lifestyle management services

Why is time management is important? I don’t know about you, but to me, if ever there was a boring topic, this has to be it. The question then is, why take an interest in it at all?

For a very simple reason, time management is about getting more value out of your time and using it to improve the quality of your life. It is more than just managing our time; it is managing about one relation to time. This is a skill few people master, but it is one that most people need badly. Without mastery of time, one will find success very elusive. It is really activity management and in my opinion, this is life management. In reality, it if you really think about it, wasting time equates to wasting one’s life.

Effective time management is the basis of good personal and professional habits. It is a conscious decision where we decide what is important and then plan our time and our lives around these things. In a profession that requires you to juggle so many tasks and responsibilities every day, effective time management is absolutely critical to your success. Everyone starts the day with 24 hours, no more and no less. How much we achieve within these 24 hours depends on how well we manage what is important to us i.e. our priorities. This could be in the areas on financial, family, physical fitness, social interaction etc.

An important consideration for effective time management is finding regular times in your day when you can work uninterrupted. Do remember that perfect management of time is not a realistic expectation. Doing it effectively requires us to actively clarify our priorities. This brings about peace and balance to your life. It is not necessarily about working “harder”, but rather, “smarter”. It is about getting yourself organized and being aware of what is important to your. It is simply based on an attitude and the choices you make.

For most people, time management is THE #1 stumbling block to their success. This is often due to underlying attitudes or beliefs. Whatever your definition of success, time management is at its core. Time never stands still for anyone, which means time management is essential. It is one of those things we’d all like to get a better handle on – the science of how to use the hours in a day more efficiently. However, take care that you do not overload yourself. It is straightforward – but it takes time.

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gay travel

Thailand–the land of smiles–is, at once, a rich cultural experience as well as a gay travel Mecca. With 90% of its population following the Buddhist philosophy, homosexuality is widely accepted without protest or judgment. Though an anything-goes policy is in order once the bedroom doors have been closed, visitors should inform themselves on the otherwise modest customs and traditions of this country’s fascinating people. Since some of these can be quite unique and unusual to the westerner, it is advised that one do a bit of research on the topic before embarking on gay vacations to the country, or on any gay tours offered there.

For instance, although the sight of two men walking the streets arm in arm may be completely acceptable and normal to the typical Thai person who views this as ‘a simple friendship’, a man and a woman holding hands as they walk is not so readily accepted. And though sexual acts are left to the discretion of the involved individuals behind closed doors, public displays of nudity are considered absolutely unacceptable–even wearing shorts and a tank top is questionable in some areas and establishments. Never should one touch another’s head, as the head is considered to be sacred. And one should make sure never to point one’s feet in the direction of another human being, since this also is viewed as being taboo.

A visit to Thailand can be as relaxed or as active as the traveler chooses it to be. Most gay tours are geared toward the ever popular nightlife scene. Go-go clubs, boy bars and sexy discos have been popping up at an increasing rate over the past few years in larger cities such as Bangkok, Chiangmai and Phuket, making these the ultimate destinations for the sexually adventurous traveler. On the other hand, gay vacations to quieter and more traditional regions like Koh Samui offer visitors a peek into the true, laid-back Thai island experience. Here, the crystal clear waters and magnificent rock formations are the main day-time attractions. But don’t be fooled; the nightlife, though less common than in the larger cities, is still widely available and not to be missed.

Some other ideas for gay travel in this fascinating country would include; catching one of the drag performances offered in the larger cities (Calypso in the Bangkok Asia Hotel is considered one of the best), a visit to one of the many Buddhist temples (remember to dress appropriately), joining one of the gay tours which take you to camp out in the hills with tribal villagers or to the rainforest where you’ll sleep in a floating bamboo hut.

The best time for travel to Thailand is between November and February, as March and April can be quite hot and May through October, the monsoon season, even hotter and more humid. Gay vacations should be booked keeping in mind that the country offers three separate gay pride festivals in the major cities of Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket.

Thailand, and its people are full of surprises. The phrase ‘Mai pen rai’, or ‘it’s nothing/no worries/it’s cool’ tells all about the country and its inhabitants. Gay people are more than accepted by the general Thai population, making Thailand the ultimate choice for gay travel.

Howie Holben is owner and caretaker of Spirit Journeys. His personal journey through addiction and recovery has spawned in him a need to assist others on their own spiritual path and he takes great pleasure in introducing others to practices, sacred ways and cultures to help them “step outside their box”. He is a Reiki and Karuna Ki Master and also a Quantum Touch and Breathwork Practioner. His goal is to help others uncover their potential by setting their hearts and minds free. You can learn more about Howie and gay vacations with a spiritual focus at Spirit Journeys.

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villa a javea

If you have dreamed of buying a villa, apartment or any other type of property in Spain, then one of the foremost places that comes to mind is Javea. It’s a location that will surely fulfill those dreams of spending warm sunny days on pristine sandy beaches or taking long solitary walks along the lovely Mediterranean coastline.

Javea, a seaport located on the Costa Blanca, is an increasingly popular destination for people wishing to buy Spanish property. The beaches on the Costa Blanca, backed by rolling pine covered hills, are reputed to be amongst the finest on the Mediterranean coast and in Europe.

A lot of credit for the current demand for Spanish property in Javea must go to the city councils whose planning policies have laid down strict restrictions on the stipulated heights of buildings. The consequent low-rise development policies have ensured that the area has not been converted into a concrete jungle stamped with monotonous high rises.

Lower property prices in Javea

One of the biggest advantages of buying property in Javea is that prices are much lower than on the Costa Del Sol, for example, and typically range from EUR175,000 for an apartment up to EUR320,000 for a villa. Couple this with the growth of tourism in the region and you can see the immense potential that buying property in Javea offers. Not only can one expect a substantial appreciation in property prices but also expect to get good rental income owing to the high demand from both Europeans and Spanish nationals.

The opportunities presented by an investment in Spanish property are validated by reputed analysts and data available from the government. According to an independent property expert Mark Stucklin, who writes on Spanish property for The Sunday Times, the latest government figures point out that the best performing regions in terms of property investment lie in the Mediterranean coastal areas. Of these popular areas, the inflation rates in Alicante in Costa Blanca are lower than the national average during the latest review period. The government figures also show that property appreciation rates in the coastal areas range between 8.6 -18.6 percent, by all means a healthy figure. Even discounting an element of likely exaggeration in these statistics, the numbers still present an extremely attractive picture of opportunity in investing in property in Javea. Don’t forget that old adage: when it comes to buying property, it is all about “location, location & location” – and undoubtedly, the location that is really hot right now is Javea.

Who’s buying property in Javea

Of course, the UK has always been the main driving force for property sales in Javea and along the Costa Blanca. The extremely cheap airfares from various airports in the UK to Alicante and Murcia have contributed immensely to the attractiveness of Javea as a property investment haven.

At the same time, statistics show that apart from the Brits, other europeans too are flocking in increasing numbers to buy property on the Costa Blanca. According to real estate agents, these buyers are impressed by the sun and a perfect living climate — and they seem prepared to pay a premium for it.

Javea enjoys a special niche in the property investment market as the area has established itself as a source of stable rental income all the year round. Investors can, in respect to two-bed, two-bathroom properties for example, expect a rental income of about 700 Euros per week during the summer and 500 per week during the autumn and winter season. Moreover, the government is also providing an impetus to the property boom by building highly exclusive golf, lifestyle resorts and low rise luxury villa complexes with bars, restaurants and a host of other facilities.

So, if you are looking for an overseas property in Spain that gives you a regal lifestyle at great prices, then buying a property in Javea probably offers one of the best options.

villa a javea