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How to Keep Your Phone From Taking Over Your Life

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We’re distracted like never before — and our phones are probably the biggest culprit. But there is a way you can live with one and still get things done. When your mind is even slightly resisting a task, it will look for novel things to focus on. And it doesn’t need to look far — only as far as your phone.

Our smartphones provide an endless stream of bite-sized, delicious information for our brains to consume. It’s easy to get hooked, even to feel addicted. And most of us would prefer not to feel this way. Here are 7 strategies that are useful to prevent phones from taking over our time and attention:

Use airplane mode, even when you’re not in the air

Airplane mode isn’t just for travel. Use it when you’re working on an important task or having coffee with someone you value. It makes a bigger difference than simply putting your phone in your pocket; when you do that, you’re still aware of the buzzing, vibrating notifications and distractions piling up and waiting for you. Airplane mode eliminates the possibility that notifications will disrupt your work or conversation.

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Do a phone swap

While you should tuck your phone away while you’re with family or friends, there are times when you need to have it handy. On these occasions, try swapping phones with the people you’re hanging out with. This way, if you have to look something up, make a call, or send yourself a reminder, you’ll have a device to do it with — but it won’t be one that will suck you into a personalised world of distraction. If there is an urgent call or message on your phone, of course, your swap-mate has to promise to tell you, and vice versa.

Prune your apps.

Scroll through your phone and delete the apps on which you waste too much time and attention — social media and news apps included. This can feel refreshing, like spring cleaning for your phone. Step two: Consider getting rid of apps that duplicate functionality with apps on your other devices. For example, your email app may not be worth keeping if you also read mail on your tablet; an investment app you check compulsively might be worth nixing if you can access that information on your laptop.

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Create a “Mindless” folder.

So you can’t quite get rid of all your time-wasting apps — and that’s OK. Just house your most distracting apps — the ones that pull you into autopilot mode — in a “Mindless” folder on your phone or tablet. The folder’s name should serve as a reminder every time you’re about to distract yourself.

Mind the gaps

This one takes willpower but consciously resist the urge to tap around on your phone when you’re waiting in line at the grocery store, walking to the coffee shop, or in the bathroom. Try to use these breaks to reflect and recharge. Mindlessly burning these moments on your phone isn’t worth it.

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Jumia Empowers Local Women to Deepen eCommerce Penetration in Nigeria

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Jumia, Nigeria’s leading online shopping destination has empowered resident women in Lagos to deepen e-commerce penetration in the country. This is through the company’s Women & Youth Empowerment Programme, created to provide training and support to young women and youth seeking to expand their sources of income.

Caption: A cross section of Jumia leadership team with some of the participants at the Jumia Women & Youth Empowerment Programme.

 

The programme, which is also aimed at ultimately bridging the widening unemployment gap among the youth in the country, had its pilot phase launched on  Friday 14th June 2019, at the Jumia Experience Centre in Yaba, Lagos.

 

According to the Chief Executive Officer of Jumia Nigeria, Mrs. Juliet Anammah, when women are empowered, families are also empowered. She also noted that the empowerment programme aligns with Jumia’s mission of improving the everyday lives of Nigerians.

 

Mrs. Esther Olusanya, a full-time housewife and Mrs. Omoboanle Ajala, a local tailor in Agege suburb of Lagos, were among local women who attended the programme. The two nursing mothers described the initiative as an “excellent supplement for women looking to make extra income to support their families while helping others save time and save money on Jumia”.

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L-R: Olukayode Kolawole, Head of PR & Communications, Jumia Nigeria; Mrs Esther Olusanya, a full-time housewife; Mrs Juliet Anammah, CEO, Jumia Nigeria; and Mrs Omobolanle Ajala, a local tailor in Agege; at the launch of the Jumia Women & Youth Empowerment programme held last Friday at the Jumia Experience Centre, Yaba, Lagos.

 

One of the facilitators of the programme, Jumia’s Head of Growth Marketing, Mr. Olusegun Martins, stated that “beyond empowering women, the programme has a long term goal of helping consumers understand how to benefit from online shopping, especially among rural dwellers”. He encouraged the participants to leverage the programme to support themselves.

About Jumia

Jumia is the leading pan-African e-commerce platform, present across 14 countries in Africa. Its mission is to improve the quality of everyday life in Africa by leveraging technology to deliver innovative, convenient and affordable online services to consumers while helping businesses grow as they use Jumia’s platform to better reach and serve consumers. The Jumia platform consists of a marketplace, which connects sellers with consumers, a logistics service, which enables the shipment and delivery of packages from sellers to consumers, and a payment service, which facilitates transactions among participants active on the Jumia platform in selected markets. On the marketplace, more than 80,000 sellers offer a broad range of goods and on-demand services. Jumia Logistics facilitates the delivery of goods in a convenient and reliable way, leveraging an extensive network of third-party logistics service providers, seamlessly integrated through the Jumia proprietary technology platform. JumiaPay offers a safe and easy solution to facilitate online transactions on the Jumia platform, with the intention of integrating additional financial services in the future.

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Glaring Signs You Are Addicted to WhatsApp

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WhatsApp is one of the most widely used apps in the world today. You will find it in almost every smartphone. The average user checks WhatsApp more than 23 times per day. This means that the average user is addicted to WhatsApp. You can say this is still within a reasonable limit. However, if you cross this line, you are definitely addicted to it. The concern here is that some persons do not know that they are devoted and worship WhatsApp. Here are some of the signs you can look out for to know.

You check WhatsApp first thing after waking up

Gone are the days when you’d wake up, brush and pick your Bible or Quran to read in the morning. It’s so easy now when the phone is lying next to you and your hand subtly grabs the phone and checks the number of messages in WhatsApp. Next, you forward the jokes to different groups and friends.

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You are texting non-stop while walking on the road

Ever had someone told you ‘Hey watch out’ because you were too busy messaging your friends? It happens many times. If you cannot resist the urge to WhatsApp while walking on the road, you need to reconsider it. If you think sending messages or texting is more important than your safety, well you are addicted.

Driving, eating or sleeping. You check WhatsApp

If you can’t resist the urge to check the message as soon as it beeps even if you are driving, eating or sleeping, which means risking driving or compromising on sleep, then you are addicted to it. You need to mellow down and take control of your life.

Your WhatsApp status shows online at 2 am

If it shows online at 2 am, it means obliviously you are wide awake texting or doing one or the other things in WhatsApp. Constantly updating your status and checking your friends profile pictures and waiting for validations from your friends regarding your profile picture is a sure sign of your addiction to WhatsApp.

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Checking WhatsApp repeatedly if they have read your message

If you wait anxiously to see those blue double ticks that show your message has been read, you are definitely addicted. As soon as you hit that pin, you start expecting your friends to pick up the phone and check your message. They will check it when they think they should. You don’t have to pick your phone every time it beeps to check if they have received it or not. If your phone needs frequent charging due to the app, then you need to hold on and take it easy.

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How Use Technology to Pull Ahead of Your Competition

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Competition everywhere is in every business no matter what you do or how you do it. This is because the business space or enclave is big enough to accommodate everyone. It might be products, it could be services, it could be a combination of both, but the competition will certainly be there.

So, no matter the competition, technology help be ahead of your competition. We share some of the ways you can deploy technology to get ahead.

Social Media

When you think of social media you probably initially think of your friends and family, or memes to be shared and petitions to sign. However, you can also utilise social media successfully for your business; it can be the perfect way to showcase what you can do and what you have to offer to hundreds or even thousands (or more) of people. When you sign up for either: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can create posts that show exactly what your business is all about, and why people should buy from you.

Website

Simply using a social media account is not enough if you want to get ahead of the competition; it should be part of your marketing strategy, not your entire strategy itself. A website will also be required if you want to beat your competitors. A website promotes trust, showing that you intend to be a long-term business, investing in your products, your customers, and your future. It will also help you to develop your brand. This will help people choose you rather than someone else. A website also allows you to sell even when you aren’t physically at your desk, or even awake.

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SEO

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is important if you really want to get ahead of the competition. You don’t have to know exactly how it works or be at ease with knowing all about algorithms and computer programming, but you should understand the basic principles of SEO and use it to your advantage wherever possible. There are many different aspects to SEO and you will need to do some thorough research or use a third party to help you, but some of the pointers you can implement yourself include keywords and phrases. You can use these important keywords within your website content, especially your blog.

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Online Ads

Ads on Google, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are making tons of dollars from online advertising. This is because so many businesses are taking advantage of online advertising to push their products to billions across the world that are on these platforms.

Create Surveys

Finding out what your customers really think about what you are doing, and discovering if there is any other way you can improve how you serve them is crucial if you want to grow and be successful, and it is yet another way that you can get ahead of the competition; knowing where your strengths and weaknesses lie means you can work on them to become the very best. You can use tech to send out specially designed surveys to your customers who have opted into your mailing list, asking them to complete the form to give you some ideas on how to improve.

 

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