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The Wonders of Efficiency: My Best Time Savers

My last post talked about my struggle with efficiency, with an emphasis on some of my biggest “time wasters”. It’s great to know what to avoid, but figuring out what works well for me has helped me immensely. So without further ado, here are my best tips!

"Management Efficiency -Time Wasters / Savers" , Panel Discussion

How can you as a manager achieve maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort, time or money ?

The struggle is real - Most Hostel Managers have long to-do lists and limited time to get through all the various tasks. We had a panel of hostel professionals from our global community share their insights, challenges and ideas when it comes to avoiding time waste and being efficient in your role as hostel manager.

This Panel Discussion was streamed live August 26th. In case you missed it or want to refresh your memory of the useful 'tricks' and lessons learned about the topic of efficient time management then (re)watch a recording here.

The Roadblock to Efficiency: My Worst Time Wasters

If one of my biggest struggles in life is managing my time, then a close second is not wasting it to begin with. I chose this month’s topic of “Efficiency” because August is high season for many hostels and it becomes even more important. I also chose it because, like carbs and sugar, I never feel like I have enough of it. So this was as much a challenge for me to discover what keeps me from utilizing my time well, and to identify the tools I’ve learned over time that help me.

Public vs. Private Hostel Discussions

Hello hostel community.

Like any organization, has a presence on Facebook. Over time, this has become a fairly strong following, to the point where some forget about or don't realize that is first and foremost a full website and massive resource for hostel owners and managers. Which is a great shame, since the forum on HM has over 25,000 posts. Using Facebook to connect with other members of the HM community is not a bad thing, but some issues do arise.

How I Saved $10,000 Towards My Own Hostel (And how you can too!)

In the last 10 years I’ve lived in 5 different countries, and traveled in many more. I’ve taught English to monks in Thailand, tagged sea turtles in Greece, au paired in the Netherlands, taught pilates to one of the King’s 13 wives in Swaziland, and 100 other things in between. A decade of adventure left with me life changing experiences, and absolutely no money. I wouldn’t change it for anything- it’s also been a hell of a lot of fun- but at least financially, that time has come. I’m about to turn 30, and my biggest dream is still a dream. I decided to change that, and that decision took some serious work.

ILH Workshop Teaches Entrepreneurs How to Open a Hostel

ILH, the Israeli hostel network, recently finished the sixth installment of their Hosteliers and Entrepreneurs Workshop, a two day seminar designed to prepare anyone interested in starting a hostel for the challenge of organizing and opening their business.

Industry Spotlight on Zostel – India’s first hostel chain

Some hostels start small and think big so that they can expand in the future. Zostel is taking a different approach. They’re starting big and planning to shape the future as they go.

Adding Bars & Restaurants: Extra Value or Extra Headache?

Backpackers: the Ultimate Lazy. Go around the block for a bar? Can’t be bothered. Oh, you serve drinks at the bar downstairs? Eh, I suppose I could make it that far for a round. Or seven.

"Added Value or Added Headache?" - Hostels with Bars & Restaurants, Panel Discussion

Learn more about the challenges and rewards of adding a bar/restaurant/cafe to your hostel.
This Panel Discussion was streamed live April 29th.

What Makes the Best of the Best?

Someone once told me a brilliant idea for a hostel tshirt. It was basically along the lines of “My name is ____. I’m from ____. I’m traveling for ____ weeks/months. I’m going to ____ next.” The guest could just fill in the blanks with a marker, and thus avoid the standard hostel small talk. At one point in my travels I was so done with that particular monologue that I was ready to write it on my forehead. So naturally, I thought it was a great idea. I’ve also reached that point more than once while working in hostels, as I’m sure many of you have.

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