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Finding a Nice Place to Live After Migrating to the UK

Finding a Nice Place to Live After Migrating to the UK

London exists as the ideal place to live for many types of people, thanks to the diversity of the neighborhoods located within. No matter what a person’s interests or job is, London is the heart for people of any creed, profession, and orientation. The city is full of writers, salespeople, hipsters, artists, bankers, personal trainers, and techies.

Here you will find the coolest places to live, the best places for professionals, the most beautiful places, and the safest places to live in London all within the range of a generous budget to a budget that is a bit stricter.

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North London

North London is home to some of the most desirable places to live, but this does come at a decently high price. The highest priced areas are Camden, Walthamstow, Stoke Newington, and St. John’s Wood while the more affordable neighborhoods are in Kentish Town, West Hampstead, and Finsbury Park.

South London

With neighborhoods that are a bit newer and are more affordable, there are some great areas in South London. These neighborhoods provide a way to get more space for the cost. Wimbledon, Battersea, and Clapham are all great places to live, but if you care to go further from Central London, Croydon and Purley are good choices. There is a train that runs through that’ll conveniently get you to Central London.

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East London

A great place for artists and hipsters, East London has some of the coolest places to live. There is an array of alternative lifestyles with lots of interesting things happening. There are the expensive neighborhoods like Shoreditch, but there are also other more affordable places as well. Hackney (in the borough of Hackney) living prices are growing because of gentrification, but it is still a greatly popular place for young people in the creative industries.

West and Central London

Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and Hyde Park are all some of the most well-known destinations in London, and are near the expensive neighborhoods of Kensington, Holland Park, and Westminster. More affordable areas are Fulham, Shepherd’s Bush, and Earl’s Court.

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North West London

Another of the more expensive areas of London, there are some of the most elegant restaurants, busiest bars, and markets. Ideally, the best neighborhoods are Camden, Notting Hill, and Kensal Rise while Wembly, Kilburn, and Willesden Green are more affordable.

South East London

Not only are there reasonable priced homes, but a lot of businesses are moving into the area as well. The transportation situation is ideal with the Docklands Light Railway, and there are many antique markets in Greenwich, along with locations made famous by films like Sherlock Holmes, Les Miserables, and Pirates of the Caribbean. New Cross and Deptford have less architecture, but they have great transportation. Wentworth Estate is designed around a golf course and is one of the most expensive estates outside of London where no two homes are the same.

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South West London

Home to lots of green spaces, there is Richmond Park and Kew Gardens mingling with lots of very nice restaurants and shops. The best neighborhoods in South West London are Chiswick, Barnes, Richmond, Twickenham, and Sutton.

Best for Family Living

If moving to London and in the market for a home that is in a safe neighborhood, near good schools, and spacious enough for a family, the neighborhoods of Crouch End, Richmond, Holland Park, and Hampstead are all great options. Greenwich is family-friendly with the village feel, and if you don’t mind living a bit further from the city, Brockley is a good option with lots of green space like parks and lawns, with the same village feel.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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