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5 tips to boost your productivity and achieve more in your small business | Zest e-Biz. Have you ever got to the end of your week and thought, ‘Wow that went fast…but what did I actually achieve?’ We all have 24 hours in a day, but some people seem to achieve a lot more than others! Here’s what I’ve noticed most successful business people do… 1 Successful business owners limit their choices Multiple studies now confirm that to increase our happiness, stamina, and by extension productivity, we need to reduce the number of choices we make every day. A leading researcher in this area, Psychologist Roy Baumeister, has compared the willpower required in decision making to a muscle that weakens with use.

President Obama told Vanity Fair writer Michael Lewis, “you’ll see I wear only grey or blue suits, I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Look at your personal and business life. 2 Successful business owners prioritise Getting to 11am and not having a clear idea of what you need to achieve is a sign that you need to prioritise. Let me know how you go below… Follow Km Kardashian, Cameron Diaz and George Clooney to holiday like an A-lister (but it'll cost you) By Ashley Pearson Published: 07:33 GMT, 28 May 2014 | Updated: 13:19 GMT, 28 May 2014 A-list expert: Showbusiness reporter Ashley Pearson spends her life pursuing the rich and famous 'As long as I can remember I’ve had a vicarious interest, or borderline obsession, with the way celebrities travel,' says Ashley Pearson. 'The five-star hotels, the white sand beaches, the luxury bedlinen – it’s an irresistible combination of the best in luxury travel with a side helping of showbusiness gossip. 'Where did Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston honeymoon?

'Did you know that Bradley Cooper is a regular at L’Ami Louis in Paris? 'Tom Cruise always stays at the Hassler in Rome (although his companions change – he’s taken Nicole, Penelope AND Katie) while Angelina Jolie loves overnights at LA’s posh L’Hermitage, always using the underground entrance. 'These days luxury hotels have to work harder than ever to impress the world’s most pampered travellers. Sheer opulence in Turkey Margarita to sunbed 10 please! Wardrobe that delivers a dress for you: Rotating closet can present chosen outfit at the click of a smartphone.

The Dynamic Closet rotates clothes, brings chosen outfit to the doorUsers can search by picture, colour, type or date to select itemIdea first suggested in 1995 Clueless by Alicia Silverstone's character By Claire Ellicott Published: 00:27 GMT, 17 May 2014 | Updated: 01:56 GMT, 17 May 2014 It is the perfect solution for shopaholics who are running out of room for all their fashion purchases. The Dynamic Closet is a rotating wardrobe that catalogues your clothes and can deliver your chosen item at the click of a smartphone or tablet.

Instead of rifling through overloaded hangers and rummaging among fallen items before finding something to wear, the garment is produced instantly. The Dynamic Closet is a rotating wardrobe that can deliver your chosen item at the click of a smartphone The wardrobe is operated on a circular rail meaning it can store more clothes than a normal wardrobe, in the same amount of space. Sensors on the rails then detect which space the item is allocated and catalogues it. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg pledges to give away at least half of her $1 billion fortune. Sheryl Sandberg has pledged to give at least half of her fortune away during her lifetime or upon her deathShe joined the Giving Pledge, begun by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates127 other billionaires have also made the pledgeSandberg becomes the second self-made female billionaire to join after Spanx found CEO Sara Blakely By Alex Greig Published: 21:00 GMT, 10 May 2014 | Updated: 21:00 GMT, 10 May 2014 Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has joined other billionaires in pledging to give away most her of her fortune.

Sandberg, 44, is the second self-made female billionaire to join the Giving Pledge, a commitment to give away personal wealth, after Spanx maven Sara Blakely. She is one of seven new 'Pledgers' to commit to giving away at least half their fortunes during their lifetimes or upon their deaths. Philanthropist: Sheryl Sandberg has committed to giving a large part of her estimated $1 billion fortune away 'They bring a wealth of expertise to the group. Burj Al Arab, world's most luxurious hotel launches five-star CHILDREN'S package. Burj Al Arab's Spoilt Rotten includes private beach with free popcornRooms will be equipped with Xbox, gold iPads and PlayStationsIconic Dubai hotel says 'luxury doesn't have an age limit' By Carol Driver Published: 03:00 GMT, 9 May 2014 | Updated: 07:31 GMT, 9 May 2014 The world’s first seven-star hotel has created the ‘ultimate experience’ for children – including 24-carat gold iPads, a personal butler and a private beach where ice lollies are free of charge.

Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab is launching the Spoilt Rotten service, which includes round-the-clock in-suite entertainment, a turn-down service and daily visits from a sweet train. The package is free of charge to parents booking a suite costing from £1,100 a night at the hotel which proclaims it is the most luxurious in the world, with 202 suites each boasting a Jacuzzi. Life of luxury: The Spoilt Rotten service at Dubai's iconic Burj Al Arab includes round-the-clock service. The most luxurious plane in the world offers a three-room suite, personal butler and gourmet food - but it will cost you £12,500 ONE WAY.

By Camilla Canocchi Published: 10:57 GMT, 5 May 2014 | Updated: 11:04 GMT, 5 May 2014 Forget cramped Ryanair, this plane is more like a five-star hotel, with a three-room private suite, including a living room, bathroom and bedroom - not to mention a Savoy Academy-trained butler to cater to your every whim. Unrivalled luxury is the theme of Etihad Airways' new plane design, turning its Airbus A380 and Boeing B787 Dreamliner aircraft into the most sophisticated way to travel. While the rest of us long for a few inches more legroom, 'The Residence by Etihad' is a VIP suite located on the top deck of the new A380 planes, but you'll need deep pockets if you want to travel in style - it is set to cost around £12,500. One way. Scroll down for video Flying five star: The Residence comprises a living room, separate double bedroom and en-suite shower for the ultimate luxury travel experience First Apartments also come furnished with a chilled mini-bar, personal vanity unit and wardrobe.

Luxurious Madlives island Coco Prive Kuda Hithi costs £16,000 a NIGHT. Maldivian Island comes complete with private spa, gym, personal library, diving instructor and four swimming poolsSleeps 12 and has four seprate villas all with outdoor bathrooms and uninterrupted Indian Ocean viewsCreated by award-winning architect and filled with bespoke art, exquisite soft furnishing interior and lighting By Naomi Greenaway Published: 10:05 GMT, 1 May 2014 | Updated: 11:29 GMT, 1 May 2014 If you're fed up of scrambling for the sunbeds on holiday, we've found the perfect solution for you....the private Maldivian island of Coco Prive Kuda Hithi. Not only will you have the pick of the sunbeds -- all perfectly prepared with coordinating cushions -- you're guaranteed never to have someone else's sun umbrella blocking your view of the ocean. With endless sandy beaches, there's plenty of paradise to go round.

The only potential spanner in the works is the £16,000 a night price-tag (plus the private seaplane airfare). There are five other villas on the island. Who's in? New study reveals the secrets of billionaires. Report looks at why some countries better at breeding SuperEntrepreneursHong Kong has most billionaires per person, with UK ranked 11thBeing well-educated helps, and working with English-speaking lawyersBut taking risks and having more than one good idea is key By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor Published: 09:55 GMT, 28 April 2014 | Updated: 11:17 GMT, 28 April 2014 The secrets to becoming a billionaire have been laid bare by a new report, and the bad news is it is not easy.

Living in Hong Kong helps, and so does being well-educated and working in a country where the lawyers speak English. But a study into the 1,000 people who have earned more than $1billion warns budding entrepreneurs making your fortune is ‘hard, risky and tough’ and almost certain to fail. The guide to becoming a SuperEntrepreneur gives seven tips on turning an idea into a billion dollars. There were a total of 22 British billionaire entrepreneurs between 1996 and 2010. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. The Chinese ghost town filled with luxury properties that nobody lives in.

By Travelmail Reporter Published: 14:47 GMT, 22 April 2014 | Updated: 15:01 GMT, 22 April 2014 Locals call it 'The City of the Dead', a ghostly urban landscape with no residents to fill it. More than 100 villas stand empty after they were built six years ago for locals in the Chinese city of Beihai, in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. They were built to cater to a new rising class of wealthy people who, it was hoped, would invest in real estate and snap up the properties, many of which are priced at over three million yuan (£285,900).

Lonely luxury: The exclusive properties were snapped up by investors but remain empty six years on Empty streets: A whole urban metropolis has been created but is devoid of residents Standing by: The owners of the houses are hoping that rising property prices will make their investment worth it Chinese citizens are not allowed to invest overseas, so there has been a real boom in real estate as people look for safe havens for their wealth. The "Do Something" Principle. I‘ve been working with self development advice for a large percentage of my life. I’ve come across a lot of concepts and ideas as well as invented quite a few of my own. But the following is one of the most important ideas I’ve stumbled across in my life: Action isn’t just the effect of motivation, but also the cause of it. Most people only commit to action if they feel a certain level of motivation.

And they only feel motivation when they feel an emotional inspiration. People only become motivated to study for the exam when they’re afraid of the consequences. And we’ve all slacked off for lack of motivation before. Emotional Inspiration → Motivation → Desirable Action But there’s a problem with operating under this framework: often the changes and actions we most need in our lives are inspired by negative emotions which simultaneously hinder us from taking action. It’s a Catch-22 of sorts. Inspiration → Motivation → Action → Inspiration → Motivation → Action → Etc. [Image credit: Aelle ] 23 Incredibly Successful People Who Failed At First. Rejection can feel devastating, but you shouldn’t let it crush you. Some of the world’s most successful people have failed — sometimes more than once.

We’ve put together a list of highly successful people, from movie stars to scientists, who experienced massive failure before they found fame and fortune. Weaker people might have given up. Instead, these folks remained focused on their goals. Scroll down to see the underdogs who went on to change the world. Winston Churchill was estranged from his political party over ideological disagreements during the 'wilderness years' of 1929 to 1939. Thomas Edison's teachers told him he was 'too stupid to learn anything.' Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first television job as an anchor in Baltimore, where she said she faced sexism and harassment. But Winfrey rebounded and became the undisputed queen of television talk shows before amassing a media empire. Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he 'lacked imagination and had no good ideas.' The hotel suite that will set you back $27K a night.

The Mansion at the Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa in Sausalito. Picture: Source: Supplied IT’S no surprise that some high-rollers drop a few thousand dollars a night on hotel rooms in Las Vegas. And one could almost buy a house with the nightly fee at some hotel rooms abroad. But a hotel suite in the San Francisco Bay Area going for $27,000 a night might be a first. Million dollar views. Picture: Source: Supplied After an extensive $22 million renovation, the Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa in Sausalito — a waterfront San Francisco Bay town at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge — is unveiling its crown jewel: the 11-room Mansion at Casa Madrona.

Wake up to this everyday. The mansion was originally built in 1885 as a private residence for gas and electric mogul William Barrett, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Your biggest choice is which table to sit at. Bedrooms bigger than a house. Marketing, business - Selling Luxury Items Online. If you create a reason to buy, there are people who will pay top dollar for your luxury item. Q: I am a semifamous portrait painter, and I've developed a new printer that uses oil paint instead of ink.

I can use any scanned image that, once embellished further, is indistinguishable from a "real" oil painting. The problem: I don't have a clue about how to use the Internet to sell such high-end pieces. Can you help? A: Selling luxury items over the Internet calls for a very focused approach. The first thing to keep in mind is that it's not about price; it's about creating value and reducing the customer's perception of risk. Here are some ways you can do exactly that: 1. A quick search using Wordtrackershows that fewer than 400 people search for the term "oil paintings" in the major search engines every month. If people aren't searching the Internet for you, you'll have to go out and find them. 2. You mention that you're "semifamous.

" 3. 4. 5. Luxury on Loan. High-fashion rental entrepreneurs are giving couture-hungry consumers a small--and affordable--taste of the good life. Madeline Passarelli didn't have any fantasies about the fashion business. Cutting her sartorial teeth from a young age at her father's apparel company, then as editor for several style magazines, she was schooled in the less-than-glamorous aspects of design and distribution. But one lesson in style led her into entrepreneurship: Looking fabulous shouldn't require a small fortune, especially when trendy threads get relegated to the back of the closet after just one season. Translating that principle into a profitable venture put Passarelli on the cutting edge of an emerging industry. As founder of the aptly named Wear Today, Gone Tomorrow, she's one of the leaders in a nascent group of startups offering short-term rental of luxury apparel and accessories to customers eager to sport designer labels, not empty wallets.

Passarelli took her cue from the boys. How Luxury Hotels Are Bringing Back Business Travelers. The man in the five-color tie walked out of New York's Sherry-Netherland hotel shortly before 8 a.m. one recent morning and turned left down Fifth Avenue. He was heading, I suspect, for a working breakfast at the Hyatt, the Westin, the Parker Meridien--anywhere that might send a more comforting message to a client or associate than a hotel with a $650-a-night rack rate. Not long ago, you'd hear stories about upwardly aspiring businessmen who slept at generic chain hotels but scheduled their meetings in the lobbies of Mandarin Orientals and Ritz-Carltons. Some would go as far as to ride the elevator up so they'd be seen getting out of it when it came back down. Those days are gone. Now, executives who stay at the Ritz sneak to the Marriott for their omelets, lest a shareholder, limited partner or potential client accuse them of profligate spending.

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