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7 USEFUL TOOLS FOR MONITORING HYDRATION

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7 Useful Tools For Monitoring Hydration – We’ve taken a look through the internet and have found some excellent tools to help you monitor your hydration levels throughout the day. Each one is designed to help keep you healthy, happy and productive.

Our mobile devices are less and less being used as phones, they have turned into our PA’s our child minders and even our fitness trainers. With so many apps out there we’ve picked a few to help maintain your hydration levels, some functional and some fun!

Water Logged Hydration App

Waterlogged hydration App

  • Waterlogged

Hey, you’re not drinking enough water. Waterlogged can help you with its charts and reminders. Every 6 seconds, someone around the world is using the Waterlogged application to track & improve their daily water intake. This APP works with Fitbit & by using photos of your favourite containers you can spend less than 60 seconds a day tracking your water intake.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/waterlogged-drink-more-water/id352199775?mt=8

idrated hydration app

idrated hydration app

  • iDrated

Don’t get irate with the lack of water you are drinking, use iDrated and keep track of your water intake. With simplicity and gesture-based interaction at its core iDrated makes it quick and simple to log your water levels and check how hydrated you are. It can even give you a gentle nudge when the app isn’t running should you need the extra incentive. Log your water intake quickly and easily with a simple swipe.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/idrated-water-track-log-your/id515908891?mt=8

Plant Nanny App

Plant nanny water application

  • Plant Nanny

Plant Nanny combines health with fun to remind you to drink water regularly. The cute plant keeps you company every day by living in your phone. In order to keep it alive and help it grow, you must give it water at certain periods of time. Choose your cup size and then as you drink you feed the cute little plant. Mutually beneficial and very motivating!

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/plant-nanny-water-reminder/id590216134?mt=8

Daily Water Free Application

Daily Water Free Application

  • Daily Water Free

So, as we know water plays a very important role in our body, it transports nutrients and oxygen into cells, regulates body temperature, helps with metabolism and so on, drinking enough water can help us lose weight, look younger with healthier skin, less likely to get sick, helps in digestion and constipation, relieves fatigue, have a good mood and so on…

This more functional app is simple and easy to use and like many of the others allows you to set your daily intake goal and track it. Each time you grab a glass of water you simply touch the screen to log the intake.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/daily-water-free-water-reminder/id466387763?mt=8

Had enough of App based tools, we found this ground breaking idea from Halo Wearables, take a look online and judge for yourself.

Halo has developed the first ever real-time and non-invasive hydration monitoring technology. Their proprietary solution uses a combination of sensors to track an individual’s hydration at the cellular level. Electrical and optical sensors monitor fluid content and movement in and between both the intravascular and interstitial fluid compartments in the body.

It tells you how and when to optimise your water intake and keep fit.

  • The future is around the corner

Sandia National Laboratories researcher Ronen Polsky and colleagues are patenting a prototype model that can analyze various electrolyte levels on the spot, yet fit in a palm or be worn on a wrist. The device, when commercially available, could decrease the time ordinary citizens, athletes and the military must spend in emergency rooms, lab testing facilities or doctors’ offices.

“This is the future of personalized health care,” said Polsky. “These wearable technologies are just starting to come out in different forms. It’s inevitable that people will go there.”

The device is painless because it employs microneedles so tiny they don’t traumatize nerves when pressed into the skin. It also samples only interstitial fluid — the liquid between skin cells. Thus the device has the potential for long-term, noninvasive use.

This could be the future of hydration monitoring!

https://share.sandia.gov/news/resources/news_releases/electrolyte_sensor/#.V6NkXtIrLIU

  • Back to basics…

Then let’s go back to basics. I know it’s grim, but one of the simplest wasy to monitor your hydration is through toilet trip frequency and the colour of your urine. Healthy and hydrated bodies produce urine that is a light yellow in colour. It also make sense that the more you intake, the more visits to the loo you can expect –  on average 5-8 times per day.

10 Superstars we would Love to Recruit for Our Productivity Team

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10 Productivity Superstars

10 Productivity Superstars

Here is a list of the 10 Superstars we would Love to Recruit for Our Productivity Team!

  • Jack Dorsey – Founder of Twitter

It was reported that Jack works an 8 hour day. Well, that’s nothing special, I am sure you agree. However, it is the way he plans his working week that is meticulous and makes Jack a high productive businessman.

Jack themes his working week. This allows him to ensure that his time is equally spent across all aspects of running his business. A typical themed week for Jack looks like this:

  • Monday: Management and running the company
  • Tuesday: Product
  • Wednesday: Marketing and communications, growth
  • Thursday: Developers and partnerships
  • Friday: Company culture and recruiting

Source: https://blog.bufferapp.com/the-daily-routines-of-famous-entrepreneurs-and-how-to-design-your-own-master-routine

This highly productive routine is something that I think we can all learn from and could help us all to focus on what is important whilst ensuring nothing is overlooked.

  • Steve Jobs

A productivity list surely could not be complete without one of the world’s most iconic businessmen. Steve Jobs was a true inspiration and was passionate and focused on his company.

Three things we could learn from Steve are:

He would keep all his meetings extremely small , only having the necessary people at the table. This kept the energy and professionalism high and the unnecessary/ unproductive ‘noise’ low

Steve believed in holding people accountable for each agenda item during each meeting. This was mirrored throughout the company and he had processes in place to make sure that everyone knew who was responsible for managing what in each and every department.

He encouraged round-table free thinking rather than allowing people to hide behind power-point slides. Brain storming and passionate conversations meant more to Steve than simply hiding behind technology to present ideas.

  • Carly Fiorina

Carly was the VP running mate for Ted Cruz in the 2016 republican nominations for the US presidential elections. However she came to fame earlier than this when she was the CEO of Hewlett Packard (1999 – 2005), who managed in 2002 the largest (at its time) merger in technology history between HP and Compaq.

http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/execteam/speeches/fiorina/forbes04.html

Here is a little about what Carly says about productivity:

“You have to start thinking about processes as horizontal across the company – a requirement for processes to work together better, for applications to work together better, for systems to work together better, and so it is now all about not just simply automating processes, it’s about digitizing processes, making them simpler and easier to manage”

  • Richard Branson

Richard Branson is possibly one of the UK’s and the world’s most charismatic business men. He is a serial entrepreneur and certainly has a few things to teach us about productivity. Two tips he has to offer are simple and lay the ground rules for a productive session.

  1. Exercise – work out and feel empowered, exercise energises you and sets you up for the day
  2. “Whether it is a meeting, a flight, an appointment or a date, ensure you are there when you say you will be there. This may feel like an old-fashioned tip to give, but it has served me well for five decades in business.” Richard Branson https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/how-to-increase-your-productivity
  • Karren Brady

Karren Brady is an exceptional businesswoman. She is the former managing director of Birmingham City F.C. and Karren is currently the vice-chairman of the London Based West Ham United Football Club. Known for her business prowess she was appointed Business Ambassador to the UK government and even has a spot on the BBC1 Apprentice show, as an aide to Lord Sugar.

Karren ‘s tip is don’t be overly emotional
http://www.mildredtalabi.com/karren-brady-strong-woman/

“Karren is not advising being cold and harsh in your dealings with people, but to rein in the emotions and be as straight-talking and direct as possible: “It’s about being clear, precise and operationally succinct. Everyone should know in which direction they are going, who is doing what and why.”

  • Michael Phelps

Serial Olympic Gold Medal winner Michael Phelps knows all about how to be productive, his whole daily routine as a sportsman is designed around making the most out of his training, ensuring he eats the right food at the right time and so on.

Unsurprisingly, he sets goals. Every morning he will set himself the days objectives, intentions of the day, feelings about the goals and how it would feel to achieve them. It is this type of sel-help and planning that focuses the mind on what is important, what needs to be achieved, how it will be achieved and what it will feel like to achieve it.  No wonder he has 18 Gold medals.

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration to be productive and to achieve our goals. If you have not read Wilma’s story then I suggest you take a minute and read it on Wikipedia. Here is an extract.

“Wilma contracted infantile paralysis (caused by the polio virus) at age four. She recovered, but wore a brace on her left leg and foot (which had become twisted as a result) until she was nine. She was required to wear an orthopedic shoe for support of her foot for another two years….

Fast forward:

“In the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during a single Olympic Games.  A track and field champion, she elevated women’s track to a major presence in the United States. As a member of the black community, she is also regarded as a civil rights and women’s rights pioneer. “

  • Henry Ford

Henry Ford decided that he was going to produce an affordable car for the masses,  his achievement and  use of mass production strategies to manufacture his famous Model T revolutionised industrial manufacturing and provided many lessons in productivity that are still used today. His manufacturing process was all about focus, time management, direction and confidence.

  • Benjamin Franklin

An odd one I know, but Benjamin Franklin was one of the key founding fathers of the United States and around 9pm every day he would consider his day and ask himself ”what good have I done today?”

By recapping the day’s events and activities he was able to prioritise and set a road-map for the next 24hours, focusing on what is important and what to deliver on a daily basis. He analysed his progress and knew what important tasks to complete where and by when.

  • You!

I hope that this has inspired you a little and now that you have read this and seen how you can become more productive at work and in your life, make sure that you learn from these exceptionally productive superstars and really put these tools into action. Make a difference in your life and work now and become the next Productivity Superstar we write about!

10 STEPS TO FINDING THE PERFECT COFFEE

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10 Steps to finding the Perfect Coffee - from bean to cup!

10 Steps to finding the Perfect Coffee – from bean to cup!

10 STEPS TO FINDING THE PERFECT COFFEE – This guide will help you locate the best beans, grind them to perfection and produce the perfect cup of coffee. Of course its all down to personal taste…..

1. BEANS

The first step to finding your perfect coffee is to decide on your bean preference. The choice of coffee bean is limited to two variations Arabica and Robusta.

Arabica is considered as the finer bean (“with more complex sugars, yielding deeper, more interesting flavours”) and is grown at higher altitudes. The best Arabica beans are found between 4000 and 6000 feet. The second type of coffee bean is Robusta. It is more common and is grown at lower altitudes. It is considered a more inferior bean with less flavour, but is a higher yielding crop.

Most coffee brands will use a blend of Robusta with a lower percentage of Arabica.

+ 5000ft = Spicey, fruity and floral
+ 4000ft = Nutty, Chocolate, Citrus and Vanilla
+ 3000ft = Sweet and smooth
+ 2000ft = Simple, mild, soft, subtle

Arabica also contains less caffeine. In fact in the average 6 ounce cup Arabica contains between 75 and 130mg compared to Robusta 140 – 200mg. For Arabica to “punch” through milk, it needs a deeper flavour and usually needs to be roasted quite dark. This makes a very oily bean.

2. ALL ABOUT THE ROAST

Arabica contains less caffeine than Robusta. In fact in the average 6 ounce cup Arabica contains between 75 and 130mg compared to Robusta 140 – 200mg.

In the same manner that fermentation time and the grape type determines the flavour of wine, the bean and the way it is roasted will determine the flavour of the coffee. Inconsistent, under or over roasting can make even the best bean taste bad. For Arabica to “punch” through milk, it needs a deeper flavour and usually needs to be roasted quite dark. This makes a very oily bean.

3. THOSE PERISHING BEANS

Coffee shops are used to high throughputs and purchase beans in high quantities, usually 1Kg vending packs to fill professional bean to cup machine hoppers. If you are buying beans for personal usage, then it may be wiser to purchase smaller bags and only purchase what you would need in a week. Coffee beans do not like fresh air and will start to perish through oxidisation. This will make them stale and less flavoursome. You should aim to use your beans within 48 hours of opening them.

4. LOOK AFTER YOUR BEANS

We have heard many ways to store fresh beans and even on the packets it often says keep refrigerated. However this does tend to make the beans more brittle and could result in a poor cup of coffee and damaged bean grinders. Coffee beans should be kept in an airtight container, away from light and heat. Coffee can also pick up oders or moisture from refrigerators or freezing and this will alter the flavour, leading to stale and unpleasant cup of coffee.

5. CLEAN MACHINES MEANS NICE TASTING BEANS

After each use you should wash out your caffetiere, carafe or pot. This will remove the sik of contamination through coffee oils and sediments. These have a habit of settling at the bottom of the pot and can build up leading to a bitter tasting cup of coffee.

6. COFFEE AND THE DAILY GRIND

So you have the finest beans, the nicest water but the next step in the process to ensure a great tasting coffee is the grinding. The difference between coarse and fine grinds can affect the bean flavour and also the effectiveness of the extraction.

Grind guide:

5 – 10 Seconds: Coarse – percolators
10 Seconds: Medium – French presses
15 Seconds: Fine – vacuum
25 – 30 Seconds: Extra Fine – for espresso machines

7. COFFEE TO WATER

If you are lucky and have a bean to cup machine, then you can just relax. For other non-automatic machines here is a little tip. We suggest using around 2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6oz of water. The ideal brewing time should be around 4 – 6 minutes, any longer than 6 minutes may leave your coffee tasting bitter!

6. FRESH COLD WATER

Apart from your beans the most important ingredient is water. If you are making your coffee first thing in the morning remember to run your cold tap for a bit. This will ensure you are using nice and fresh cold water, free from odours and iron flavours. Try to avoid using distilled or softened water.

9. ADDING WATER TO COFFEE GROUNDS

To ensure all this effort hasn’t been wasted you need to ensure the water temperature being poured through your grounds is very hot, but not boiling hot! Ideally the temperature needs to be between 190 – 200 degrees.

10. DON’T WASTE THE TASTE

Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy that lovely cup of coffee. But don’t leave it too long otherwise you will have wasted all that effort. To ensure you get to enjoy the most from your cup of coffee you should drink it within 30 minutes of brewing it. If you are on the go, then a good quality thermos will retain the flavours and allow you to enjoy it at your leisure.

We hope you enjoy your perfect cup of coffee, please let us know what brand and blend you like…

10 Things You Should Know About Water

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10 Things You Should Know About Water

We trawled the internet and have found 10 Things You Should Know About Water, some interesting facts and some just plain odd.

As you woke up this morning I bet you never considered how important water is to your daily routine. As you flush the toilet, clean your hands, brush your teeth, grab a cup of coffee and head off to work (with your bottle of water in the car), you may never have realised how much water has played a part in that small part of your daily routine.

Starting with the basics:

1) WATER IS ELEMENTARY

Your science teacher would be proud of you if you remember that everything in this colourful world of ours is made of atoms, and even more proud of you if you can remember the chemical name for water is H2O.

Here’s the science: The smallest particle of an element is an atom (Oxygen or Hydrogen for example). Molecules are formed by atoms joining together. A water molecule has three atoms: two hydrogen (H2) atoms and one oxygen (O) atom.

2) WHERE CAN YOU FIND WATER?

Unless you are living in a dessert you will probably agree that the Earth is a very watery place. However, have you ever wondered exactly how much water there is on and above this wonderful planet of ours? Well – here are a couple of statistics to soak in….

a) 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water

b) 96.5% of all the Earth’s water is in our Oceans

c) Scientists estimate that one inch of rain falling over an area of one square mile is equal to 17.4 million gallons of water

So we have plenty of it, and boy do we need it!

3) DID YOU KNOW?

Water is the only mineral that is found naturally on Earth in three forms; liquid, gas and solid and that over 90% of the world’s supply of fresh water is located in Antarctica!

4) THE WATER CYCLE

Water is constantly moving from one place to the next, in one form or another and this is known as the water cycle. Water exists in rivers, icecaps, lakes, glaciers, in the air, the ground (as moisture in the soil) and in aquifiers.

5) HOW MUCH WATER IS THERE IN YOUR BODY?

Water is so essential to our lives and it’s not surprising really when you realise that the average human body is really a skin wrapped sponge! The average adult body consists of around 60% water and is higher at around 75-78% for an infant.

Of course the composition of your body will vary due to gender and fitness levels as fatty tissue contains less water than lean tissue.

If you are bored and want to know roughly how much water is in your body (just in case you spring a leak) do this simple calculation:

Your Body Weight (lbs) x 60% (or 76% for an infant) = lbs of water in your body
To convert lbs to gallons just divide by 8.4!
So for example: 175 x 0.6 = 105lbs of water or 12.5 gallons

6) 2 LITRES A DAY WILL KEEP YOU HYDRATED

With all that water in our body you can understand why we start to feel grumpy and less productive when we get dehydrated. As a rule we should consume around 8 glasses or around 2 litres of good quality drinking water to avoid dehydration during the day. The amount you will need each day of course depends on many factors including the temperature and how much activity you are involved in.

7) HOW MUCH WATER DO WE USE?

In an average household we use quite a bit of water, for example:

5 min Shower: 25 to 50 gallons
Flush a toilet: 2 – 7 gallons
Brushing your teeth: 2 gallons
Hand washing dishes: 20 gallons

In fact if you were to break down your day into your own water cycle this is where your water is being used….of course this is based on an average household day!

30%: Toilet flushing
21%: Personal washing – baths and taps
12%: Personal washing – showers
13%: Clothes washing
8%: Washing up
7%: Outdoor
5%: Other
4%: Drinking

8) ALMOST 95% OF YOUR WATER FOOTPRINT IS HIDDEN!

But that’s not where it ends; the household usage above demonstrates where our mains water goes. However, you may be surprised that nearly 95% of your water footprint is hidden. Where, you may ask? Well it’s hidden in the food you eat, the products you buy, the services you rely on and the energy you use.

9) SO ENJOY IT – DON’T WASTE IT!

So, if we are only drinking 4% of the water we use each day at home, let’s make sure that the water we do drink is of high quality, tastes great, is free from additives and so on…..hmm, now I wonder where you can find such a source?

Well, if you are stuck and want to learn more about the water that is available – we’ve found Martin Reise and yes – he is a water expert. Not just an expert though, in fact he is a Water Sommelier and currently sells one of the most expensive bottles of water in the world. His diamond edition costs $100,000 and has 650 white diamonds and 250 black diamonds on the bottle and is sold in LA.

10) WATER BARS

Fancy a tipple? If you are out at night and your local Eden Springs office is shut, where do you head to? A water bar of course!

The Sunday Times and Evening Standard have recently reported on Britain’s first water bar.
“Opening in Selfridges in London the bar, which will be located in the accessory hall, will serve a variety of water brands for those who want to enjoy the basic refreshment.” and “It is thought the flagship store will consult “water sommeliers” to put together the bar’s menu”

This refreshingly new concept is due to launch later in 2016.

We’re proud to be supporting Breast Cancer Now

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We’re proud to be supporting Breast Cancer Now – the UK’s largest breast cancer charity who are dedicated to funding research into this devastating disease. Breast Cancer Now believe that if we all act now, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live.

A message from Breast Cancer Now:

We’re determined to stop women dying from breast cancer. By discovering the causes of the
disease, we’ll find ways to prevent it. By improving early detection and diagnosis, we’ll give everyone the best chances of survival. By developing effective new treatments for every type of breast cancer, we’ll make sure more women are treated successfully. And by learning to stop the disease in its tracks and control breast cancer that’s spread to other parts of the body, we’ll stop it taking lives.

Get involved by raising money at the London to Cambridge bike ride this Sunday 3rd July:

Starting in Pickett’s Lock in north London the London to Cambridge Bike Ride takes you 60 miles up through the Hertfordshire and Cambridge countryside finishing up on Midsummer Common in the heart of Cambridge.

You will be greeted with a festival like atmosphere filled with music, refreshments and a chance to have a well-earned massage.

So whether you’re an individual or part of a team, a pro or an enthusiast, grab your helmet and cycle to help raise vital funds for living saving breast cancer research.

We will be providing a special order of 1,700 sport bottles of Eden water to support the cyclists and the supporters on the day. Good luck all from the team here at Eden Kafevend – we hope you enjoy the water!

Enhance Creativity and Boost Productivity in the Workplace

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The modern employee sees employment as an ‘experience’ more than a ‘pay-check.’ They want to be offered choice in how, when and where they work. Many employees work independently as well as collaborating with others, they work at desks, on the move, between 9-5 and outside of these hours.

Companies and organisations who have adapted to meet the needs of the modern employee are prospering. By simply taking time to understand the employee mind-set and considering employee wellbeing you too can enhance creativity and boost productivity.

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Undertake ‘random acts of wildness’ throughout the month

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Biophilia

Undertake ‘random acts of wildness’ throughout the month. This June the Wildlife Trust are challenging people to find their inner wildness and to undertake ‘random acts of wildness’ throughout the month. These acts could include something as simple as making and wearing a daisy chain necklace, putting out a bird feeder in your garden or something more dramatic such as testing your survival skills and spending the night under the stars out in the wild.

There are many reasons why we should try and reconnect with nature and channel our inner wildness, not least because a study conducted by the University of Derby concluded that an increased connection with nature can result in greater feelings of happiness and wellbeing. Also spending more time outdoors is undoubtedly good for our health and fitness, and helps us to appreciate and therefore be more likely to help with the growing need for nature conservation. Lucy McRobert, the campaign manager for the 30 days wild initiative said “The results of our study show that taking part in 30 Days Wild makes people happier, healthier, and more connected to nature in the long term.”

Dr Miles Richardson, head of psychology at the University of Derby, who carried out the study said that the study results backed up the idea that a connection with nature could reduce demand on the NHS; “Even in urban areas, nature can provide a simple solution to complex problems.”
It’s easy to feel a complete disconnect with nature when sitting in an office, breathing in artificial air and surrounded by technology, but armed with the knowledge that experiencing nature is so beneficial, here are some ways in which to participate with 30 Days Wild from your office.

1.Hold Meetings outside

Escape from the stuffiness of the boardroom and arrange to engage in meetings in the fresh air instead. If there is nowhere suitable at your place of work then find a nearby park. Being outside in the fresh air and surrounded by greenery will give you an instant mood boost and encourage creativity. It is now widely accepted that children benefit from having lessons and learning outdoors, so it follows that adults will reap those same benefits too.

2.Use Biophilic Design

Biophilic design is the practice of using natural elements to enhance buildings. A global study into the impact of office design, which collected data from 7600 workers in 16 countries found that those who worked in spaces that incorporated green or other natural elements reported a 15% increase in wellbeing compared to other participants, and were 6% more productive, and 15% more creative overall. Ways in which you can easily incorporate biophilic design into your own office might be introducing plants (the more the better), relying less on artificial light, and painting walls natural colours.

3.Get back to nature with an office day out

Instead of the clichéd social events at work which normally include alcohol and dancing (and then, let’s face it, often embarrassment and regret the morning after), organise a day out somewhere green. The potential activities are endless, hiking, geocaching, den building and learning a woodland craft are to name but a few. This would undoubtedly promote good team building, would be a fun and healthy way to socialise all whilst connecting to nature.

It’s not too late to sign up for 30 Days Wild, sign up at wildlifetrust.org – 30 Days Wild for more ideas and try to incorporate some wildness into your personal life too-grrrrrr!!

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5 Must Get Productivity Apps for Business

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Productivity Apps

5 Must Get Productivity Apps

Perk up your work with these 5 Must Get Productivity Apps for Business…

When searching for an app which will benefit your business and ultimately make your life easier, the sheer number available can be overwhelming. Facing so much choice can be off putting, and what starts out as a task designed to save you time and effort in the long run, can actually turn into an uphill struggle which can put you off completely.

Never fear, we have done the donkey work, and sifted through the hundreds of apps available to bring you our top five productivity apps which are guaranteed to make your working life easier!

1.Evernote

Evernote gives you the ability to create digital notebooks for everything from managing your calendar and keeping track of your expenses to creating presentations. In order to take full advantage of everything this innovative app has to offer, add lots of notebooks, for example take pictures on your smart phone of notes you have jotted down during meetings, add them to a notebook and they will be easily accessible at a later date. Gone will be the days when you would have been frantically searching your desk drawers for that scrap of paper with all those important scribbling jotted on it. You can be smug in the knowledge that those oh so important notes are safely stored in your digital notebook! Thanks Evernote!

https://evernote.com/download/

2.Letterspace

Letterspace is a fantastic note taking app which utilizes hashtags to organise your scribblings into a streamlined, easy to use interface. Superior editing features also make this a must for people in business. Antiquated shorthand will be a thing of the past with this clever app. Letterspace we salute you! #brilliant!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/letterspace-swipe.-edit.-note./id879516377?mt=8

3.Humin

Humin, an indispensable networking app allows you to keep track of business contacts and connections. It remembers details such as how and where you met somebody, which means you don’t have to worry about remembering these details at a later date, or suffer an excruciatingly embarrassing meeting with a business contact who you ought to know but you just can’t quite remember why!

Humin also combines your contacts, dialing and voicemail in order to work out who your most important contacts are. Indispensable!

https://humin.com/products/humin/

4.1Password

It has never been more important to protect your passwords and keep login details secure when there seems to be increasingly regular data leaks. 1Password is an absolute must have as it manages your web logins and other sensitive information in an incredibly user friendly package. This app will take away security anxiety and ensure that if you experience password amnesia you won’t have to go through the laborious task of resetting your login details.

https://1password.com/

5.bambam!

bambam! Is an excellent project managing app which we think ranks among the best in its field.

We like this project management tool because it doesn’t have the complicated interface you get with the likes of MS Project. bambam is self-intuitive and has some great features that allow users to connect and share their project information, send messages to team members, upload files, track project timelines and basically collaborate better.

bambam is quick and easy to set up and is low cost. The flexibility and customisation functions are great. You really are in control of your projects with bambam and we particularly liked the instant messaging – allowing you to touch base on projects and share ideas.

https://www.dobambam.com/

How to Build Better Customer Relationships

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Build Better Customer Relations

Build Better Customer Relations

Ever wondered how to build better customer relationships, well here’s 5 invaluable tips…

When it comes to building a successful and profitable business, making and maintaining good customer relationships is absolutely key. Forging excellent customer connections now will pay dividends in the future when your company receives recommendations and new business as a result of past positive interactions.

Consult our guide below to inspire you and your colleagues to strive for and benefit from developing good customer relations.

  1. Network, network and network some more!

    Good networking is crucial in business and developing and constantly creating new networks is a long term investment that requires hard work. Any contacts you have could be potential clients or lead you to new customers. Therefore your network could include anybody from existing colleagues right through to family friends and everyone in between. Adding value to relationships with your contacts will pay off and lead to business.

  2. Positive and frequent communication.

    Following on from the need to network, it is crucial for any thriving business to realise that in order to reap maximum reward from your network, communication has to be a regular thing. Customers, potential or existing won’t remember you next time if you fail to follow up after initial contact. It is imperative to stand out from your competitors so that when for example a contact is in need of what your business sells they remember you and what you have to offer. This can be achieved by sending out frequent newsletters for example, or by having regular events which these contacts can attend.

  3. E-mail Campaigns are cheap and effective.

    E-mail marketing is an extremely cost effective way of maintaining contact with your customers. For just a few pence per customer you can send news letters or carefully targeted campaigns that will ensure you stay fresh in their minds. For even better results, also use social media to engage your customers. Using social media is an excellent way to encourage and achieve regular interactions with consumers. The key to the success of having a strong social media presence as a business is that customers feel that they are having a more personal and two way relationship with you, so do invest in this.

  4. Reward loyal customers.

    Studies in business show that the most profitable customers are repeat customers. It is essential that as a business you ensure you are doing enough to encourage repeat business. To facilitate this you should stay in touch and offer something in return for their time and custom. Consider creating a loyalty scheme or organise events for existing customers to attend where they are made to feel valued. Be aware that if you fail to keep in touch with past and existing clients a competitor will!

  5. Happy customers make excellent salespeople on your behalf.

    If a customer is happy with your business and you have given them a great customer experience they are highly likely to sing your praises and recommend you to new and potential customers. These new customers will have been effectively generated for free meaning that time and energy invested in developing positive relationships is time well spent.

Remember – it is easier to look after your existing clients than to win new ones!

7 Healthy Snacks to Eat at Your Desk

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healthy-office-snacksWhen those mid-morning hunger pangs strike, or you start suffering from the inevitable afternoon slump, do you reach for a healthy snack to sustain and nourish you, or do you gorge on sugary food and drinks for that quick sugar high which is then quickly followed by another slump in energy? Making wise snack choices whilst at work not only gives us a sustained energy boost, they can also help concentration and focus whilst also contributing to a healthy diet in general. Try our suggestions below for healthy snacks to eat at your desk for some energy and mood boosting not to mention tasty snacks.

1. A handful of almonds

Almonds really do pack a powerful nutritional punch. Not only are they a fantastic source of protein, they are also a source of healthy fat. They amazingly contain nine essential nutrients and are rich in Vitamin E. In fact, when compared to other nuts, Almonds contain the most protein and fibre. Thankfully they are tasty too!

2. Hummus with raw vegetables to dip

The humble chickpea, the main ingredient in traditional hummus certainly isn’t humble when it comes to its nutritional credentials! Chickpeas are a great source of calcium, iron, protein and fibre and as a consequence prevent blood sugar levels from rising to rapidly. Adding a variety of raw vegetables to dip only increases the benefits and taste of this option.

3. Yogurt

Although sadly many yogurts available on supermarket shelves are crammed full of sugar these days, natural unsweetened yogurt is a great option for a daytime snack. Natural yogurt contains good bacteria and probiotics which promotes gut health and a healthy digestive system. Natural yogurt also contains protein, calcium, vitamins, potassium and magnesium. What’s not to like!?

4. Apples and peanut butter

This may sound like an odd combination but give it a go-it’s delicious. The apple provides carbohydrates and fibre for a sustained energy release, whilst the peanut butter delivers healthy monounsaturated fat and protein which further controls spikes in blood sugar. Make sure for maximum health benefits that you pick unsweetened peanut butter such as Whole Earth award winning peanut butter. Yum!

5. A handful of mixed seeds

Brain boosting pumpkin seeds contain high levels of healthy unsaturated fat and are an excellent source of Omega-3 fats making them a great option for those who don’t regularly eat oily fish. They also provide heart healthy magnesium and immune boosting zinc. These powerful seeds certainly shouldn’t just be for Halloween only! Flax seeds are an excellent food to boost your fibre intake. They are also high in Omega-3. Recent studies suggest that consuming these wonder seeds can aid in keeping blood pressure within safe limits. Sunflower seeds are inexpensive yet still contain high levels of healthy fats and minerals such as magnesium, copper and manganese. Sunflower seeds also contain high levels of naturally occurring Vitamin E; a powerful antioxidant.

6. A healthy energy bar

We are certainly not advocating running out and buying just any old snack bar. As with yogurts above, the nutritional benefits of many of these bars are cancelled out by the amount of sugar that has been added. But if you look carefully, there are a new breed of bar available which not only taste great but also offer a guiltless boost to your diet. Look out for ‘Nakd Bars’ available at most supermarkets. Consisting of just raw fruits and nuts, these delicious bars offer excellent dietary benefits and also provide you with one of your five a day! Check out their website: www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk

7. Chocolate

No, you’re not dreaming! If eaten in moderation, dark chocolate can provide many health benefits; It is a powerful antioxidant which is packed full of beneficial minerals such as iron, zinc and selenium. Studies have shown that cocoa consumption (aim to eat chocolate that has a minimum of 70% cocoa solids to really reap the rewards), can lower ‘bad’ cholesterol whilst raising the levels of ‘good’ cholesterol in your blood which means potentially lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease. Chocolate is also good for the brain (this just gets better and better). Chocolate contains flavanols which are linked with a reduction of memory loss in older people and dark chocolate is also thought to encourage feelings of happiness and wellbeing. Go on treat yourself to a square or three! If this all sounds too good to be true, don’t take our word for it, read this article…http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/healthy-eating/chocolate-10-health-reasons-you-should-eat-more-of-it/