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The Top 10 Airlines To Consider For Your Next Trip

The Top 10 Airlines To Consider For Your Next Trip

Traveling can be stressful and choosing which airline to take can sometimes be a difficult decision. If you’re in need of some help, consult the list below for the top ten world’s best airlines as ranked by the 2014 World Airline Awards. Of course, all of these airlines are on this list for a reason, so choosing any one of them for your travels will surely not disappoint.

1. Cathay Pacific Airways

Jumping up five spots from sixth place last year to first this year is Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong. Having place number one previously in 2009, Cathay Pacific has a reputation for comfortable seating in all classes as well as delicious in-flight meals.

2. Qatar Airways

Want to relax in cozy seating and enjoy an awesome entertainment system? Then Qatar Airways might be for you. Having the friendly cabin crew around doesn’t hurt either.

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3. Singapore Airlines

Maintaining its place in third is Singapore Airlines. This airline’s vessels include in-seat power supplies for its passengers as well as individual reading lamps. The seats are also designed to minimize space invasion of those behind you, so feel free to recline without feeling as bad.

4. Emirates

Although it lost its first place spot from 2013, Emirates is still known for its luxury and comfort. The airline even has a first class bathroom and shower spa!

5. Turkish Airlines

Coming in at fifth is Turkish Airlines which lives up to its reputation for great hospitality. It is expected to experience an increase in passengers this year thanks to better trade and travel.

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6. ANA All Nippon Airways

Dropping a couple of spots this year is Japan’s All Nippon Airways. Looking for undisturbed relaxation? Closed-off areas provided in first class seating will definitely do the trick.

7. Garuda Indonesia

As the flag-carrier airline for Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia has become renowned for its positive global customer satisfaction and was even awarded the “World’s Best Airline Cabin Crew” recognition.

8. Asiana Airlines

Overall excellence and extremely high standards since its founding in 1988 brings South Korea’s five-star rated Asiana Airlines to eighth place this year.

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9. Etihad Airways

Ranking ninth is another airline from the United Arab Emirates. Etihad Airways provides comfortable and cozy business class seating.

10. Lufthansa

Lufthansa from Germany makes the top ten cut this year. It is the largest airline in Europe and is praised for its stylish and spacious economy seating.

And the world’s best airline is… | CNN

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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