Friday, 11 December 2015
The British are the third busiest people in Europe, accruing an average of 42.7 hours per week in 2011, according to the Office for National Statistics. Regrettably, though, the national productivity rating per hour of 107.2 lags behind its continental counterparts. In fact, Luxembourgers, who work 2.5 hours less, are the most productive in Europe at 189.2. Laura Vanderkam, critically acclaimed author of several books on time management, suggests recording how much time people spend on one task for the entire week—all 168 hours of it. This is perhaps not the easiest method to assess your schedule, but how you construe being “busy” just might need to be revisited. In other words, it’s all a matter of getting your priorities straight and focusing on the things you want to do more. Keeping a “time diary” may not seem to do much good for the first few days, but a month’s worth of journal entries could help you detect a pattern as it develops.
Thursday, 10 December 2015
A sky garden has just opened atop the Walkie Talkie’s crown floor, but it’s open to reservations-only. No sweat, right? Well… The 35th, 36th, and 37th floors of 20 Fenchurch Street, the Walkie Talkie’s official name, now host a domed sky garden with three fine dining options and offer a fantastic view of London. Gourmands also swear that the gourmet cuts at Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill, sourced from British herds and aged in wine for at least 35 days, are to die for. Tea and sandwiches are also must-have treats at either Darwin Brasserie or Sky Pod Bar, perfect for watching the vibrant London sunset. These spots sure sound inviting; the problem is, everyone else thinks so, too. Both the sky garden and its dining outlets quickly run out of slots. Even a lone visitor to the garden would have to book three days to three months in advance.