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Time Management is a Skill You Must Acquire

Keeping to time is more than punctuality, it is focus. Many people have given ‘time’ their own synonyms, not because those are the lexicon meanings but because time indeed is limited and irreversible. For example, time is money, time is everything, etc.

Effective time management will earn you more respect, and you will be taken more seriously. For instance, if you arrive late for an interview, you are already at a disadvantage. Whether you like it or not, the interviewer will have a bad impression about you.

Lateness is almost like a disease. Can we expect punctuality from others if we are consistently late or would we like to be kept waiting just like we keep others waiting?

These days, 24 hours is hardly enough. Sometimes you just wish you can have extra hours to fulfill your tasks. There are times you are so busy you even forget to eat and you just notice you don’t get to do all that you’ve set out to do for the day.

Time management helps you achieve more with less effort and like every other skill, it can be acquired. It is more about results than activities.

Below are some tips.

Keep a To-Do list, give timelines and follow through

As cliche as this sounds, it is still a key to effective time management. This way you can be in control and even have a record of what you have done and what is yet to be done.

Prioritize

Being efficient may not necessarily mean effectiveness. Some deliverables will be more important and pressing than the others.

­­So much energy and time can be dedicated to unimportant tasks that will end up yielding nothing.  It is always better to concentrate more on the important tasks.

Plan

You will achieve more if you plan. Abraham Lincoln’s famous quote expressed thus “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” focuses on smart work rather than hard work.

Don’t Procrastinate

No matter how tempting it is, don’t do it. “Never leave till tomorrow what you can do today”.

Recap your activities for the day

One of the fastest ways to learn from mistakes and improve is to recap past activates and results. You need to do this daily.

Get up to 7 to 8 hours sleep every night

An extra hour of sleep can make a lot of difference. It can improve general health, daily productivity and reduce stress. A good night sleep leaves you refreshed and energetic for the day’s errands.

Inability to manage your time effectively can cost you a lot. From poor reputation, to hindered career, missed deadlines, unproductive work flow, poor work quality and the list is endless.

The Mall of Malls is Coming to Town

There’s no doubt that retail business is a very promising sector in the real estate industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially Nigeria, and mixed-use developments will be at the center of it all.

Blending a combination of commercial, social, institutional, or industrial uses, where those functions are physically and functionally integrated, while providing connections is becoming more and more vital by the day. This is believed to be the future of real estate industry.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was recently rebased to $510 billion for 2013, thereby becoming the largest economy in Africa. The real estate sector contributed 8.01 percent to the economy equivalent to N6.43 trillion ($40.9 billion). As growth increases, the middle class ­­­surges and their purchasing power also increases, creating more demand; hence a huge supply gap in that segment.

With all these in mind and based on the belief that development has to be the centerpoint of the real estate cycle , Afriland Properties Plc. together with Lagos State Development Property Corporation (LSDPC) in 2013 entered into a joint venture arrangement to redevelop the iconic Falomo Shopping Complex in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Sited in the historical Falomo environs, a former fishing village built on Swampy land as far back as the 1940s, the new Falomo Mall is being redeveloped into a world class shopping mall and office complex that will serve the needs of the growing demand in Lagos State and beyond.

Piling work is almost at the completion stage and the new Falomo mall is expected to open its doors in 2017.

Afriland Properties Plc. is a foremost Property Development and Management Company with diverse experience, dedication and excellence in construction. The Company aims at creating long term value for all stakeholders and also deliver world-class developments by leveraging global best practices, strategic partnerships, excellence, and innovation.

For more information or enquiries, please send a mail to info@afrilandproperties.com

 

Decorating Your Home Could Be a Piece of Cake

Adding coziness and allure to a home is one goal inhabitants constantly strive to achieve. From the paints to furniture, blinds, and even floor mats, things need to change or improve from time to time in order to brighten the environment and make it conducive to live.

A lot of this will depend on taste, style, choices as well as budget. Decorating a home is not a task many look forward to but these few tricks and tips will help.

Have a clear intention

What exactly do you want? Do you want your home to have a particular personality? Are you trying to achieve a precise ambience? Answers to all these questions will give you direction and reduce the stress that can be associated with decorating your home.

Having an idea of the personality you intend to give your home will suggest the kind of materials needed to achieve this. For instance, if you want the ‘cool’ personality, you might want to avoid red, this is because red is believed to be lurid.

Create a budget

Set a reasonable budget based on the amount you can actually afford to spend. If you have a very low budget, your project can be in phases, starting from the most to the least important.

You don’t have to buy everything at once.

Pick your colors: You need a color scheme

color scheme

Courtesy: myhomeideas

But first you need to understand colors:

Understanding Color

It’s important to start with the basics of color theory. Look at a color wheel. First, identify the primary colors of red, blue, and yellow. Next, look for secondary colors that are blends of the primary shades: orange, green, and violet. Finally, see how the tertiary colors are further blends: yellow-orange, blue-violet.

Complementary colors are located on opposite sides of the wheel (green and red). When combined, each makes the other appear more intense. Colors that are side-by-side on the wheel are analogous. They typically look good together

Go shopping

After making up your mind on what you want, how much you want to spend and your color scheme, you will need to hit the stores to make this happen. Avoid the temptation to go out of your color scheme idea, stick to the plan.

You might also want to take a few space measurements before you go shopping.

Get help

You can’t do everything alone. You can get professionals for painting, carpentry work etc. while relatives can help you with cleaning, packing and so much more.  This will reduce the stress and also project time.

Other Tips

Hang artworks

Add floating shelves

 

How To Nail a Presentation

Did you know that your presentation should be as powerful as your ideas?  As a matter of fact, it should be more believable and engaging. A bad presentation can kill a good idea.

This is because you have that one opportunity to share the thoughts you’ve carefully penned down. Imagine you have one minute to communicate your best idea; the one you have always believed will change the world. Imagine you have one minute to convince the richest Man in the world.

What should you say and how should you say it?

  1. A brief introduction is very essential
  2. Identify and mention existing problems and gaps
  3. Never talk out of point; proffer the solution: Even when you deviate, find your way back to the matter at hand in a very smart way.
  4. Highlight the benefits, advantages etc.
  5. Conclude your presentation
  6. Thank your audience for the opportunity and let everyone have your contact details if possible.

A good speaker must be sensitive to how the audience listens or responds and should be able to adjust based on that.

7 Ways To Earn The World Currency; Trust

Have you ever trusted someone so much that you are almost certain what the person will do, say, where they will go and not go or how they will deliver on a particular task?

Have you ever requested someone’s services over and over again, not even interested in how others offer the same service? If your answer is yes, how did this come to be, did it happen overnight or was it a process?

If trust truly and really means the reliance of one on another’s integrity, strength and ability, then it is an intangible element that may come with tangible benefits. This is because anyone who trusts, will eventually entrust.

Trust is what will make a mother drop off her child at the creche in the morning, hoping to pick him/her up later in the evening. Make you transfer your money over boarders through a bank, believing the recipient will receive it.

Trust is the foundational principle that holds all relationships, a major determinant factor if it will be a good or bad one.

Whether in personal activities, business or family relationships, trust has become a pivot on which excellence will thrive.

Here are a few tips on how to build trust:

1. Be reliable

Don’t say something and the next minute say another. Be consistent and dependable. This way, people will always take your word for it without having to authenticate.

For instance, if you schedule an appointment, make sure you arrive on time and also communicate early enough if running late.

2. Listen more

Don’t just listen to what’s being said, listen to what’s not being said. Pay attention to people’s pains, concerns and worries. This has a way of ensuring the other party that you care.

Someone once said ‘most people do not listen with the intent to understand but to reply. You don’t have to say anything if really there’s nothing to say.

3. Let your Yes be Yes and No be No

 Be firm. Don’t follow the crowd against your beliefs and principles.

4. Go the extra mile

 Always improve on the last assistance you offered someone. Work on people’s briefs like it’s yours and deliver even beyond your promises.

5. Tell the truth always

 If Bo Bennett’s quote expressed thus; “for every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth” is anything to go by, then there’s no such thing ‘as a good lie’.

Always tell the truth even if it will hurt.

6. Be competent: 

Study to show yourself approved. Leave no table unturned. Deliver on the tasks assigned, don’t just deliver, deliver excellently. If you have challenges and won’t meet timelines, make it known on time and find ways around it.

Never leave tasks half way done. People will always come to you if they need things to be done.

7. Once you earn it, don’t lose it

Building trust is a continuous process and that’s why when you lose it, you will have to start all over again. So why lose it?

Don’t throw it to the wind. Rebuilding that trust can be a ‘Mission Impossible’.

Your Dream Home is Within Your Pocket – The Rental Edition

Human beings have always had and will always have needs. Of all these needs, the physiological ones are thought to be the most important and shelter is one of them.

We either buy or rent properties in order to keep ourselves and loved ones safe. In many parts of the world, renting is still the most viable option for so many people who are still saving to buy land or a property outright.

Renting an apartment in Nigeria, especially urban areas, can be quite challenging. First, for availability due to taste and standards. Secondly and most importantly due to high price tags.

Afriland Properties Plc. habitually conducts research to determine how much you should budget for apartments in the following locations.

 

Renting a Two Bedroom Flat

Budget of N300, 000- N5, 000,000 per annum

If you don’t like to spend eye-watering amounts on renting a property but still seek comfort, safety and a nice environment, areas that could be of interest to you are:

Lagos

When budgeting for Lagos, one must adjust budgets in accordance with the often premium price tags attached to these densely populated and highly sought after cities.

 

Magodo

N500, 000- N2,000 000

Close to Berger on Lagos mainland, Magodo is a vibrant area. Some parts of the town, such as Magodo G.R.A offer a luxurious living environment.

 

Ikorodu

N160, 000- N350, 000

Ikorodu is an expanding industrial and residential area on the outskirts of Lagos, sharing a border with Ogun State. Bustling with a lagoon shoreline, it’s further out from some of the main commercial and residential locations of Lagos, but still a viable option for many.

 

Gbagada

N450, 000- N1, 100,000

Gbagada is an increasingly upwardly mobile area with a collection of young professionals opting to live in the area for its cost effectiveness and proximity to the commercial hubs of the city. On the higher end of the scale is Gbagada G.R.A, with its premium homes and gated estates.

 

Lekki

N650, 000-N5, 000,000

Located on the island, Lekki is vast when it comes to cost and indeed quality. Phase 1 is the top end of the budget and is valued as a residential hub full of shops, salons and restaurants that are easily accessed. Further down Lekki, towards Ajah, in areas such as Agungi, properties typically cost less than other parts of the island, thus helping your funds stretch further.

 

Budget of N1, 500,000-20,000,000

For those with more to spend and are seeking high-end offerings, the following areas are arguably considered the most deluxe in Nigeria.

 

Ikoyi

N1,500,000 – N14,250,000

From Obalende to Banana Island, Ikoyi is another Island location that has a vast price gap when it comes to rental properties. If you’re not fortunate enough to stumble upon bargain prime real-estate (which can happen in Ikoyi on the odd occasion), be prepared to pay a pretty penny for what is considered the most elite address in the country, and in fact, highly ranked across Africa.

 

Victoria Island

N1,500,000 – N16,800,000

 

Victoria Island is the commercial epicenter of Lagos, home to every major bank and densely populated with corporate firms, hotels, restaurants and bars. A property here really is at the center of it all.

 

Lekki Phase 1

N650,000 – N5,000,000

Potentially the most residential friendly location in Lagos, Lekki dwellers have an array of convenience stores, eateries, hair salons and mini shopping malls to choose from. For its conveniences, the fact is it lies on sand-filled water and its celebrity inhabitants prices are on the higher side. Some areas are prone to flooding too.

 

Lagos, Ikeja GRA

N800,000-N2,500,000

A former Government Residential Area, Ikeja GRA still boasts an air of refinement and based on the often picturesque, leafy streets and well-built roads, Ikeja GRA can undoubtedly be viewed as one of the nicest parts of the country.

 

Abuja

Asokoro
N800,000 – N6,750,000

Another high end part of the country, where the Presidential villa and most government houses are based. Asokoro is a quiet and serene neighbourhood with easy access into the city’s commercial centre.

 

Abuja, Wuse II
N600,000 – N6,750,000

Wuse II is a leafy suburban, yet central part of Abuja, filled with amenities that make convenience unquestionable. Abuja is vast and for those on the outskirts, a commute can be lengthy and contrary to popular belief- traffic filled during rush hour. For areas such as Wuse, Garki and Asokoro, proximity is key.

 

*We have based our write up on average rental prices in these areas, using a 2 bedroom apartment.