How to Be More Productive at Work

How do you become as productive as Tim Ferriss? The man behind the 4 hour work week book and Tim Ferris blog. The most productive people know what is most important and focus on getting that.

Whether you have your own business or you are an employee in a big corporation, chances are, that you are concerned about your productivity. This can result in a continuous search for new ways to improve it. Working productively will most certainly improve your business operations, increase profits and boost morale.

It looks like more and more companies are embracing the motto “do more with less”, but where does that leave you? Well, in most cases you are the one pushing to complete deadlines, doing 15 different tasks at once, replying to hundreds of emails and phone calls… We believe you get the point.
The one and only purpose of this article is to help you find ways to increase your or your team productivity at the workplace. We advise not trying all of these tips at once, instead, find one or two that you can implement for at least 21 days. That’s the time it takes to form a new habit and then see where to go from there. It takes some time to master the art of being productive.

Technology is the Key

We live in a modern world so why not use that technology progress everybody is talking about to our advantage? There are numerous mobile apps that can help us do more things in less time, automate repetitive day-to-day tasks, organize our lives and much more. Here are just a few we especially like:

PDF to JPG Converter – If you often work with illustrative materials as we do, this app is a must. It will effortlessly extract JPGs from any PDF in no time.

Evernote – It is a digital notepad that can be synced to a cloud so you can access your notes on any device, wherever you are. It’s great when traveling and working remotely.

Dropbox – Centralized place where you can store all your documents, pictures, videos, writeups, etc, which can then be accessed on any device wherever you are. It is also great for team collaboration on the same document.

Stop Multitasking & Minimize Distractions

In today’s busy world, multitasking is used very frequently, but the truth is, only a few people can claim that they are skilled multitaskers. Human beings are capable of performing one important task at a time so this is why multitasking is generally not a great idea. Therefore, in order to work more efficiently and productively, you should reduce distractions around you which will ultimately help you focus. Try switching your phone to vibrate, turning off email notifications and reduce email checks only to specific time frames. If only the thought of going out of the grid scares you just remember that not that long ago our society functioned perfectly without email, phones, and all other technology advancements.

Break Down Big Tasks into Smaller Pieces

Every new and large project you get assigned to may seem like an impossible thing to manage or finish. You might even get scared of just thinking about it. But once you start breaking it down into smaller pieces you will realize how each part goes with the other making a perfect creation which doesn’t look so scary anymore. So how do you do that? First, you need to be aware of all of the pieces and assets needed for the project and who do you need to talk to first. Once that is out of the way, break up those pieces and then estimate how much time you are going to need to accomplish them. A clear understanding of the tasks, putting the steps in the right place and precise time estimate for their completion will do wonders for your productivity.

Prioritize and Be Productive

This one is essential if you want to become more efficient. Not all tasks are the same and if you won’t accept it, some of your most important tasks may end up unfinished. On the other hand, by not prioritizing your workload could become unusually big. To-do lists can help you with that. Write down all the tasks you have for the following week and rank them based on their importance (based on time-sensitivity, size, personal gratification, etc.) When going through your list you have to make sure that you are not finishing the easiest tasks just to make yourself feel productive. Once your tasks are placed according to the importance it is absolutely crucial to complete them in that order.

2 Pizza Rule? Yes, It’s Real!

As we all know, meetings are big time wasters, especially if there is a huge crowd of 20-30 people on some kind of brainstorming session. We know the drill, the same people who always talk will talk while the silent ones will stay silent. So the theory is, if you have to order more than 2 pizzas to feed people at your meeting, then the meeting team is too big. There will be not enough discussion. More people won’t mean better ideas or faster action. So if you have a team with just the right people more ideas will emerge.

We hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as we enjoyed writing it, and we truly hope that some of these tips you will find very useful and will implement in your everyday work. What are the productivity tips you swear by? Please let us know in the comments below.

Check out this YouTube video of Tim Ferris sharing tips on how to be more productive.

Art & Design: David Adjaye Will Design a Museum in India|Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Goes to Ghana

David Adjaye is Designing a ‘Game-Changing’ Contemporary Art Museum in India.

Adjaye Associates has won a very important international competition to design India’s new Kiran Nadar Museum of Art & Cultural Center. The privately-funded center will become a leading cultural powerhouse in India.

The commission was announced yesterday at the 2019 Venice Art Biennale by Mrs Kiran Nadar and Sir David Adjaye. Ghanaian-British architect came top beating international architecture offices in the shortlist, including Ennead Architects, Selldorf Architects, Snøhetta and Thomas Phifer and Partners. 

At the announcement in Venice, Adjaye paid tribute to Kiran Nadar’s “incredible passion for the arts”. The collector is married to the businessman Shiv Nadar, the founder of the $8bn company HCL Technologies, and the two are major patrons for the Indian art scene. “This Center will be a cultural powerhouse open to all, furthering our vision of making art accessible to everyone. It is rooted in the conviction that we need to make protected spaces for the life of the imagination. Just as literacy and education programs open minds, the arts and culture experience stimulates new ways of thinking,” said Kiran Nadar, Chair, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and Cultural Center.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is Coming to Accra for Her Art Exhibition

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is due to show works in Ghana later this year and at Tate Britain in 2020 Spring (19 May-31 August).

The London-based painter is showing nine newly commissioned works at the Ghana pavilion which is making its debut at this year’s Venice Biennale (until 24 November); some of her works will go on show at the National Museum of Ghana in Accra when the pavilion exhibition tours after the Biennale ends. Other artists included in the pavilion presentation, entitled Ghana Freedom, include John Akomfrah, Ibrahim Mahama and Felicia Abban.

The Ghanaian pavilion, located in the Artiglierie of the historic Arsenale, has been designed by the prominent UK-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye. The pavilion curator is the Ghanaian writer and art historian Nana Oforiatta Ayim. They are both working on a number of cultural initiatives aimed at boosting the profile of the West African country.

The Tate show meanwhile will bring together more than 80 paintings and works on paper dating from 2003 to today. “Through her focus on the depiction of imagined black characters Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings raise important questions of identity and representation,” a Tate statement says.

In 2010, the artist told The New York Times that her compositions are “suggestions of people… they don’t share our concerns or anxieties. They are somewhere else altogether.”

Read more about the artist here.

Millennials are Not Fake! Here are 8 Personal Finance Apps Millennials are Crazy About

No more living paycheck to paycheck. These personal finance apps will make your financial life easy.

You’ve probably heard before, that millennials are entitled, lazy (still debatable) and are likely to be delusional about the future.

While it’s true that millennials are most likely in financial issues because of student loan debt, increasing house prices and let’s face it – historically low wages. One thing for sure is that this group of people know how to advocate for themselves at work, are very entrepreneurial and are optimistic.

A recent article by Business Insider explained that some millennials are making good decisions with their money. This includes zero credit-debit card debt, saving up for retirement and preparing to buy a home.


Like most people would think, it seems like debt can sneak upon us, but how can millennials prepare better for a sound financial future?

We’ve looked 8 personal finance apps for millennials, including tracking apps, which can help solve this problem. Some of these personal finance apps do not offer payroll services. Due to the sheer number of millennials in business and with a side hustle, this could be a potential service that fintechs could offer.

These are the 8 of the fastest-growing personal finance apps by start-ups of all time who are targeting millennials that we can trust:

  1. Robinhood – this personal finance tool has grown very quickly in a very remarkable way. It allows millennials to trade stocks on their mobile for free. It currently has 2 million users and add 140000 new users every month.
  2. Credit Karma – this app gives you free credit score and free credit reports monitoring. It also provides access to short-term loans. Most users come for the Debt Repayment Calculator to calculate the amount of interest left on their debt. Even more, they also use the Credit Score Simulator to see how their credit score might change with a hard inquiry. Other free tool you can use on Credit Karma include:
    • Credit Score Simulator
    • Debt Repayment Calculator
    • Simple Loan Calculator
    • Amortization Calculator
  3. Acorns – this financial planning app that makes it easier to invest your money. You can invest lump sums or set up recurring deposits, but its primary differentiator is the “Round-Ups” feature. For instance, if you pay for a £3.69 coffee with your credit card, and Acorns will round it up to £4.00 and put that £0.31 into an investment portfolio. We love that Acorns taps into is the positive potential of this phenomenon. Instead of rewarding you for compulsive behaviour, Acorns harnesses micro-payments (and the associated dopamine rush from making them) to help you save
  4. Qapital – a simple personal finance app that helps make your personal financial goals easy. Qapital deducts money automatically from your account upon certain actions or milestones. Unlike other personal finance app, it doesn’t simply round up the fees on transactions or deposit a set amount of money into your account every week or month, Qapital allows users to set up advanced rules with conditions for when money will be saved. For example, you could deposit a certain amount of money every time you spend money on Starbucks or McDonald’s, or every time you come in under a certain amount of spending on one of your guilty pleasures.  Another instance is that, you can reward yourself for walking a certain number of steps or logging a certain number of workouts with your Apple Health app, or create any variety of triggers yourself (powered by the platform IFTTT, or If This Then That), such as:
    • Save every time the temperature rises above 75 degrees
    • Save every time you post a picture to Instagram
    • Save every time you pin a new goal to a Pinterest board
  5. Mint – a fast-growing app created tons of personal finance blogs in the beginning which are useful. Spreadsheet junkies will love their monthly budget template and for family’s household budget templates. You can also get awesome personal finance tips through interviews with personal finance lovers. You could also pull all your financial transactions from your bank, including your credit and debit cards. This will save you an hour of meticulously tagging each one to see your spending habits. It’s all automated.
  6.  Money Dashboard – this mobile app will help millennials see their finances in one place. You can categorise your spending and view your money habits over six months using charts and graphics. You can equally add multiple current accounts, savings accounts as well as credit cards to your dashboard. Unlike, other money apps, you can’t move money from one account to the other with this app.
  7. Tiller – an alternative to Level Money which was a beloved app by millennials. Tiller uses Yodlee to connect your financial institutions and pumps your transaction and balance data into a Google Spreadsheet. The app also comes with a pre-made spreadsheet templates that can categorise your expenses.
  8. Stashthis app is very similar to Robinhood. However, it helps you think about long term investment. Stash lets you invest in buckets of related stocks with as little as $5. That lets you build a portfolio much more easily than in an app where you must buy a discrete unit of stock like Amazon. It essentially allows you to invest in different portfolios and diversify in areas you are passionate about including climate change

Did we miss any app, let us know in the comment below the apps you are using to make your financial life easy.

This article will be refreshed with latest personal finance apps in the market.


The mostly-neutral range was anything but one-dimensional.

Nigerian designer Yutee Rone has released Spring Summer collection from her eponymous brand. This comes in just in time to get our wardrobes ready and revive our summer bodies. The glamorous designer and mother of 3 tells us that this collection is inspired by lotus, the aquatic flower colloquially known as Water Lily.

This is the first time we’re featuring the Nigerian fashion house and it’s one for the books.
Neutral and soft aqua colours dominate the collection lending a girly touch to some looks while the floral elements bring Summer vibes.

Just like the arresting flower, this collection is unique in the manner in which it acutely captures the effervescent, confident demeanor of the Yutee Rone woman. The collection is intentionally youthful and cuts across her many, many adventures, international travels, and interests as a modern woman.
The designer, Yutee Rone, employs a seasoned and pragmatic approach to the collection, choosing cool, breezy pastels over dull colors. The same care and attention is employed in the – ultimately – impeccable finishing. Overall, this is a testament to what Yutee can do with very limited use of color or print — a lot.

See every look from Yutee Rone’s Spring Summer 2019 collection in the gallery below.

  • Creative Credits 
  • Brand: @yuteerone
  • Photography @joshsisly
  • Model @napari_ishaBrand consultant @mreinconsulting​

Are you looking to learn how to become a fashion designer? we’ve found a link to a guide on how you can get started. Click link here.

Become The New Commonwealth Export Champion

Are you a Small Business Owner from a Commonwealth country? And are you looking for how to export your products to the UK? Here’s an exciting opportunity to make this happen!

Look at Shalom Lloyd, for example, who is a British-Nigerian business woman from the UK, who became an export champion in 2018. She is the founder of Naturally Tribal, a high quality natural skincare product. As a Commonwealth champion, she met with Lord Mayor of London @citylordmayor, CWEIC chief @RichardDABurge and as well as prominent business leaders and government officials in Nigeria.

Shalom did it and you can too! But wait, you need to answer these questions first:

  • Do you want access to 1/3 of the world’s population?
  • Is your business growing fast with high export potential?
  • Do you have ambitious plans to grow internationally?
  • Do you have what it takes to become a Commonwealth Export Champion?

CommonwealthFirst established the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) with a mission to encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to trade and invest across the Commonwealth. This market comprises of 53 English speaking countries with a combined population of 2.2 billion – at least 60% of whom are under the age of 30 – and a combined GDP of approximately US$9.6 trillion.

Over three years, Commonwealth is selecting 100 leading UK SMEs to become Commonwealth Export Champions. Export Champions will have a unique access and support in their work to win new business in the fast growing Commonwealth markets. Their success will be showcased as an encouragement to the wider UK business community.

The enterprise will select small business owners with a focus on e-commerce as well as early stage start-ups to businesses across all the Commonwealth nations.

What’s in it for you as a Commonwealth export champion?

Let’s See!

As an export champion, you will be a part of a world-class 3-year programme. You will also have international support which include:

  • Travelling to fast growing Commonwealth markets such as Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Nigeria and South Africa
  • Access to high level networks and introductions: so you can ensure you are dealing with the right people in country
  • Training and mentoring: leading UK exporters, country and technical experts will support you
  • Profiling and branding opportunities
  • Assistance from UK GovernmentTrade AssociationsChambers of Commerce and a network of Suppliers

Seems like this is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss and you should indeed apply.

Applications are now open and it seems fairly simple to apply this time to become an Export Champion. You can view and download the application form immediately. Click here.

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See What’s Coming: Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Investec Cape Town Art Fair honours emerging artists including Dennis Osadebe and Prince Gyasi.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair showcases a diversity of work that represents the forefront of contemporary art from Africa to the world, and the world to Cape Town.

The city boasts a vibrant arts scene, driven by the top galleries on the African continent and beyond. Thanks to its diverse cultural heritage and geographic beauty, Cape Town is a compelling destination for both art world professionals and collectors alike.

Galleries showcasing their artists include Goodman Gallery; Christopher Moller, Nil Gallery, 99 Loop Gallery, Ayyam Gallery, October Gallery and Addis Fine Art.

Dennis Osadebe

Apply for the Atlas Corps Fellowship in the United States

About Atlas Corps

Calling all young leaders in the Non profit field to check out the Atlas Corps Fellowship is a 12-18 month Fellowship in the United States for the world’s top social change leaders. Atlas Service Corps, Inc. (Atlas Corps), started in 2006, is an international network of social sector leaders and organisations that promotes innovation, cooperation and solutions to address the world’s 21-century challenges. Their mission is to address critical issues by developing leaders, strengthening organisations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 12 to 18 months, professional fellowships at organisations to learn best practices, build organisational capacity, and return home to create a network of global changemakers.

Their mission is to address critical issues by developing leaders, strengthening organisations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 12 to 18 months, professional fellowships at organisations to learn best practices, build organisational capacity, and return home to create a network of global changemakers.


The Fellowship

Atlas Corps is recruiting social change leaders from around the world for a 12-month professional fellowship in the United States. They are seeking applications from global leaders aged between 22 and 35 years old with English proficiency, a college degree, and a passion for a life-changing personal and professional experience.

Participants in this prestigious fellowship receive health insurance, flight and visa costs, and a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing).

Find out more information and apply here:

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Applications close on 28th February.

African and Entrepreneurial? You can Become the New US$100,000 Anzisha Prize Winner

Are you a proactive African entrepreneur who is also under 22? The Anzisha Prize program which is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation has just launched the call for 2019 applications. This time around the program is looking for young enterprising Africans between the ages 15 and 22 with innovative social and business entrepreneurs.

Young entrepreneurs who apply will have the opportunity to win a share of US$100,000; connect to a global network of leaders and also receive business consulting support. The grand prize winner will win US$25,000, 1st runner-up will receive US$15,000 and 2nd runner-up will receive US$12,500.

With the launch of the 9th annual Anzisha Prize, the organisers look forward to celebrating the stories of successful entrepreneurship in Africa.

This is How Melissa Won

Melissa is a nursing graduate and the founder of INFIUSS, an online blood bank which has distributed over 3800 pints of blood across 28 hospitals in Yaounde, Cameroon. When she was chosen as a finalist, she was flown to Johannesburg for an all expenses paid business accelerator run by the African Leadership Academy. At the end of the programme, she had the opportunity to pitch her business to a panel of renowned judges. Melissa won due to her innovative business model that demonstrated the importance of job creation and scalability.

Melissa Bime_2018 Anzisha Prize winner-February 2019


  1. You must be between 15 and 22 years old with an ID document or Passport to present as evidence. Anyone born before November 1, 1996 or after October 31, 2004 will not be considered.
  2. You must be a national of an African country with a business based in Africa for African customers/ beneficiaries.
  3. Your business must be up and running. The Anzisha Prize is not for great ideas or business plans – you must have already started, and be able to prove it! You have time to get started now and have tangible results to share before applications open.
  4. Your business, invention or social project can be in any field or industry (science and technology, civil society, arts as well as culture, sports, etc.). Any kind of venture is welcome to apply.
  5. Individuals who apply must be one of the founding members of a business (for example, 2 or 3 co-founders who started up the project together)

Applicants are equally advised that judging criteria requires them to show commitment to growing their venture into a job-creation engine with the ability to demonstrate their contribution to society.

All the criteria can be found on the Anzisha website at 

Download the application guide here:

You can apply through this link

The application deadline is on 31 March 2019. Don’t miss out!

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Check Out the Awesome Special Projects at 1-54 Art Fair Marrakech

In case you missed the 1-54 art fair in London this year? Do not panic, another edition is happening very soon! Plan your escape to Morocco this Winter by joining an awesome crew of art enthusiasts, collectors, artists and gallery owners  for 1-54 contemporary art fair Marrakech. This is even more exciting because the organisers are lining up some incredible projects in fantastic locations i.e. Yves Saint Laurent Museum.

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Well, here’s a list of special projects at the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. The projects, for its second Marrakech edition, will be taking place at La Mamounia, 23 – 24 February 2019, with VIP and Press Previews on 21 and 22 February.

  • Renowned American artist Brice Marden’s inaugural solo exhibition in Marrakech at Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech
  • New site-specific commission by Beirut-based artist Amine El Gotaibi at Dar Moulay Ali
  • Sound installation exploring immigration and post-colonialism by Emeka Ogboh at DADA
  • A group show featuring exciting artists working in Africa at Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL)
  • Solo exhibition of Saâd Ben Cheffaj, pioneer of the Moroccan modernism school at Salon de Thé, La Mamounia
  • Work by five artists from Côte d’Ivoire at Montresso* Art Foundation
  • Two exhibitions African Poetries and Hybridizations presented by Comptoir des Mines Galerie

Participating galleries for this edition include the following:

Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire / Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Mikael Andersen (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)
Galerie Poggi (Paris, France)
Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa)
In Situ – fabienne leclerc (Paris, France)
Katharina Maria Raab (Berlin, Germany)
L’Atelier 21 (Casablanca, Morocco)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)
LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Officine dell’Immagine (Milan, Italy)
Primo Marella Gallery (Milan, Italy)
Retro Africa (Abuja, Nigeria)
Siniya28 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Sulger Buel (London, United Kingdom)
Vigo Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Yossi Milo Gallery (New York, United States)


Did you miss our Instagram stories from 1-54 Art Fair in London? Here are some photos to enjoy:

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Urenna Okonkwo, Cashmere App Founder Shares Lessons on Goal Setting

On November 6th, 14 females from various career backgrounds came together to discuss goal setting with Urenna Okonkwo, founder of Cashmere. Organised by Now You’re Talking, a community for millennial female leaders, Urenna shared her journey on being a tech founder and tips on goal setting. She is the mastermind of Cashmere, a savings platform for luxury eCommerce and one of the winners for TechWomen100.

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What Cashmere allows millennials to do is to save up enough money for their luxury trips and luxury products. If you’re looking for a smart way to buy a Gucci bag in the future, you can begin saving for it without breaking the bank or going bankrupt. Her journey like many other founders started when she saw a gap in the marketplace for expensive luxury items and millennial money. She shared some incredible tips on being an entrepreneur and running her own business.

Here are the top lessons on goal setting from the event:

  1. Clear Planning – Always plan in detail and seek help when you can’t do it all alone. Look at your strengths and your weaknesses and understand what you can outsource. Be eager to learn and receive feedback
  2. Goal Setting – Always write things down
  3. Plan For The Week Ahead – Be very detailed in your planning even up to each hour of the day. At the end of the week, go through your list of achievements and understand whether you have achieved your goal of the week
  4. Be Mindful Of Your Time – We all know how social media can be a big distraction if we do not manage our time properly. Urenna suggests we set a time apart for social media use and also to track the time we spend on social media
  5. Calls And Email Are Better Than Meeting Up – Is the meeting absolutely necessary? Can you discuss the matter over the phone? How much of your time would this take? Urenna explained how she deals with time wasters or people who want to meet up for the purpose of meeting up to discuss “ideas”. She normally asks if they can send her a list of questions on the business idea / agenda of points to discuss in the meeting. If the questions or points can be answered via email, she sends her responses to save time and energy
  6. Schedule Time On Your Calendar – Urenna suggests that Calendly (free meeting scheduling app) has helped her to manage her schedules for meetings and calls
  7. Take Your Mental Health SeriouslyHappiness planner has been useful to create time and awareness of her mental well-being
  8. Have Your Accountability Partners – “You’re the average of 5 people around you” – Will Smith.  Your accountability partners are those who are equally as ambitious as you are and with whom you share goals. They will check on you to make sure you’re on track to achieve your goals
  9. Document Your Achievement – She finds that documenting her achievements makes her feel better and is also a form of self care to acknowledge your hard work
  10. Believe In What You Do Before Taking A Leap – Social media can be quite misleading in terms of what people choose to share and not share about their journey to success. She agrees that it can be difficult to take the leap, but it’s also very rewarding. In her own words “if it’s what you want and what you believe in, go for it!”

Lily Okorokwo and Urenna Okonkwo

Now You’re Talking will be running events in 2019 across London. Not just for the wisdom being dropped across the table but also for the connections and new friends you meet. Want to learn how you can effectively set goals and achieve them? Keep an eye out for future events.

Think of your future self today and do what you would do as that person, attend the events she would attend, do the things she would do and meet the people she would meet.

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