April 2017: 8 stories in 6 publications

In the mood for a holiday? This month’s travel news explores the busy streets of Nairobi and, further off the African coast, the vibrant cultures of Zanzibar. Staying in the region, Colin Murray talks about how One Horizon is using travel experiences to fund humanitarian programs.

Speaking of people making a difference, Zaid Philander shares his quest to change the world through ethical fashion at I Scream & Red. And in music news, Matthew Wild of Cape Town Opera talks about his love for the stage while Neyla Pekarek of The Lumineers opens up about touring the globe.

This month’s Edgars Club Magazine columns feature the best drinks for April and why the only thing worse than being uninsured is going through the pain of filing an insurance claim. And speaking of stressful events, even though we’re only a third of the way through the year, you might be feeling the effects of job burnout and in desperate need of a break.

What if you can’t get away? Zen Habits has five tips for when you have too much to do while Headspace has six ways to shorten your to-do list. The key is to work deliberately instead of reactively so that you only do what matters. All the rest can wait, assuming you know how to procrastinate like a pro.

So don’t be afraid to understand the psychological importance of wasting time or to discover why being lazy makes you more successful. And don’t be afraid to embrace the idea that, as much as it’s often useful to squeeze the most out of each moment, there are ways that time management might be ruining our lives.

The solution is balance. As captured well in this feature on how Darwin was a slacker and why you should be too:

“Even in today’s 24/7, always-on world, we can blend work and rest together in ways that make us smarter, more creative, and happier.”

It’s all up to you.

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Khoja Mosque in Nairobi (Copyright: Eugene Yiga)