Make Time for What Makes You Happy

“I don’t have time for a hobby” is an something we hear on a daily basis here at The Curve. While it’s true that daily life and work do often overwhelm us, we have also become a generation that glorifies being busy. Sometimes we spend more time lamenting how busy we are instead of actually tackling our to-do list!

Organizing your time more efficiently can help free up your time and alleviate the burden of your daily tasks. With time to spare it becomes easier to pick up a new language, learn to salsa, or do whatever else has been sitting at the bottom of your wish list for the past few years! Everyone should continue to expand their horizons with new hobbies and with some simple organizational tips you can give yourself the time to do so.

1. Always use a calendar. Having an updated calendar can help you remember what you have scheduled and avoid double committing. Don’t fully book every day either! There are plenty of things that CAN wait until tomorrow.
2. Make a to do list and prioritize your tasks. You don’t need to finish everything at once so having your tasks prioritized will help you know what can be done at a later time thus giving you a bit of free time today.
3. Omit distractions that are not really necessary. Instead of watching TV for four hours a day, watch for an hour and spend the rest of the time on something new! Save the Game of Thrones marathons for the weekend rather than making them a nightly occurrence.
4. Ask for help when needed – four hands finish things much quicker than two!
5. Wake up early. You’d be amazed at how productivity can sometimes do more for your energy than an extra hour of sleep!
6. No matter how much work you may have, make sure you often take the time to take a break and rejuvenate by doing something you love.

There are many important things in life that people tend to forget about and miss out on just because they are underutilizing their time. Once you get organized you may find that you were not really as “busy” as you originally thought!

A Curve Experience: {Summer Intensives with Contemporary Dance Dubai}

After a quiet summer, we are so excited that many new classes and courses are kicking off again! However while many other companies halted activity over the summer, Contemporary Dance Dubai instead chose keep up its momentum and run a series of intensive summer workshops. We sent our dance loving intern Farah to check them out. Could she keep up with this high energy workshop? Read on to find out!

I love trying new things in life, especially new forms of dance, so I was very excited to be invited to attend an intensive contemporary dance workshop with Contemporary Dance Dubai in Habtoor Grand Hotel in Jumeirah Beach Residence.

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The instructor Krista Degaetano is the founder of Contemporary Dance Dubai and is one of the pioneers of this dance style in our city. All the choreography she teaches in her workshops is her own and while it is not easy, it is truly beautiful. Her obvious passion for contemporary dance fuelled  the workshop and inspired and excited all the attendees.

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The class started off with some stretching and slow music. Following that, we began the tough part: the choreography. Due to the large number of students, the class had to be split the class into 2 groups and each group had to perform separately. The pace was quick as it was an intensive workshop, but Krista took great care to make sure she helped the students pick up the choreography and stay together. The energy in the room was fantastic throughout the entire session, and I enjoyed watching all the other students really put in their best effort.

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The class was a challenge for me because it was my first time to try contemporary dance but Krista’s style of teaching encouraged me to give it my all! The intensive workshops are open to multiple levels on different days until September 7. Don’t fret if you can’t make it to one of the last few sessions though – the new term begins on September 7 and you will be able to take a full 6 week course with CDD to suit your level!

{The facts}
Activity: Contemporary Dance
Provider: Contemporary Dance Dubai
Location: Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa
Timing: Classes run all week, the term lasts 6 weeks, and timings vary by level
Price: Varies by level
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Classes, Courses, and Camps for the Kids!

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When we launched The Curve over a year ago, our original objective was to help adults in the UAE to break out of the rut they were in (a rut we ourselves were stuck in too!) and find something new to learn. It was difficult to find interesting classes and courses in the UAE, and we aimed to make discovery simple and online booking even simpler.

A year on, we have realized that these adults face the same issues with finding classes for their children. As we continuously strive to be the leading destination for classes and courses in the UAE, we want to help solve that problem by adding children’s classes and courses to our site! Dance, art, and even stand up paddling – we’re working on having it all! You can search, compare, and finally book the best classes, courses, and camps for your kids!

You can check out the first selection here and if you are a company that offers children’s classes that you would like to list on our website, please shoot us an email at info[at]thecurve-me.com!

June 2014 | Good’s Home Grown Heroes

In May we received an email from Good Magazine’s editorial team that really blew us away. In all honesty, we had to read it a few times to make sure we understood properly! In the email, we were being asked to feature in Good’s anniversary issue as part of a feature called Home Grown Heroes that aimed to “celebrate some of the UAE’s most exciting people and small companies.” Without a moment’s hesitation we confirmed and are so delighted with the outcome of the feature. Not only do the photos look fabulous, but we are also so humbled to be featured alongside other great tech startups like Careem, Lime & Tonic, Little Majlis, and more!

Growing a startup is a tough and often dark road, so acknowledgements like this are the little beacons of light that keep us going. Big thank you to Helen, Cherith, and the rest of the Good team for including us, and we’re so proud to be a part of your Home Grown Heroes!

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{Monday Musings} What is the 15 Minute Lesson?

When we first had the idea to create The Curve, we knew it was important to actually understand if adults wanted to learn new skills, and if they did why they weren’t already pursuing them. To find the answers, we conducted an online survey and had so many interesting responses that really opened our eyes. One of the most striking statistics was that 73% of the respondents said that they did “not have time” to take up a new hobby.

Hmmm…let’s think about that for a minute. How much time does it take to learn something new? 1 hour a week? We spend more time than that watching mindless television on a daily basis!

We strongly believe that the “lack of time” excuse is simply a perception, and to tackle it we have created a new workshop series that we call the 15 Minute Lesson. The concept of this series is that it actually does not take much time to learn new things, and we can prove it. The workshops all include 4 speakers, each with a 15 minute allocated speaking spot. They are given the task of teaching the audience something new about a selected theme in this short slot. With this structure, attendees learn at least 4 new things in only an hour. We hope that this will put into perspective for people what they could really be doing with the hour (or hours…) they usually spend browsing social media!

Our first event is The 15 Minute Lesson for the Mother to Be and is happening next Monday May 5, 2014. In this inaugural event, we hope to address some of the biggest questions that pregnant women have during their first pregnancy. All the details are in the below flyer. Join us!

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{Monday Musings} Does having a hobby make you a better employee?

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Having a work/life balance seems like such a distant dream at times, and we often feel guilty for spending time on hobbies outside of our jobs because we are convinced we should be investing that time on advancing our careers.

I’ve definitely been there during my corporate days and have even felt guilty about leaving work on time to go to a fitness class. But on the days that I did force myself to leave the confines of my desk to do something for myself, I found myself being much more productive during the day and wasting less time in order to ensure a timely exit. This makes me think now, does having a work/life balance actually make you a better employee? Here are three reasons why I believe the answer is yes.

1. Better time management
Needing to leave the office on time to make it to a dance or martial arts class definitely puts a little more pressure on you during the day to complete your work and not waste time. Efficient time management is definitely a skill that improves your daily work life!

2. Hobbies make you a more creative person
From my observations, employees who invest time on nothing but work and socializing tend to be less creative than those who have interests outside of the workplace. Instead of having a one track mind, people with hobbies are able to think about things from different angles as their minds have been stimulated in various ways outside of work. Fresh ideas are always a good thing for business!

3. People with hobbies are more social
Whether it’s cooking or body building, hobbies are more often than not a social exercise. They help you meet new people from different walks of life and interact in ways that you wouldn’t with people from work or your personal life. These increased social skills make you a more confident and better networker, and we all know a solid network is gold in the business world!

What do you think? Are hobbies a waste of time or do they actual force you to use your time more wisely?