Satisfaction Boost: Give Your Career The Push It Deserves

You’ll probably spend more time in your job and with those your work with than you do at home with your family, or out and about with your friends. Therefore, it’s important that you’re able to find fulfillment and satisfaction from your job role so that you don’t go to bed with a headache every night of the working week. It can be easy to get stuck in the habit of just getting on with it; you have rent and bills to pay, so it can be a challenge to question your job role because of the income it gives you. However, years in a career or job that you don’t enjoy will start to take their toll. Stress and fatigue can become an issue, and these may lead to having an impact on your life, health and well-being.

Surely, t’s time to think about your options, and what sort of career journey you want to have. It’s never too late to make a significant change, and it will lead to a new lease on your working life and an array of potential opportunities. People leave their jobs to apply for new ones in the same field all the time, and you’d be surprised how many decide to head in a completely new direction regarding their career. As long as you’ve still got a job paying your bills; you’ll have the means to utilise some of your free time to look elsewhere, and to do what you need to achieve job satisfaction. Keep reading for some ideas on getting the career and job change that you deserve.

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Invest In The New

As with any new job role or career move; you’ll need to put in the time and training that’s required to make you an appealing candidate. Nobody said that it would be easy to train, gain qualifications, and look for potential new opportunities while you’re still working. However, the reward will be a bright future ahead, so it’s worth the effort. Start by focusing on your resume and ensure that it shows off your best attributes and skills to your potential new employers. If you feel like your best chance of furthering your career is new qualifications, whether that’s a masters in education or a certificate in first aid; it’s time to look into how to achieve them. There’s plenty of options to train online, or, perhaps you feel like you want to head back into a college environment. The opportunities are h=there; it’s time to grab some!

Know Your Potential And Worth

All too often, women apply for work and jobs that they’re either qualified or overqualified to do. This can mean that they become restless and bored in their job role within the year, and get itchy feet again. Therefore, try to aim a little higher than you have the training for; these are roles you have the potential to grow into. Employers want to see confidence and drive, and if you have those attributes; utilise them to learn the ropes and get stuck into your role. Even if you’re not chosen for a job; you’ll gain experience from the interview, and you’ll be able to ask for feedback from those who interviewed you. You can bounce back with the knowledge of where and how you should improve, and your fresh start will be just around the corner.

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What Does My Business Plan Need to Include?

When people create a strategic business plan there needs to be substance behind this in order for it to be credible and a chance to be successful. Anyone can create a pie in the sky plan that is full of ideas and unrealistic targets and outcomes. If you are looking for funding to support your business plan then the credibility of it will be challenged therefore the more detail you have in order to satisfy any potential funding requests – the better.

Financial Support

One of the first things that are challenged on a business plan is how much money is initially required in order to implement the project – this could be zero but highly unlikely. If you are then looking for funds this plan needs to detail exactly how much you are looking for and what every penny is going to be used for. You then clearly need to articulate what is the desired outcome of this and what the business benefits of this would be (at least recovering the initial offset in spending). Where you then get this money from raises another question. If you have a business bank account then you could approach the bank that you have already established a working relationship with. This is probably one of the most common and successful methods to get funding as the bank will have the history on your cash flow status and some credibility around your payments. Generally they will go beyond this and look for not only the detailed project plan but may look at your credit history and footprint. Other options may be to get an extended overdraft for a period of time which your business bank could support you with.

Stakeholders

Generally a business plan involves more than just you and will include others that are key to its success. It is important that when developing the project business plan that you have the correct engagement of these people or departments before execution to ensure they are aligned and in agreement. If you don’t engage others correctly, effectively your business plan is just words that may not get to a successful outcome. Ensuring that other stakeholders also commit to the time scales that you are looking for needs also to be aligned beforehand as this actually may required additional resource or help that the departments or people do not have.

Success

Your business plan needs to demonstrate success. If people are going to invest in the plan they expect to see a good return at the end of it. It does not need to be financial but it could be cost avoidance, quality improvements etc. Whatever your individual reason for having the plan in the first place just needs to properly articulate the desired outcome in a data mindset. If you then get funding for this project plan and it does not achieve the desired results, this clearly then affects your credibility if you were to go back to investors or people for additional funds.

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Things You Are Forgetting to Consider When Creating Your Home Office

According to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace, in 2017 nearly 43 percent of Americans said they spent at least some part of their work week working from home. That’s up from 39 percent in 2012.

With more people working from home, the design of the home office is becoming more important. Your home office needs to be a place that you are comfortable, but also a place where you can do your work efficiently.

Is your home office designed in a way that allows you to get the most out of your work day? Here are three things you are likely forgetting.

Lighting
The light coming into your room, whether it’s from windows or light fixtures, needs to be directed away from your computer screen. This will minimize the glare on your screen and stop you from having to squint when working on your computer. You also need to make sure the light is not coming in from directly behind your computer either, that way you are not squinting as the light would be directly in your line of sight.

Instead position your computer so that the light is coming in from the side of your workplace. You can also position a desk lamp going towards the paper work on your desk and not towards your computer screen.

Furniture
Your furniture needs to be both practical and comfortable. Consider what your workday requires of you and base your furniture needs on that. For example, if you have to keep track of a lot of paperwork, you will want to choose a desk with more storage space. Or if you hold meetings in your office you will want to have a comfortable place for you clients to sit.

Another thing to consider when it comes to office furniture is your office chair. Sitting in the wrong type of chair can cause back aches, fatigue, poor posture, and lead to trouble concentrating and headaches as well. You want to pick a chair that is comfortable, allows your feet to sit flat on the ground, and offers lumbar support. More information on ergonomic chairs can be found on Office Worthy List.

Don’t Be Afraid of Change
One of the fun things about working from home is that it allows flexibility (hello working in your pajamas), your office needs to have flexibility too. As time goes on your needs might change when it comes to your job. Whether it’s a different role in your workplace, or different needs for your home and your family. You should design your office knowing that it probably will not be permanent.

This might mean having furniture that’s on wheels, or not built into the walls. You might need to add storage options or turn a closet into an organized storage place. Shelves should be able to be added, taken down, or spread apart depending on what you need to put on them. You want it to be a fluid design that can transform as your needs do.

Your home office is a place where you will spend a lot of your day. You want it to be an area where you are comfortable, and that promotes productivity. Take some time to think about what you really need out of your office space, follow these tips, and create the home office you’ve always dreamed of.

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Luxury Travel That Doesn’t Cost a Fortune

The idea of what constitutes luxury is clearly subjective, yet for most people it involves jetting off to a faraway place in opulent surroundings. Of course, it depends what you’re used to, as some people wouldn’t consider a trip to be luxurious unless they were flying first class, or perhaps even in a private jet – this article isn’t quite for that demographic.

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That said, if you’ve ever looked into how much does it cost to charter a private jet, then you’ll know it’s not actually as much as you might think. Indeed, if you’re travelling as a large family or group of friends, sometimes chartering a private jet can even save money – rarely – but it’s possible!

This is particularly the case if you’re flying from quite a remote location, or somewhere that isn’t particularly well connected – particularly in the US, where for instance, a 30 minute plane ride from Huntsville (AL) to Atlanta (GA) can cost $200!

Now we’ve established that everyone’s idea of luxury is different and this article isn’t going to be all about caviar and champagne, let’s dig into some of the best destinations to live a luxurious life on a budget.

However, before we do that, let’s look at a few principles of squeezing the most from your budget in order to have a more luxurious experience.

    1. Don’t Fly Business Class
    If you want a luxurious experience without paying the steep fares for business class, then you can follow this simple trick and get a business class-like experience that will feel much more VIP than your regular travels without costing a fortune.

    Most airports have premium lounges, where First Class and Business Class customers get access to food, alcohol, super fast WiFi, massage chairs and sometimes even real-life masseuses. Did you know that you can pay to access these lounges, as a normal passenger of any airline – even low cost airlines?

    There are a number of passes available that allow you to use premium airport lounges throughout the world, for a very reasonable amount of money, in fact, sometimes these perks are included for free with a premium bank account or credit card.

    2. Be Flexible
    The more flexible you are with your flights, the cheaper they will be, as flight seats are sold off in bands; for instance, Band A might be $100, then Band B is $120, with Band J priced at $240. Once Band A tickets have been sold, Band B g on sale, and so on… meaning, the earlier you book the cheaper the flights tend to be.

    Of course, sometimes, airlines will discount a significant number of tickets close to the time, as the plane does not have the occupancy it should do by that point – but the general rule is to book in advance, and be as flexible with dates as you possible can be.

    There’s nothing more frustrating than paying $300 for a flight, that you know, the next day is being sold at $120! That said, you can’t always be flexible with your dates, as flights must fit around life rather than the other way around – and most people travelling, are doing so as a vacation from work, meaning they have a specific window.

    3. Compare
    You should get yourself onto a flight comparison site such as Momondo or SkyScanner that compare routes and prices for most major airlines. This way, you can save a small fortune on the cost of your ticket… and it’s particularly helpful if you’re not too sure where you want to go, as you can search by country rather than city, or simply search “Everywhere” as your destination – meaning the cheapest flights from your departure airport will be shown, to everywhere in the world!

    You also want to use sites such as TravelSupermarket to compare hotel prices – as whilst you might have a favourite platform such as Hotels.com or Expedia, often the same hotel will be sold off at different price points by each of the OTAs (online travel agents). Therefore, using a comparison engine like this will transparently show what each OTA is charging for the same room.

    Moreover, with comparison sites, you tend to find a much broader range of properties to choose from as they are searching most major bed banks and online travel agents to bring you the best deals.

    4. Save And Splurge
    The concept of save and splurge means you want to save on certain things, that don’t matter too much (e.g. car rental) but then splurge on once in a lifetime activities such as swimming with the dolphins or skydiving. There are many ways you can save money whilst travelling, particularly when it comes to food – yet it shouldn’t be all about saving money, as, after all, there should be an element of luxury to this trip.

    Therefore, what if you were to have picnic lunches for two days (rather than eating out) so that with the money saved, you can afford a Michelin starred tasting menu! That is the perfect example for save and splurge.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s take a look at three destinations to live life like a king (or queen) without it costing a fortune.

1. Morocco
Morocco has been somewhat of a mecca for tourists looking for something a little more edgy, for decades, yet nowadays the market has turned very upmarket with a number of elite riads (palatial houses) catering to an affluent audience.

A riad experience is not like anything you’re likely to have encountered before – there’s a certain intimacy yet refinement that makes one feel very much like ‘king of the castle’. Indeed, some riads come with a ‘house boy’ that acts as a concierge though the dynamic is such that it can feel like something from Arabian Nights, where you are the master of the house.

Marrakech is a great place to visit in Morocco, albeit intense, particularly in the summer heat that can get up to fifty degrees celsius! Here, you’ll find the souks and cultural hub that is Morocco’s most frequented tourist town – whilst retaining a very traditional and authentic feel to the city.

Then, if you wanted a little more adventure you have the Sahara Desert at your doorstep, or the coastal town of Essaouira, just a couple of hours drive away, which is a cooler and more relaxed place to chill out than Marrakesh.

2. Thailand
Thailand has something to offer everyone; as a culture, Thai’s are known for being great with children and are very accomodating of families. At the same time, they welcome all types of travellers from budget backpackers to hedonist honeymooners.

The great thing about Thailand, from a cost perspective, is that even though it’s relatively expensive when compared to places such as Indonesia, it has good infrastructure and the quality of five star accommodation tends to be of a five star standard. Indeed, there’s nothing more frustrating when travelling to different countries and their rating system isn’t on par with what you’re used to.

In Bangkok, for instance, you can get a decent five star hotel of a recognised brand such as Westin or Le Meridien for less than $100. If you go for a less well known brand, that is of a five star standard, then you could bag a bargain in the region of $50 – which is the same price as many rundown motels in the states.

Then, we have the food. Thailand is known for its food, and when you consider the price of something such as prawn fried rice in most countries being in the region of $10, in Thailand, you can find this for just $1 (if you know where to look). Most tourist places, of good quality, will charge more in the region of $3, yet, given the freshness and size of the prawns in question – it provides exceptional value.

3. India
Whilst India isn’t at the top of most people’s luxury travel bucket list, there are some really good options for luxury travel to be found in India. The prices are cheap, which means you can live very well for very little – and in India, there is the option for extravagant places, unlike neighbouring Nepal or Pakistan where very few options exist for people seeking luxurious comfort.

If you head down toward Kerala and Goa, for instance, there are a number of wonderful properties that you can find on Mr and Mrs Smith which will set you back a fair amount, but provide phenomenal value.

And, when you think about luxury travel that doesn’t cost a fortune – that’s what your focus should be – value. We often focus way too much on how much something costs, when it tends to be a more sensible approach to look at the value that’s offered. For instance, a hotel that costs $100 but provides a phenomenal service and opulent experience versus a hotel that costs just $20 but is next to a busy road with horns honking all night long – the more expensive option tends to provide much better value.

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What To Look For In A Kayak Seat

When you go kayaking, it is important that you have the right kayak. Kayaks come in many different forms and one of the most important parts is the seat. If you’re going to be kayaking for long periods of time, you will need your seat to be comfortable and suitable for any sort of back pain that you might have. This is why we have put together some tips on what you should look for in a kayak seat. Make sure to keep reading if you’d like to find out more.

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Back Support

It is very important that your kayak seat has good back support if you are planning on using it a lot. You will want to be able to stay out there for as long as possible without getting a sore back. This is why you should look for a seat with a heightened, reinforced back. This article suggests that this sort of seat can help to support your mid-back and shoulder region. Don’t sacrifice height for style if you want to have back support in your kayak.

Cushioning

Kayaking can be very strenuous, and it is important that you are as comfortable as possible. This is why you should try to choose a kayak seat that has some good cushioning. The material that the seat is made from is very important and you should aim for one with gel pockets which can make the whole experience a lot more comfortable.

The Type Of Kayak

When choosing your kayak seat, you should also remember that there are different types of kayaks. It is important that you know which sort of seats will fit in sit-on-top kayaks and which ones will fit right inside your kayak. Makes sure that you don’t invest in one that won’t fit in your kayak as this can be very disappointing.

Durability

If you are going to spend a lot of money on a new kayak seat, then you will want to choose one that is durable. This is especially important for those who are going to be paddling through some tough waters and want to be able to depend on the kayak seat for a long time. Make sure that you do your research and find a seat that is going to be durable and not get destroyed after a few trips.

The Design

Our final tip for those choosing a new kayak seat is to make sure that the design suits what you are looking for. You might have already chosen your kayak and so you will want to make sure that your seat looks good in it. For many people, their kayak is a possession that they are proud of and so there is no shame in choosing one with a nice design. It is important, however, that you remember not to compromise durability or comfort for fashion.

Make sure to follow these tips when choosing your next kayak seat.

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How Art Can Improve Your Home

Having a home that you are proud of is important and there are many different ways that you can achieve this goal. If you are trying to improve your home, then you should think about adding some new elements of design. One of the best ways that you can improve your home is to add some fine art or paintings. In this article, we are going to discuss how art can improve your home. Make sure to keep reading if you’d like to find out more.

Add Variety

One of the best reasons for adding art to your home is that you can change it regularly. Some people get bored with the décor of their room but if you create a sort of rotating gallery then you can update your room with a new painting when you want. Rotating galleries are great for keeping your home up to date with the latest seasons and art trends. Make sure to consider this if you want to improve your home.

Adding Colour

Having art in your home is also great as it can add another layer of colour. Dark coloured rooms can be brightened up with bold paintings and pale rooms can be made more exciting with a nice piece of art. Adding colour is very important and when you choose art for your home you can really make a huge difference.

Making A Statement

If you really want to make a statement in your home, then you should think about adding some art. Art can be really important in adding something that is bold and interesting to your room. You want your guest to walk in and be amazed by the décor and when you have a statement piece, you can be sure that this is going to happen.

Adding Movement

Another reason why art can improve your home is that it can actually add some movement to the room. If you choose certain pieces that will move the gaze of the guest around the room or that work well with your furniture choices, you can really change the way that the room is viewed. Your guest’s gaze will be guided, and they will appreciate what you have done with your home.

Add Texture

With art, you don’t always have to choose a print piece or a painting that has no texture. Art comes in many different forms and if you are able to find a textured piece to add to your home, you’ll be able to add this texture to your home. This can make a huge difference to how your room looks, and it is something which you should try.

Final Thoughts

There are many reasons why art can actually improve the way that your home looks. Think about how the piece that you choose can add some colour, texture or movement to your home. You will love how nice your room looks when you find that perfect piece.

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3 Reasons to Visit Crete

The Mediterranean is home to a number of beautiful, picturesque landscapes. Among these, Crete stands out at one of the most breath-taking. Greece’s biggest island is home to a number of things that we think of as being characteristically Greek. From the eponymous Greek salad to feta cheese, even the famous mythical Minotaur, Crete has inspired many of the defining features of Greek civilisation.

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While the Greek mainland is home to a large number and diverse array of culturally and historically significant sites, the island of Crete still retains a great deal of its original atmosphere. Being an island separated from the mainland, Crete has not had the same kind of cultural evolution as the rest of Greece. This makes Crete much more traditional in many ways, and it is a large enough island to support a culture that is subtly different to most of Greece.

There are several reasons why you should consider visiting Crete next time you are in the mood to take a Mediterranean holiday. Here are just three of the best reasons to visit Crete at least once in your life.

An Ancient Capital and Home of the Minotaur

The legend of Theseus and the Minotaur is one of the most famous from Ancient Greece. The Minotaur was the bane of Minos’ (the King of Crete) rule over the island. The Minotaur was imprisoned in a labyrinth beneath the King’s castle but demanded a yearly sacrifice of 14 people, seven young men, and women. Theseus, the son of the King of Athens took exception to the arrangement. He sailed to Crete and defeated the Minotaur. Using a thread, as suggested to him by Ariadne, the Cretan princess, Theseus was able to find his way back out of the labyrinth again.

Needless to say, the actual story is a lot better than that summary! The whole tale is set in the ancient city of Knossos. In fact, this is Europe’s oldest city and today is an archaeological site well worth visiting. Knossos was the centre of the Minoan civilisation, to which King Minos belonged. It is a truly fascinating experience to see the ruins of this mythical city and to compare the famous legend with the historical site.

Knossos is also located near to Crete’s largest city, Heraklion, making it a really fantastic day trip to take. Most schoolchildren in the UK will study the Ancient Greeks at some point. If your children are learning about Ancient Greece and the Greek myths, this is a really wonderful opportunity to make their learning a little more interactive.

Tropical (But Friendly) Waters

If there is one thing that the Mediterranean region is known for, it is the idyllic coastlines. When we think of glistening golden sands, dampened by the rhythmic tidal flows of deep blue waters, it is the Mediterranean that most of us are imagining. Crete is renowned for the beauty of its mountains and cliffs, but these are far from the only types of landscape the island has to offer.

There is a long list of beaches on Crete. And really, you can’t go wrong with picking one! Even if you arrive at a beach that isn’t to your liking, there is a whole coastline of alternatives! One beach that does deserve a special mention is Matala. Matala contains a network of caves that housed a group of free-spirited hippies during the 1960s. Speaking of which, the caves and cliffs that mark the Cretan coastline are worth exploring themselves.

An Authentic Villa Experience

If you are planning on staying in one of Crete’s urban centres, and you want to make sure that you are bang in the centre where the action is, then like most European cities, you will be looking at Hotels or Airbnbs for accommodation. However, while Crete is a pretty big island, it is small enough that transporting yourself around it is nice and easy. It’s not so small that you can travel everywhere on foot, but it is small enough that you can stay in an authentic, relatively rural villa, while still having easy access to the major towns and cities on the island.

There are a number of holiday companies who offer Villas in Crete, among them Blue Villas, which have these villas in Crete. Blue Villas is one of the best established and most popular. Their villas are perfectly situated to balance the remoteness and privacy of a rural setting, with access to the more modern trappings that Crete has to offer.

Greece is a very popular holiday option. The unique cuisine, culture, and history make Greece one of the most enriching places to visit, but the island of Crete remains somewhat overlooked. Crete is, as some islanders like to joke, more Greek than Greece. If you are fascinated by this place, and the myths and legends it has spawned, you should definitely consider visiting Crete.

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4 Apple Products Every Apple Aficionado Must Have

Do you consider yourself an Apple aficionado, or are you really just someone who casually dabbles in their product lines? If it’s the former, then you should have the following products either already bought or as part of your shopping list when you’re out and about to buy Apple products in the Philippines. Anything less means that you’re not getting the true kind of Apple experience that you deserve, the kind of bleeding-edge tech that has made the visionary company a tough act to follow and compete with.

The Apple iPhone X 64 GB.

When it comes to Apple essentials, we have to start with the biggest and most important one on the list: namely, the iPhone X. This is the latest, state-of-the-art iteration of the mobile device that truly made Apple the electronics giant it is today. While it comes with all the improvements and refinements that we can expect to set it apart from the previous generation of iPhone, the iPhone X also sports some new bells and whistles that come from the bleeding edge of tech.

One notable example is the FaceID facial recognition system, wherein the iPhone creates a 3D map of your face using its TrueDepth front-facing camera system and uses that map as a fingerprint to unlock itself and other features with. This essentially makes your phone truly and utterly yours, as it won’t function unless it knows you’re the one holding it. Best of all, it uses infrared camera tech and machine learning in order to detect your face flawlessly even if you’re in the dark or if you’re wearing something like caps, glasses, and so on. Moreover, the fact that it’s using a 3D map of your face means that it can’t be fooled with pictures or masks of your face either.

The Apple Airpods

Let tangled earphone cables be a thing of the past with the Apple Airpods. Launched alongside Apple’s historical removal of the 3.5mm jack from their iPhone line, these tiny little technological wonders allow for a truly wireless mobile listening experience—literally! Pop them out from their charging case, and they’ll automatically sync to your active iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or Mac—immediately turning on to pipe crystal-clear sound into your ears. They also automatically pause whatever’s going on once you take them out, allowing you to get back in the groove seamlessly once you put them back in.

Audio controls are simplified for your convenience too. Whether it’s adjusting the volume, changing tracks or even starting a call in the middle of your sound trip, all it takes is a double-tap and Siri will come up to help attend to your needs. As for battery life, you won’t have to worry about them going flat during your day, as the carrying case guarantees a charge that can last up to more than 24 hours.

With this kind of innovation driving all their products, it’s easy to see why Apple is at the forefront of mobile tech.

The Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 256 GB

Apple dominates when it comes to laptops as well, and this can be seen in none other than their Apple MacBook Air line of laptops. Made with the rationale that laptops should be as powerful as they can be while still being as portable as possible—i.e. not weighing you down like a thousand-pound barbell that you have to carry in a backpack or suitcase—the MacBook Air packs as much processing power as Apple can cram into it, while also sporting a feather-light weight and blade-thin profile. It’s the ultimate in on-the-go business convenience that’s straight out of science fiction.

In this, the Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 256 GB, one of the latest entrants in the MacBook Air line, continues that illustrious pedigree. For one, it sports a beastly 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor that can be Turbo Boosted up to 2.9 GHz, and is supported by 8GB 1600MHz of LPDDR3 memory. This means that whatever you’re doing on the go, this MacBook can handle it more than adequately. It’s no slouch when it comes to graphics either, with its integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000 card pumping out high-fidelity, high-quality visuals through its 1440 x 900 panel. Finally, it sports one of the best keyboards and trackpads ever made in the mobile tech market today, with smooth tactile action and pin-point accuracy following your every tap, click and swipe.

All of this, in a powerful package with a 12-hour long battery life and a total weigh-in of only 3 measly pounds. Whether you’re an Apple fanatic or you simply travel a lot in your line of work, the Macbook Air is a godsend and an essential.

The Apple 12W USB Power Adapter

All your Apple devices need an adapter to charge. However, you just can’t use any adapter you have lying around the house, even if the connections match and they do work. This is because third-party chargers have a higher chance of failing, and can easily damage your Apple gadgetry if you’re not careful. Protect yourself from that heartbreak in the making by only using first-party power adapters, such as the Apple 12W USB Power Adapter. It can charge any Apple product, so long as it has a Lightning connector, that is. It also features folding prongs so you won’t have to worry about it getting damaged (or damaging your stuff) if you toss it in your bag along with your other electronics.

Make your mark as a true Apple aficionado, and include these items as part of your daily loadout. In doing so, you not only prove your loyalty to this innovative and groundbreaking tech company, you’ll also be making your digital life all that much easier.

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