. This can give you access to the treatment you need with the flexibility your profession requires. 

 

Make sure you get at least 7 hours’ sleep

Your stressful job may not always be conducive to restful sleep. Especially when you likely clock off just as the rest of the populace has been in bed for some time. 

However, without at least 7 hours of sleep a night you can never be truly healthy. You’re just building on a shaky foundation. You may find that taking active steps to relieve stress like taking a hot bath, relaxing with some aromatherapy oils, reading a good book and a vigorous workout all help to prime your brain and body for a restful night’s sleep. Which brings us to…

 

Join a 24 hour gym, and if you can’t… build your own

Finally, if you want to stay healthy, exercise is pretty much non-negotiable. And while you may be shattered after a long shift, a trip to the gym can be a great pick-me-up and a prolific stress-reliever. But if you work long and unsociable hours, you may find that the opening hours of most gyms are prohibitive. It’s worth checking to see if there’s a 24 hour gym within easy reach of your home or workplace. 

If not, you can still burn fat and build muscle at home, even if you don’t have the budget, means or space to build a home gym. All you need is a couple of resistance bands and some dumbbells to cover all your major muscle groups and get great full-body workouts. 

Whatever your circumstances, there are no excuses! Often, the only thing getting between you and a good workout… is you!

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