Make Leisure Your Productivity Booster, Here’s How

Make Leisure Your Productivity Booster, Here's How

This post will walk you through a few simple but effective productive strategies while having some leisure time. Fifteen to twenty years ago, employees were confined to the four corners of their offices. Things have changed today mainly because of the internet. People nowadays work in the comfort of their own homes. Anyone can submit their work online, share files via cloud sharing, and have online meetings via Skype or other platforms. In short, technology has changed on how people work and where people work.

However, this isn’t purely beneficial to all of us. Because of the change of schedules, some people don’t follow the standard 9-5 work schedule anymore. Now you might receive requests from clients at 10 pm or you might receive messages concerning work at 1 in the morning.

What happened to our work schedules?

Our work schedules have become blurry or clouded in the past couple of years. We used to have regular work schedules but now everyone works at their own pace. It’s hard to figure out your own free time. And now most of us have no time for leisure activities like jogging, going out, reading, playing sports, playing video games. We barely even have free time to spend with our families!

People are becoming busier and busier. Many of us have probably worked overtime or have worked over the weekend just to answer some emails or finish up some unfinished work. It is estimated that about half of working Americans feel that they don’t have free time anymore. But who can blame them when their free time isn’t exactly free? When you use it to catch up with work, then what’s the points of breaks anyway?

Leisure time is very important

If you sprint for long distances, you’ll eventually tire out. The same principle can be applied to work. If you work during your leisure time, then expect your performance to deteriorate over time. It doesn’t matter if you’re working more hours because you’re eventually going to burn out.

According to the Institute for the Study of Labor, 55 hours of work per week is the threshold on human productivity, any more than that and you’re going to have productivity issues.

In the field of economics, leisure time is considered a form of commodity.  Leisure time should be spent sleeping, resting, building relationships, exercising, and doing things that give you satisfaction. In short leisure time brings satisfaction, and satisfaction increases productivity levels.

It is very important that workers have their leisure time. During those periods, one can have creative ideas or a flash of insight that can lead to new ways of thinking.  Isaac Newton came up with his concept of gravity when an apple fell on his head during his leisure time. Albert Einstein often came up with new theories and ideas while taking leisurely walks.

Innovative ideas often spring up when we’re taking our breaks. When a person becomes too focused on their work, they get caught up in a stubborn way of thinking. This one-sided way of thinking may get the job done but it’s highly unproductive.

Having your leisure time diffuses you from this one-sided thinking, which allows your brain to function the way it should be.  This will help you open your mind and come up with new solutions to solving your problems.

Things you can do to have a satisfying leisure time

The best thing that you can do is to make your leisure time a way to boost your productivity. So instead of working on your breaks, you utilize your breaks in improving your productivity and efficiency. It may be tempting to answer that email, work on that unfinished project, or to simply get ahead of your workmates. However, you’ll eventually burn yourself out and lose in the long run.  You’re like that guy who sprints in the beginning of a marathon, only to end up losing to the other runners.

Here are some steps to increase your productivity during your leisure time.

  • Plan ahead and schedule your leisure time

You can go plan and make a detailed schedule of when and where you are going to spend your leisure time. You can even use a technique called “time blocking” to help you follow your schedule properly. Time blocking is basically doing your work within a specific time frame.  This way you’ll have more leisure time to spend with friends, family, and for yourself.

When you’re done with the work and scheduled for your break, stop working and take your break. Don’t stress over it, there will always be an abundance of work while leisure time is scarce.

  • Prioritize the most important leisure activities first

Most people watch television, browse the internet, and play video games during their leisure time. Sure, they may be enjoying those activities but on the very next day, they are tired and exhausted? Why is this?

Its simple most of these people have forgotten to sleep, exercise and take care of their bodies. How about getting some sleep before watching TV? Or how about spending time with your kids, your parents, and your friends.

Prioritize your own health and relationships. Sleep and exercise make you healthy, it ensures that you are able to work properly. Relationships help keep you sane and give you a positive mental attitude.

  • Do these things first

Rest, relax and take a good break. Then come back even stronger

A blade needs to be sharpened constantly if you want to keep its edge. The same can be said for us workers. If you keep on working and working and working, you’ll eventually become dull, boring, and unable to do our jobs properly.

You’ll become a zombie, a mindless drone, and a robot that’s incapable of creative thought and innovation.

Yes, there are tons of work and deadlines piled up on your list. However, that doesn’t mean that you should devote your whole life to it. You need to take a break and let your body and mind rest.

Sometimes you need to take a step back in order to leap forward.

Still need to get your work done?  Try these 14 productivity hacks.

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15 Scooter Riding Tips for Navigating Los Angeles Traffic

15 Scooter Riding Tips for Heavy Traffic

It would seem at first that when you’re embroiled in heavy traffic, it’s great that you’re riding a scooter, like a Bird or Lime. But this can present its own set of dangers that you may not expect. To help make sure you ride safely on your scooter, here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

1. Make Sure You and Your Scooter Are Ready

That means you’re not drunk and you’re physically able to use your scooter. You should have all your protective gear on, such as a helmet. At the same time, you also have to make sure that the scooter is in perfect working condition with enough battery to get you to where you’re going.

2. Ride Smoothly

This means you don’t do the abrupt “go fast and stop” way of riding down the streets when on your scooter. Accelerate smoothly, and brake gently. This is the essence of safe scooter riding, and it protects not just you but the condition of the scooter too.

3. Be Aware of Others

You have to account for the various vehicles on the road as well as well as the others on scooters too. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for pedestrians, especially children who may suddenly sprint from the sidewalk. Look both ways and make sure your vision is clear.

Learn how to anticipate other people so that you’re able to make quick lane changes.

4. Be Careful When You Overtake

What you really want to watch out for is overtaking near an intersection, when you’re in between the other driver and their crossing. It’s best when you’re on the other side when you overtake so that if they make a sudden turn for the entrance you’re not in the way.

5. Turn Your Head to Indicate Where You’re Going

Since you have no signals to turn on. It helps other drivers when you simply turn your head to the direction you plan to go to. People behind you will know where you’re going and they can anticipate your action.

6. Practice Your Braking Skills Beforehand

You really don’t want to practice your scooter braking skills when you’re already caught in traffic. In these conditions, you should already know how to properly brake properly so you don’t end up hitting the vehicle in front of you.

Always keep a finger close to the front brake lever, while you also have a foot over the rear brake lever. These actions keep you ready to stop at a moment’s notice.

7. Slow Down in Tight Conditions

While speeding does have its own thrill, what you need to remember is that slower speeds give you more time to react to unexpected situations. That’s especially true in and weather in and heavy traffic conditions. Something may just hurl down to get in front of you, and a slower speed gives you more time to press on the brakes.

8. Be Ready with Power

Just keep your scooter in the lower gears during heavy traffic, as those will give you the best chances of squeezing through the various vehicles.

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9. Always Check in All Directions

When you’re crossing the road, you need to look left and right. That’s a good rule when you’re riding too. You have to check if there will be a possible hazard coming at you from any direction. It’s great if you can get into the habit of first checking left and then going into a clockwise pattern to check around you. After checking right, use your rearview mirrors.

10. Anticipate Slower Traffic

There will be times when the lane you’re in will slow down. When that happens, keep to the left or right of the car ahead of you, so if the lane traffic completely stops you can take advantage of the gap if it’s possible. If it’s not possible as there’s not enough space, just be ready when traffic moves again.

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11. Check Your Side Every 15 Seconds

It’s very easy to just focus on what’s ahead of us, and forget that some vehicles may suddenly come right behind us. You have to pay attention to what’s going on behind you, especially when you’re stopping your motorcycle or making a turn.

That means you should check your left and right side view every 10 or 15 seconds.

12. Remember the 2 to 4-Second Following Rule

When you’re riding in broad daylight, you should keep enough distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you. This distance should take at least 2 to 4 seconds to travel should the vehicle suddenly stop for no reason. At night, this distance should be increased to 4 to 6 seconds.

It’s easy enough to test this distance. Note when the car in front of you passes a landmark, like a tree or a spot on the road. Then count the number of seconds (1-Mississippi-2-Mississippi) it takes for you to reach that same spot.

13. Check Out the Road Surface Ahead

There may be potholes, wet spots, or large stones that can spell travel for you and your scooter. Always be aware of what’s coming. If there’s a blind turn and you can’t see ahead, then you better slow down.

14. Obey the Road Rules

Whether or not there are cops around giving out tickets, you just have to obey the traffic laws so that you don’t cause even worse traffic with your shenanigans. Don’t even think about jumping the red light, as it’s just too dangerous.

15. Be In the Lookout for Open Zones

It can be hard on the nerves when you’re constantly sandwiched between 2 cars in separate lanes when you’re caught in traffic. But there are sometimes open zones that you can breeze in through when you’re riding in a low gear.

Remember all these rules and you’ll be good when you’re stuck in traffic while out on your scooter!

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How To Dress Like a Tech Titan

How To Dress Like a Tech Titan

In the world of tech founders and executives, a general disdain for attention to one’s daily wardrobe comes from a desire to maximize efficiency and clear the mind for more important cognitive processing. The thinking is such that eliminating major choices from the daily routine, like what to put on in the morning, frees up the mind to focus on more important work-related decisions. With the likes of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg taking it so far as to wear the same style of shirt and pants every day, the notion of a ‘work dress code has been adopted by many.

While the Silicon Valley elite uniform often consists of shorts, tees, and hoodies, some of the most notable names in the industry have been able to maintain equipoise between their own unique sense of style and a practicality towards fashion that is almost formulaic.

Creating a signature look doesn’t necessarily entail “silly and frivolous” decision making as noted by Zuckerberg, or a closet filled with multiples of the exact same t-shirt, and can be streamlined for efficacy while still taking into account one’s personal fashion preferences. By creating a capsule wardrobe, or a collection of like-minded items that share similar thematic styling, one can easily interchange the pieces in their closet with minimal energy expenditure while also developing their personal style.

Some of the Valley’s biggest heavyweights have been able to master their craft, break barriers in their field, and create products that have changed the course of history, while also reimagining what an executive in technology looks like. These leaders have methodically approached their wardrobe to master their personal dress code while developing the signature looks we have come to expect of them.

In dressing like a tech titan, often only a handful of staple pieces are required to create the look. While some play it safe and others incorporate more creativity, we’ve rounded up the founders and executives who are pioneering a different version of the tech-uniform.


Jack Dorsey

The Twitter and Square CEO’s style can be summed up as edgy, cool and understated. Dorsey always stands out in a crowd of his peers when opting for leather jackets in lieu of button downs. While he has an affinity for high-end streetwear labels and runway brands, his style can be emulated for a fraction of the price.


Kevin Systrom

The co-founder of Instagram has been at the forefront of his industry for bridging the gap between technology and fashion, opting to bring the same panache to his dress code as he does to his products. Often seen in sports coats, ties and sweaters, Systrom’s preppy chic style looks the part of a CEO in a creative field.

LA Startups - Dress Like a Tech Titan - Kevin Systrom


Evan Spiegel

Spiegel has done an excellent job at crafting the perfect causal off-duty uniform – a practical, no-fuss look without ever being sloppy. The co-founder and CEO of Snap Inc. favor designer sneakers, skinny jeans, and fitted tees, often topped off with a great bomber jacket or puffer coat. The sheer simplicity of his look means he can achieve the Zuckerberg-like efficiency without always wearing the same thing.

LA Startups - Dress Like a Tech Titan - Evan Spiegel


Sheryl Sandburg

The Facebook COO’s go-to mode for dressing is no fuss, classic and professional. She keeps her look simple, knows what works well on her and focuses on impeccable tailoring to maintain her streamlined image. While her style is always poised, Sandberg also adds playful elements to her wardrobe and can frequently be seen in monochromatic pairings (a common style-hack among the best-dressed women in fashion) or leather boots in place of high heels.

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Whitney Wolfe Herd

Herd’s style is very playful, put-together and completely on trend, and if you didn’t know she worked in technology you’d assume she had a starring role in fashion. The founder and CEO of Bumble make creative choices with her wardrobe each time she steps on stage and keeps her casual dress code just as well-manicured. Often hosting some of the biggest names in Hollywood and entertainment at her events, Herd’s sense of style is always equally on par with her A-list guests.

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Angela Ahrendts

Before stepping into her role as the Senior VP of Retail at Apple, she was the CEO of Burberry, so it’s no surprise that Ahrendts has an impeccable sense of her own signature style and a formulaic approach to her wardrobe. Often seen in trench coats (an homage to her Burberry days one can only assume), classic blazers and embellished accessories, she always finds the perfect balance between corporate and fashion-forward.

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How is Coworking Great For The Los Angeles Tech Scene

100 Shared Office And Desk Space to Work in Los Angeles

Check out these 100 coworking spaces in LA.

Co-working spaces have started to take off recently, and it’s all thanks to the need of business locations. A city like Los Angeles tends to have very high rent and purchase prices for real estate, and that means you need to find a great way to acquire new business locations. But if you’re a business or a freelancer that needs a business presence yet which lacks the necessary amount of money, it’s super hard for you to get the job done properly and not worry about possible problems.

And that’s where the need for co-working places comes into play. These locations are very different when compared to a regular office for example. And that’s because there are multiple businesses all residing in a single place.

How is co-working great for the Los Angeles Tech Scene?

Tons of startups want to grow and evolve. And they can totally do that with the right amount of help and support. Even freelancers need a proper business location as they want to avoid working from home. Juice bars and coffee shops are ok for them, but they can end up being problematic as time goes by. You are much better off going for a shared workspace. You do have plenty of space to share with others, yet at the same time, you can fulfill your tasks and just enjoy your time without that much of a problem too.

The Los Angeles co-working spaces are designed with affordability in mind. They are quite affordable, way more affordable than a rental. That’s why most freelancers and startup owners gravitate towards such a place. They also encourage networking, which is why a lot of people enjoy co-working in the first place. It just offers you a way to connect with business professionals in the same industry.

And since the tech industry is booming in Los Angeles, it’s easy to see that the co-working spaces are amazing networking places, to begin with. On top of that, they do offer flexibility. You are free to come and work at any given hour during the day or night. And you also have amenities like coffee machines, fully equipped kitchens and so on. The only difference is that you don’t have to worry about the leasing formalities anymore. And the costs are way lower, which is what makes this entire process very convenient and amazing in its own right.

Who uses co-working spaces in Los Angeles?

It might sound a bit cliché, but every business that wants to grow and save money tends to focus on this type of spaces. And the benefit is that they can easily make quite a lot of money while also avoiding lots of expenses. Every tiny expense matters if you plan on saving money, so it certainly makes a lot of sense to use such co-working spaces.

But the interesting thing is that even some of the large organizations are coming onboard with this. It makes a lot of sense to use co-working spaces especially when they want to transition to a new building. Plus, they can cut the expenses if they want to downsize and use a smaller team, then outsource some of the other tasks.

The great thing is that tons of companies in Los Angeles see co-working spaces as an opportunity, and that’s great for them. Even companies like Merck, KPMG and many others are actively involved in using co-working spaces. So it’s safe to say that there’s a lot of interesting in using such working spaces, and it’s something that you will enjoy and appreciate quite a bit due to that.

How does this affect the rental prices?

Since we are talking about Los Angeles, the rental prices are still very high and they are not going to be lower anytime soon. There’s a huge demand for office spaces in the town, so companies that create co-working spaces are the right solution especially for smaller businesses that want to grow and which need to establish their own presence in the city.

An interesting thing about co-working spaces is that they also provide virtual addresses. That means customers or business partners can easily send inquiries or packages to the company and they will be received at the co-working space. It’s a great way to acquire a Los Angeles office address, and the best part is it costs way less than regular rent prices.

Do these co-working spaces replicate a traditional office?

In some ways they do, because you do have amenities and immediate access to features that are a part of any office. These include printers, scanners and any utilities needed by various companies. Some co-working spaces in Los Angeles have 3D printers too, not to mention they have small conference rooms too. So you can actually create or attend a conference in there without any problems.

You do have to wonder, who is the target for these co-working spaces? As we mentioned earlier, small companies and freelancers are extremely important for those persons that create co-working spaces. However, if we talk about the age range, most of the time the interested persons will be millennials. They are the ones that have lots of great ideas and which lack the funds to create a large business.

The co-working spaces in Los Angeles provide them with enough space to work on their projects, all while still being able to connect with other business professionals. However, you will also find older and more experienced business professionals and freelancers that work from the co-working spaces. They decided to opt for these co-working spaces because they offer more efficiency and a great way to generate leads and new business partners or attracting new clients.

As you can see, more and more co-working spaces are used in Los Angeles, and it’s a great thing to hear. Small and medium-sized businesses are actively focused on innovation, and they want to use all their income to grow and evolve. The last thing they want is to spend most of their money on rent, so the co-working spaces are very convenient for them!

Check out these 100 coworking spaces in LA.

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