The Best Tip for Being Productive in the Pursuit of Your Dreams

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Taking yourself out of your usual environment, every once in a while, is a great way to get some perspective on your life. It is often during these displacements that I learn new things about myself or remember old lessons (you know how we humans forget!).

I was away in New York for most of July. It wasn't a holiday as I spent most of it busy working and, despite this, or actually, because of it, I came to some game-changing conclusions.

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Labour/May Day Special: Posts for those who’ll be resting and posts for those who’ll be building

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For many of you around the world, today – labour day or May Day – is a holiday. Free time for you to spend relaxing, with yourself or with family and friends, and for some of you, extra time to spend working on building that idea you've been nurturing and perhaps even executing. 

Whether you're taking a break from your labour or indeed hustling to transform its shape, here's some inspiration for you via popular posts from the Afri-love archives.

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Ways to Use Pinterest as a Creative Tool

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Pinterest is much more than just a place to salivate over pretty pictures. My obsession with beautiful things aside, what keeps me going back to use the social media platform, again and again, has to do with its function as a creative tool. 'Tool' you ask? Indeed! You may actually be able to justify adding Pinterest to your timesheet. Here are some ideas of how you can use the platform towards more productive ends (not that the act of seeking inspiration can't be productive – context is everything).

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Asilia Training Series Debut: Project Web, 10th April, Nairobi

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Over the past two and a half years at Asilia, we've learned a heck of a lot and we've always been keen to share that learning with other entrepreneurs and passionate people, so that they can avoid some of the pitfalls themselves. Increasingly, particularly with the Kenya side of the business, we've been approached by people who are frustrated by the whole website creation process. Whether it's designers and developers gone rogue or a struggle to manage the various aspects that are involved in producing a great site. 

We've conspired with some of our collaborators and are happy to announce the first session in Asilia's new training series: Project Web – a one-day course in executing website projects. This is an opportunity for designers, developers, project managers, account managers, students and other web enthusiasts to learn from an international agency and professionals who have worked in the industry for over 10 years.

 

What will you get out of it?

  • An understanding of how to effectively manage website projects
  • An overview of the different components involved in website creation, from pre-project; planning and specifications; design; development; data entry and testing and; deployment and maintenance
  • Learning on how to manage enterprise-level projects across several teams and/or organisations
  • An introduction of how to coordinate and work with international clients and/or teams
  • A take-home course pack containing material covered on the day and additional resources that you can reference when working on your website projects

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Getting Down to Business at the 2013 Women of the World Festival (WOW 2013)


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Great things happen when women come together

In a little over a week, the 2013 Women of the World Festival at London's Southbank Centre begins. Last year was my first experience of WOW and I listened to a myriad stimulating talksI spoke and shared ideas, learned that I'm funny and embraced my reticent inner fashionista! I'm incredibly excited about doing it all again and this year's line-up of events is even more enticing than before.

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3 Tried and Tested Productivity Tools

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I'm on a real productive streak at the moment and several things come to mind as possible factors:

  1. It's finally summer in the UK. At least for this week. That means I'm getting more sun (and necessary vitamin D) and finding more excuses to go outside. As somebody who works from home, I find it very easy to spend all days indoors without realising it!
  2. My changing diet. I've been pretty much primal for several months now but after finally reading Mark Sisson's The Primal Blueprint, I was inspired to go 21 days straight with no grains and no sugar (I'll be sharing why and how it's been next week).
  3. Exercise. Something that I stopped doing regularly a few months ago (because of travel, life and if I'm really honest, not being bothered enough to prioritise it). But as I make diet changes, I am also making other lifestyle changes and that involves a whole lot more moving (I'll be sharing more about that soon too).

All in all, I'm feeling good and that usually translates to getting more, quality, satisfying stuff done. I constantly have several things on my plate, what with running a business, managing staff and client projects, keeping up with chores, working on Afri-love and trying to have a life. 

I don't want to say I couldn't do all this without my trusty tools (I don't want to give up total hope on human potential) BUT, right now, the following productivity tools are a godsend:

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Top Afri-love picks for the Women at the World Festival 2012, at London’s Southbank Centre

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The Southbank Centre's Women of the World Festival returns this month to coincide with International Women's Day on Thursday 8th March. Celebrating the formidable strength and inventiveness of women, there is an even more exciting line-up of activities, talks, debates and performances than last year.

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Interview with author, photographer and Black film aficionado, Nadia Denton

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I've been working with Nadia Denton for the past few months and she's got so much up her sleeve! She's involved in film – she established and co-ordinated Black Filmmaker (bfm) Film Club, a monthly platform for Black World Cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Arts between April 2003 – Jan 2010 – and just this month launched her book, The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide to Success (which you can download for free!); she has an exhibition of her photography going on right now; she's developed the Black History Month film programme in Islington, London and; she's in charge of PR & Marketing for the upcoming Film Africa 2011 festival. I'm always super-inspired by creative people who dabble in several areas and happy to hear what makes them tick. Today, Nadia shares …


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5 reasons why design matters: An argument for African parents, businesses & other skeptics

Last week I attended the inaugral Manchester Design Symposium (MDS), an event great for inspiration and rejuvenating creativity. As far as I could see though, I was the only black person in an auditorium of hundreds and it’s likely that I was the only African too.

It had me questioning why. Is it geography? Are there just not enough black/African designers and people interested in design who live in Manchester/who heard about the event/who were willing to pay for the event? Or does it have something more to do with our culture? Are there just not that many black/African people who are exposed to design as being a viable profession or worse, are there just not enough black/African people willing to go against the grain enough to pursue a career in the creative industry?

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Top picks for the Women of the World (WOW) Festival, Southbank Centre, London

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The Southbank Centre annual Women of the World (WOW) Festival starts tomorrow and it's set to be a really great experience. Celebrating the formidable strength and inventiveness of women, it will feature music performances, films, comedy, theatre, poetry, as well as a three-day conference dealing with debates, talks, workshops, networking and mentoring opportunities.

Afri-love Highlights:

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