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Last Updated on January 18, 2018

This Tool Can Make Sure You Pick The Best Airbnb In The Safest District of The City

This Tool Can Make Sure You Pick The Best Airbnb In The Safest District of The City

You’ve decided it’s time for a getaway, you’ve booked the flights and like many thousands of people, Airbnb is your go-to accommodation site. But once you get deep into your search, it can soon become time-consuming. Filtering out by price or specific location still brings up an array of choices that takes time to go through. Not to mention needing to research whether the district you’ve chosen is safe for tourists to stay in.

We can always use a mix of our own personal travel experience and judge by the photos online but can we really rely on the place being as described or even if it’s located in a tourist-safe area?

The Tool to Solve Your Airbnb Problems

Beñat Arregi has developed a platform that will help people understand where the best located Airbnb places are according to the people who have stayed there.

The maps are produced using the star-rating system that Airbnb customers submit to after staying in an Airbnb accommodation. Each rating represents their overall perception and feel for the area and what this platform does is mark the rating as a colour-coded spot on the map of each city.

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The advantage of this is a quick and easy reference to define the best locations. This means no more secondary research into whether the location is safe enough and gives a solid feel from other users that it’s a definite yes or no.

Step-by-Step Guide to Using Airbnbmaps

The advantage of using this tool is it can help Airbnb users to quickly identify good quality accommodations and make sure it’s in a safe area at the same time.

The amount of different cities is gradually increasing but there are already well-established maps for more popular places such as London, Paris, New York and Sydney.

First, pick the map of your visiting city and you’ll see dots of different colours: red, orange, yellow, light green and dark green. Red represents the lower 1-star ratings while dark green represents the 5-star ratings – the other colours show all in between.

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Let’s use London as an example.

Here you can see the overall map showing most 5-star ratings (green dots) are in the centre.

    Once you have the map you can either zoom in closer to see more specifically where the dots are located or alternatively type in a specific area if you have one in mind.

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    Here, the area of Covent Garden has been typed in and the map shows the location of all the rated Airbnbs.

      All you have to do is zoom in and hover over any dot to reveal the address and rating of each place. Once you’ve found one you’re interested in, simply click on the dot and it will provide you with a link straight to the Airbnb listing on the main site.

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        Listing on main Airbnb site:

          The idea of this tool is to bring together elements of location, safety and quality of Airbnb accommodation in one convenient place. This makes it much easier for people to find a decent and well-located place to stay in a city they may not be familiar with.

          At the moment, access to these maps are free of charge and growing by the day. Just don’t forget to rate your Airbnb place to help others find a great ‘home away from home’ to stay on their holiday!

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          Last Updated on September 17, 2018

          How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

          How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

          Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

          Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

          All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

          Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

          How bad really is multitasking?

          It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

          Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

          This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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          We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

          So what to do about it?

          Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

          Now, forget about how to multitask!

          Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

          1. Get enough rest

          When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

          This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

          When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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          2. Plan your day

          When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

          When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

          Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

          3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

          I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

          I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

          Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

          4. When at your desk, do work

          We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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          Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

          5. Learn to say no

          Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

          Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

          By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

          6. Turn off notifications on your computer

          For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

          Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

          7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

          Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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          You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

          The bottom line

          Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

          Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

          Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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