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Set up the perfect home workspace

Working from home is the new way of life, forcing many to find a way to continue working at maximum capacity without a dedicated workspace. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but your surroundings have a big impact on your productivity. So, it’s worth spending time on creating the right setup that allows you to thrive. Even if that setup happens to be in your bedroom.

Now, onto the important stuff. If you find you’re easily distracted, possibly because of the pile of dirty laundry taunting you in the corner, or the dull light streaming in from half-opened curtains, tempting you to schedule in an afternoon nap, then read on – as we have a few tips to ensure that your environment is helping you maximise your productivity.

First and foremost, you need to keep your bedroom clean! A clean and uncluttered working environment can boost productivity in a number of ways, such as by boosting your motivation to work and creating a positive atmosphere. Then you’re going to need to ensure that you’re getting enough light. Open those curtains and let the natural light stream in, or if your room doesn’t get direct sunlight and is still a little dull, consider investing in a good side light, such as this tripod lamp from lim on Kloof Street.

Next, set the mood and create a Zen-like space with a little aromatherapy. Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years, known to relieve stress, lift your mood and energize you. Treat yourself to this electric diffuser from Nap Living and burn essential oils like lemongrass to promote mental clarity or sandalwood to relax. You also might want to add a little greenery to inject some life into the room and ensure that you’re breathing in clean air. Palette De Fleurs Floral Studio in the Cape Quarter in De Waterkant supply bespoke floral arrangements for any occasion, and are guaranteed to brighten up your workspace.

You’re going to want to prepare yourself for that afternoon slum with a good cup of Joe. The caffeine in coffee works to block the adenosine, which is slowly released by our bodies throughout the day and make us feel sleepy. We recommend making a good cup of black coffee using this tea and coffee infuser found at Vendange in Lifestyle on Kloof.

Then, the most important piece in the puzzle that is working from your bed – a comfortable bed! Maybe your pillows are a little flat, or your mattress’s springs are starting to poke through? Thanks to Bed King in Green Point, there’s never been a better excuse to cash in on an upgrade! For the month of August 2020, Green Point and Oranje-Kloof residents get 10% off across all brands when you present the discount code LIVEWORKPLAY at their Green Point store (Bed King at 34 Somerset Road).

Finally, avoid unnecessary back pain with a comfortable pillow to relieve strain that may be caused by improper posture. Effective back support is so important if you’re going to be working from bed every now and then. Use a thin-to-medium pillow behind your lower back to maintain its natural arch, and then place a slightly thicker pillow on your lap to raise your laptop and prevent straining your neck by looking down all day.

Green Point City Improvement District celebrates 19 years of service

July 2020 marked our 19th birthday! The Green Point City Improvement District (GPCID), one of the first City Improvement Districts in the City of Cape Town, marked another year of service and success in the community.

In our 19 years, the Green Point area has evolved from a combination of partially empty warehouses, small cottages and a mixed-use business community into a prime area for retail therapy, an attractive place to have a commercial interest in, and home to a strong core of residential offerings.

The improvements we’ve brought about have helped attract billions of Rands of investment in the area. For almost two decades now, we have worked to tackle crime and grime, build strong collaborations and support social projects to improve the lives of all in our society.

At the most recent AGM, our GPCID Chairman Deon de Wet celebrated the transformation of the GPCID. He spoke of the newly planted trees and beds, refreshed street marking, repaired sidewalks and additional lighting on buildings. He reiterated that everything we do is to help people have that feeling of ‘Yes, I do want to Live, Work, Play here!’”

Each month, our teams collect and remove approximately 7 tons of street refuse. Every street in the area is swept and maintained by our cleansing teams, ensuring everyone has a clean and attractive local area.

We also employ Law Enforcement Officers who halt and inform members of the public who break the law. The aim of these encounters is to educate people so as to avoid repeat offences. Where citizens do not comply, however, our GPCID Law Enforcement Officers issue fines. They have written a total of over R11 million in fines the past financial year alone!

Safety in the local area is also protected by our GPCID security staff. They are employed by the organisation and provide both a lock-up vehicle and patrol service. This acts as a deterrent, ensures people can access a visible authority figure if they feel unsafe, and also allows us to respond faster to reported incidences.

We are proud to have collaborated with SAPS and other Law Enforcement Agencies over the past 19 years, and continue to do so on a daily basis, both in terms of fighting crime and in more positive endeavours. We are also committed to strengthening the working relationships we have built with many charities and support services for those struggling in society.

Chief Executive Marc Truss has been instrumental to our success and is proud of all that his extended team have achieved in the last 19 years. He continues to be excited by the GPCID’s potential: “The GPCID had to prove the value of such an organisation when it began. I believe we have truly done that. We provide extra security, cleaning, improvements and opportunities to make this a sought-after suburb to live, work and play in. I look forward to see what we can achieve as we begin our twentieth year of service.”

GPCID celebrates birthday

Published in The Atlantic Sun

In July 2020, the Green Point City Improvement District (GPCID), one of the first City Improvement Districts in the City of Cape Town, celebrated its 19th birthday, amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In these 19 years, the Green Point area has evolved from a combination of partially empty warehouses, small cottages and a mixed-use business community into a prime area for retail therapy, an attractive place to have a commercial interest in, and home to a strong core of residential offerings.

The development of the area has relied on billions of rands of investment. These have been attracted by the improvements brought about by the GPCID, local organisations, and the community itself.

For almost two decades the GPCID has worked to tackle crime and grime, build strong collaborations and support social projects to improve the lives of all in our society.

Each month, approximately seven tons of street refuse is collected and removed from the area by GPCID teams. Every street in the area is swept and maintained by the cleansing teams, ensuring everyone has a clean and attractive local area.

The GPCID also employs law enforcement officers who halt and inform members of the public who break the law. The aim of these encounters is to educate people so as to avoid repeat offences. Where citizens do not comply, however, GPCID Law Enforcement Officers issue fines. They have written a total of over R11 million in fines the past financial year alone.

Safety in the area is also protected by GPCID security staff. They are employed by the organisation and provide both a lock-up vehicle and patrol service. This acts as a deterrent, ensures people can access a visible authority figure if they feel unsafe, and also allows the GPCID to respond faster to reported incidences by having uniformed officers providing a 24/7 presence in the area in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies.

The GPCID also has strong working relationships with many charities and support services for those struggling in society. These relationships aim to provide meaningful help to pursue change, including programmes such as providing training, job opportunities, registering for ID cards, accessing medical assistance and exploring relocation possibilities.

CEO, Marc Truss has been instrumental to the GPCID’s success and is proud of all that his extended team has achieved in the last 19 years, and continues to be excited by the GPCID’s potential.

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