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These Are The Best Apps For Tracking Your Period

Want to know when Aunt Flo is coming to town? There’s an app for that.

May 10, 2017

The New iPhone Is On The Way, And It’s Going To Be AMAZING

Actually, THREE new iPhones are apparently in the works.

April 19, 2017

I Tried To Become A Morning Person And This Is What Happened…

Can someone who hates mornings learn to love them?

December 7, 2016

7 Sex Toys You Never Knew You Needed In Your Life

Take your good feels to the next level…

October 21, 2016

8 Things You Need To Know Before You Splurge On The iPhone 7

Everything you need to know about the new cool kid on the block…

September 15, 2016

14 Dirty Songs To Get You In The Mood

Warning: These will make you horny AF.

August 19, 2016

How Our Virtual Friends Are Replacing Our Real Ones

Sorry, can’t talk, gotta update my Instagram.

February 8, 2016

Do You Have Nomophobia?

Know that feeling of anxiety when you can’t find your phone?

November 16, 2015

Is Your Cell Phone Sabotaging Your Social Life?

Hold up. I’m updating my status on Facebook. 

October 22, 2015

Are We The Laziest Generation Of Friends Ever?

Seriously, how hard is it to be on time?!

October 8, 2015

Sexting To Spice Up Your Relationship

Sending a sneaky sext to your hubby during the day can help to raunch up your sex lives, build affection and let loose when you both get home from work, having worked on your sexual chemistry earlier in the day. It gives both of you something to look forward to and adds a bit of naughtiness to your playtime.

RELATED: Seven Days To Better Sex

But before you all launch at me with your hair straighteners and your eyelash curlers about how bad sexting is and how it ruins lives and careers and everything else about a woman, please just hear me out.

I’m not talking about sending a sext to the guy you just met on Tinder, or the one that you starting dating last week. I’m talking about sending a surprise sext to the man of your dreams, who you are in a stable and long term relationship or marriage with.

Spicing up your sex life after being together for that long could be as simple as sending him a message about how you can’t wait until he comes home tonight so he can check out your new lingerie.

Sexting shouldn’t be an everyday occurrence; like anything else that happens everyday, it gets a bit boring. It’s a once in a while way to add some excitement to the things that sometimes take a back seat to work, family and other commitments.

And while it’s all a bit of fun and games for you an your partner, researchers say that sexting can actually be great for the both of you. It has been found that sexting leads to increased satisfaction in relationships. Letting your partner know how you feel about them isn’t away from the norm when you discuss it in person, and with the rise of technology, sending a sneaky sext can let your partner know that they’re on your mind during the day.

If you’re wondering how to start out your sexy string of messages to your man, it’s best to begin slowly, with a little bit of a tease to ignite the fire in him. As for photos, if you want to send through some sexy snaps or suggestive signs, try not to include your face. It could be as simple as sending him a photo of your lingerie laid out on your bed or the top of a hold up stocking with a some suggestive wording.

Images via womenshealthmag.com

August 26, 2015

Dumbing Down: How Modern Life Is Destroying Your Brain

Thank gooodness for spellcheck, Siri and Google, right? Wrong, says experts – they’re eroding your brain.

According to a new study, modern day life is having a significant impact on our brains, with everything from gadgets to eating habits damaging neural pathways and making us slower and less capable of original thought.

RELATED: The Impact Coke Really Has On The Body Will Shock You

While better living conditions and education initially boosted our IQs in the early 1900s, scientists have revealed that for the last decade these have been declining thanks to lifestyle factors such as stress, technology, sugar and even reality TV. Curious as to how? Let’s take a look in further detail:

  1. Breakfast

That big breakfast of bacon, eggs and buttery toast is doing you more harm then you’re led to believe. According to studies at The University of Montreal, consuming large amounts of soggy saturated fats hamper the brain’s dopamine function, resulting in slower reaction times and feelings of depression.

  1. Multitasking

Do you often find yourself on the phone while researching, answering emails and consuming the news all at once? Earl Miller, an expert on divided attention and a neuroscientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology told the Sydney Morning Herald: “The brain is not wired to multitask. When people think they’re multitasking, they’re actually just switching from one task to another very rapidly, and every time they do, there’s a cognitive cost.”

The result? A flood of cortisol (the stress hormone) and adrenaline to the brain which prevents clear thinking.

  1. Googling

Having information available to us 24/7 is destroying our memory, says scientists. Googling a phone number, address and seeing what friends are up to on Facebook means that we no longer have to rely on our memory, which, according to research by Columbia University, is changing the way we store them.

  1. Reality TV

Watching episode upon episode of Keeping up with The Kardashians is rotting your brain – not that we needed research to clarify that. Apparently what we watch, see and listen to influences our behaviour.

  1. Fructose

A spoonful of sugar does not make the medicine go down. In fact, it slows down your brain and affects chemical pathways, says experts. Dr Sarah Brewer, a medical nutritionist told the Sydney Morning Herald: “Brain cells need glucose to function but too much in a short time will cause a sugar rush and make you feel over-wired.”

  1. Nightly disruptions

If you wish to function like a normal human being, shift work, jetlag and/or regular nightly disruptions is not ideal. “Whether you are a flight attendant, medical resident, or rotating shift worker, repeated disruption of circadian rhythms is likely going to have a long-term impact on your cognitive behaviour and function,” reported professor Lance Kriegsfeld from the University of California at Berkeley.

  1. Chewing gum

We know swallowing gum is bad for your health, but apparently chewing it can be bad for your short-term memory tasks. Dr Sarah Brewer said: “When people chew gum for hours, it may cause a problem with distraction. As soon as the flavour, goes I’d recommend taking it out.”

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August 3, 2015

Technology To Help You Stress Less

Our lives are becoming evermore stressful with work commitments, family commitments and wanting to have that special me-time that has become oh-so-precious. While some people may say that we have become overrun with technology, I’m here to tell you to slap that thought off your laptop screen! Technology has made our lives more stressful with immediacy and urgency, but it has also made our lives so much easier in those aspects as well.

RELATED: Invest In Wearable Tech To Improve Your Health

Technology is such a useful tool to organise your life, your work and even your health and rest. Organisational devices, such as your phone and tablet and your Google calendar are life savers when it comes to work meetings, deadlines and family gatherings. By syncing your email to your phone, tablet and laptop, you can create events and reminders that will pop-up on all devices to help you remember important things that you need to get done – even if it is just picking up your dry cleaning or getting your hair done.

While those devices have your schedule in order, gadgets such as the Fitbit are taking care of your health. Activity trackers that can be slipped on your wrist are a great way to keep your diet, exercise and even your sleep in check. Interestingly, the Fitbit Wireless Activity and Sleep Wristband will track your steps, your calories and your sleep to help you assess the changes that you need to make in your lifestyle. Other variations include a 24/7 heart rate monitor and GPS system, as well as smartphone notifications that appear on screen of the band – for the girl who is really on the go.

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There are also upgrades in technology that can help us with everyday tasks like printing and organising files, such as printers that can now process 30 A4 pages per minute and high-gig USBs to help you coordinate your files for different meetings and clients. And as we learned from Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City: we should always back up our work, so investing in a portable hard drive is key. Now if this isn’t taking the stress out of work and life admin, then I don’t know what is!

Tech expert Trevor Long has partnered with Officeworks to bring us some helpful hints about how to manage our stress with the help of technology.  Encouraging us to make use of gadgets, social media and devices, he says it’s a great way to de-clutter our lives and be as efficient and stress-free as possible.

“Keyboards have come a long way – ergonomic ranges are now available for those who spend long periods of time behind the desk, while wireless keyboards are perfect if your desk’s cord clutter is starting to become a concern,” says Trevor.

“Voice recording devices are quite possibly one of the handiest additions to a meeting or presentation. Simply switch the device on and it will transform audio into a digital transcription, allowing you to sit back and take in what’s going on around you.”

With 76 per cent of Aussies now owning a smartphone, he also urges us to take advantage of voice-command features on our cell phones. “These should be your best friend, given you can set your alarm, send a text or schedule a meeting without lifting a finger.”

And as for wearable tech, Long’s an advocate. “The new phenomenon has brought us products like Jawbones, Fitbits and smartwatches changing our lives – for the better. Stay on top of your fitness, calorie intake and sleeping patterns using wearable tech to increase your overall health.”

May 30, 2015

Meet Our Latest Apple Watch Winner, Terry McKay

We caught up with our latest Apple Watch winner, Terry McKay (pictured), who is now the most “tech savvy” of the family thanks to his prize. After being recommended to enter the competition by one of his daughters, McKay now plans to use his smartwatch to its full capability and insists he is a “lucky guy”.

RELATED: Meet Our Nissan Micra Winner – Eugenie Buchan

How did you find out about the competition?

One of my daughters told me about it and recommended I enter as (in her words) I am a lucky guy. How right she was!

After entering, did you tell your family and friends about the competition?

I told my family I had entered and suggested there was no need for [them] to enter as well, for I would win the watch.

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What was going through your mind when you were signing up?

When I signed up, I was thinking: ‘Seriously, it would be nice to win such a device and be not only ahead of most people my age, but also my tech savvy children and grand-children.’

At any point did you hesitate?

Signing up was easy and it was interesting to say the least to then be made aware of the other opportunities available through the site.

We noticed that you’ve since signed up to receive offers from Hotels.com, have you received any exciting deals from them?

I have used the Hotels.com site before and monitor the numerous discount offers they put forward.

What are your thoughts about winning an Apple Watch and how do you intend to use it?

As to how I will use the Apple watch, I will study its features and use it to its full capacity, having already started researching its capabilities. My children and grand-children will be amazed!

Will you join another competition again after winning this amazing prize?

Most certainly having won this competition, I will enter others. I might even let you know which ones so you can let other subscribers know they are wasting their time competing… Just kidding!

May 27, 2015

Smartphones Are Making You Dumb: How To Combat It

Bad news for phone addicts – a new study shows that the device in the palm of your hand is killing your IQ. If you’re ever guilty of watching TV while browsing Facebook and using Google to answer every life question, research suggests it could be making you, ah… Dumb.

RELATED: Is Technology A Buzz Kill In The Bedroom?

A study by the University of Copenhagen has found that digital multitasking – having one eye on the telly and the other on your Instagram feed – is having a serious impact on your brain. Researchers found that using multiple devices releases a hormone that is likened to being high on drugs. That’s not all: Every time you multitask, you’re rewiring your brain. Flicking between gadgets causes information to be stored in another part of the brain, establishing new cognitive habits.

“Our brains could, thanks to our reliance and overuse of technology, be heading for the scrap heap,” one of the researchers told the Daily Mail. And to top it off, scientists at the University of Waterloo believe resorting to Google to answer life’s questions is lowering our IQ. Nice.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. Here, we speak to tech queen Megan Iemma of Tech Coach HQ about the four best ways to take control.

  1. Don’t Google Everything

To Google or not to Google? Megan Iemma says it’s important to develop “digital resilience,” and be discerning about when, and how you use search engines. A recent study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, found that most humans will opt to exert as little mental effort as possible. This can result in an over-reliance on search engines (we’ve all Googled questions we could solve ourselves).

“I think the bigger issue is critical thinking skills,” says Iemma. She believes that truly productive people know how to use search engines properly and aren’t ‘trigger happy.’ “Go beyond the first page of Google and try a combination of keywords, rather than just typing the question straight in,” she says.

  1. Have a Zen Inbox

Guilty of checking your emails every 10 minutes, and jumping when you hear the ping of a new message? It’s time for an inbox overhaul. Creating a zen inbox is simple: Write an ‘out of office’ message that lets friends and colleagues know exactly when you will check your inbox. Be specific and set two times – 8am and 2pm are ideal so you have time to action any tasks. Add to the message that any urgent notes can be directed to your mobile or receptionist.

It might seem stressful at first, but changing your email habits will cause you to be more task-focused, rather than reactive as new messages come through. “It’s a more productive way to check and respond to emails,” says Iemma. “Research has shown we are less stressed when we stick to about twice a day rather than constantly checking it.”

  1. Try the 7til7 Challenge

Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation has launched the 7Til7 Challenge, which asks Australians to ‘disconnect to reconnect.’ Participants are encouraged to take time out from technology between 7am and 7pm, to reflect on our relationship with devices. Sure, that might not be realistic if you hold down a full time job, but start small by switching off social media notifications during the day. You’ll be surprised by the results.

  1. Use One Screen at a Time

For years we’ve been told how important it is to hone the art of multitasking, but new research suggests that when it comes to devices, screen-on-screen action should be avoided. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that more than 80 per cent of mobile users are guilty of using multiple screens at once.

The answer? When you arrive home, dock your mobile on the charger in a separate room. At work, try to turn off Facebook notifications so you don’t have too many devices vying for your attention. It’s a tough habit to break, but your future self will thank you.

Image via Twitter

May 2, 2015

10 Of The Coolest Things You Can Do With Your Phone

It makes phone calls, sends text messages and of course you can browse the internet from it, but did you know your mobile phone can also do the following 10 things?

1. Take a screen shot

Have you ever wanted to quickly capture a web page or a piece of text that made you laugh? Whether on your iPhone or iPad, simply hold the home button and the on/off button at the same time to take a screen shot. It will immediately save to your camera roll so you can view again when you like.

2. Create a passcode with letters 

Rather than choosing a set of numbers for your passcode, opt for a memorable word instead. This can come in useful if you break your phone and have it fixed by Lovefone. To set it up, just go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and turn off the ‘simple passcode.’ Go to set passcode and a full keyboard will appear instead of the number pad. When you next need to unlock your phone, this keyboard will reappear and prompt you to enter the code. 

3. See which planes are overhead

Ask Siri, “What flights are above me?” or say, “Planes overhead,” and it will pull up a chart featuring each plane’s flight number, altitude, and angle.

4. Get a quick charge

Tired of waiting for your iPhone to charge? If you’re in a rush and need to charge your phone, put it in Airplane mode and plug in for a faster charge time. 

5. Take rapid photos 

According to The Telegraph, a recent poll revealed that 5.4 million British tourists upload their pictures within just ten minutes of arriving at their holiday destination. Rapid shots come in handy whilst on holiday so you don’t miss a special moment. Simply hold down the camera capture button to take photos in burst mode – you’re guaranteed a good shot!

6. Have your emails read to you

Just say the magic words “Read my email” and Siri will read all your messages aloud to you!

7. Use the volume buttons for a perfect selfie 

According to the Metro, a new survey has revealed that on average, women delete five selfies before settling on the sixth, which they deem good enough to post online. It can be difficult to take the perfect selfie by touching the capture button so use the volume buttons instead!

8. Customise the vibration

Do you tend to have your phone on silent or vibrate more often than having it on loud? Never fear, now you can customise the vibration pattern so you can work out who’s calling you without even having to look! Just go to Settings > Sounds > Ringtone > Vibration > Create New Vibration.

9. Choose flash alerts

Set your phone to emit a bright LED flash instead of playing a sound. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility, scroll down and turn on ‘LED Flash for Alerts.’

10. Shake to delete

Did you change your mind about that text message half way through? Simply shake your phone to activate an ‘Undo Typing’ box.

April 28, 2015

10 Signs You’re Addicted To Technology

We all love our phones, laptops and tablets and though we might not like to admit it, we have developed a dependency on our devices since everything has become so accessible. But how much is too much when it comes to technology and do we rely on our devices that little bit too much? We’ve all heard about technology taking over our lives, but perhaps it has already taken over yours and you just don’t know it.

RELATED: Is Technology A Buzz Kill In The Bedroom 

Well, read further to find out if you are too dependent on your devices.

  1. You go to check the time on your phone/tablet and get distracted by a text message or notification that you have to re-check it to find out the time.
  2. You have an app for absolutely everything, if someone mentions it, you whip out your phone/tablet/laptop and show them what you’ve got.
  3. You make your partner wait until you take a picture of his/her food on every. single. date.
  4. Your colleagues know every detail of your weekend before Monday morning because of your social media updates.
  5. You text your partner while you’re in the same house, usually to get you something you didn’t want to get yourself.
  6. You regularly get distracted by social media when you know you should be doing work/cooking dinner/going to the gym
  7. You feel physically anxious, sick and panicky on that off chance you’ve forgotten to take your phone with you or when the battery runs out and you don’t have a charger handy.
  8. You haven’t read a book/magazine/newspaper in a very long time. In fact, you hardly touch paper.
  9. You also haven’t stepped foot in a clothes store since Asos and The Iconic were invented.
  10. Your partner/child/dog comes second to your phone/laptop/tablet.

Being too dependent and addicted to technology isn’t just about our hand held devices. It also includes changing the temperature of the air conditioned instead of adjusting your clothes or driving to work when you know you could be working.

Many times, technology takes first place over living in the moment and having fun, and if you think this is you, you might want to take a technology detox.

Image via brucesallan.com

April 23, 2015

Weekend Wit: Funny Texts Round 2

When you stop and think about how communication has changed in the last twenty years it’s pretty awesome. We can be virtually anywhere in the world at anytime and communicate with others via text. We don’t need to wait to be face to face or even voice to voice to speak.

RELATED Weekend Wit: Text Fails That Will Have You In Stitches!

This does however open the law of averages to work against us. For every positive change welcomes a brand new negative. That’s harmless enough considering the convenience we all experience isn’t it? It might be a stray text to a stranger or unwitting recipient or perhaps the infamous auto-correct with a brain of it’s own. Others may use text to say things to people they’d NEVER say face to face and then of course there’s that misunderstanding which sometimes occurs with all types of digital communication.

For us onlookers it’s all pretty funny, but please spare a thought for a few the people actually receiving some of these. You’ll know which ones I mean after you take a look. So let’s see first hand how the wonderful law of averages is working against some people out there!

 

broncos

Man talk 101.

coffee

Toast… goat. Pissed… coffee. We can all see how spell check did that can’t we?

drunk

No dude, not too drunk at all.

erotica

Is this fate’s way of saying don’t go to the party?

fondled

Clearly auto correct has sex on the brain.

gran-died

The slipped finger phenomenon.

k

Clearly not the response they were hoping for?

long-dong

Notice when “image” was mentioned it helped provide the visual.

shitting

Yet a second visually appealing text.

vagina

Speaking of visuals. Does that really look like a vagina?

at-kfc

Poor Moooma ain’t loosing that weight any time soon.

dad's-dead

Proof that people can actually text without a single operational brain cell.

laughing

This dad just had his heart restated without a defibrillator.

love-dads-smile

What an evil little ……!

mums-vibrator

Awesome way to get rid of the kids! Anyone seen my phone?

my-son

Prime example of a great father / son relationship.

nasty-FB-mom

Anyone willing to offer this child some Pro-Bono counseling?

obviously

Great way to suppress a thriving libido.

owned-by-mom

One for Mum and minus zero for smart ass.

protections

s-condoms

Way to give ya boys some confidence with the ladies!

shotgun

I’d vote this man Father of the Year.

sugar-daddy

How can she continue to 🙂 after that initial text?

time-to-go

This last one actually makes me feel like a better parent.

So, I hope you all enjoyed the second round of funny texts. I’ll admit, not as funny as the first round but hey, some of those were just too hard to beat. No matter how hard I searched! Hopefully in a few more months people will come up with some more funny texts to entertain us. In the meantime if you have something tucked away that’s witty or funny and you think others will enjoy, we’d love to hear from you.

April 11, 2015

United Nations Steps In To The Privacy Debate

Privacy has become one of the hottest political topics and social problems of the 21st century. World Governments have been scattering left and right for a while now dodging questions about secret spy agencies and operations – particularity after top-secret leaks from whistleblowers like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

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One of the biggest problems is that everyday users of technology have no idea how to protect themselves. This makes them exceptionally vulnerable and leaves plenty of scope for abuse. Even when hackers and tech savvy individuals say to use this or that for protection, it’s not a condom, and it’s not as easy to apply. In effect they may as well be speaking a foreign language because so many users have no idea what they’re saying.

Thankfully, the United Nations Human Rights Council has felt a strong need to step in. They have recently announced the appointment of a special rapporteur who is effectively an independent expert. They will be appointed in June 2015 and will play a critical role in developing the meaning of privacy as a basic human right and implementing guidelines to assist counties and agencies comply with the UN’s stance on privacy.

The special rapporteur will also speak to key stakeholders and research any privacy violations which have occurred. I’d expect this will focus heavily on digital technology and advancements in communication. Some have speculated on exactly how much transparency will be provided by the special rapporteur, particularly from some of the spy agencies operating nationally and globally.

The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in the UK and the National Security Agency (NSA) based in the US are said to be global leaders in metadata collection. Using top secret computer systems they have been able to monitor millions of digital technology users for several years. All US telecommunications companies are said to have assisted in their collection in one way or another and have even had to disclose personal credit card information.

In the past year or so, there has been a significant amount of talk about their practices. Privacy watchers have even suggested these agencies may have gone rouge, pushing the bounds of what’s legal within their jurisdiction.

One system which is under intense scrutiny operates under the code-name Tempora. It intercepts communications via fibre-optic cables, which is primarily how the internet operates. What they have been doing and are continuing to do, is accessing and storing massive amounts of private and public citizen information without any suspicion of crime or terrorism. It’s believed the program is so vast that it collects data from each and every phone user in America.

Another program with the code-name PRISM has also come under direct fire. Users of internet giants Google, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and Skype have all had their data collected and handed discretely to the NSA and FBI.

Reports have surfaced that the NSA had planed to scrap metadata collection prior to Snowden’s NSA leaks. However, despite claiming it’s been ineffective in the “war on terror” and excessively expensive, this system is still very much operational. Many eyes are looking at June 1st when the law allowing this practice will expire.

The renewal of this legislation won’t be smooth thanks to Snowden. Some politicians believe the legality to collect each private citizens telephone data is an essential national security tool, while others strongly believe it goes against the US constitution. At present no-one is giving away any secrets concerning the future of this legislation, so only time will tell.

Privacy advocates are obviously hoping for it’s dissolution, plus many will be holding their breath for the first privacy report to come out of the UN. Considering the significant load of metadata collected by the GCHQ, NSA and FBI alone, the soon-to-be-appointed special rapporteur will clearly have their work cut out for them!

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April 7, 2015

How To Do A Digital Detox At Home

Australians are more digitally connected then ever, with the average person spending the equivalent of almost an entire day online every week. So is it time to do a digital detox?

RELATED: Has Technology Made us Distracted Parents?

“We live in a notification culture, where we have attention deficiencies and are addicted to the little red notification circles on our media,” says performance coach Vanessa Bennett.

“So much time is wasted letting people know we are constantly plugged in. We want to be the first to respond to an e-mail or a status update,” she says.

Bennett, who founded Inside 80 Performance, believes the answer isn’t necessarily to remove all digital connections, but rather to do a stock take and rethink the way we use technology to live and work more efficiently.

“Denying ourselves the opportunity to be productive just because we’re trying to separate work and life is a bad idea, but ‘disciplining’ our use of digital technologies is great,” she explains. “Discipline is important because it keeps us present.”

Dr John Demartini, a leading expert in human behaviour, believes constant use of our phones and social media accounts can actually lead to feeling disconnected. “Distractions such as smartphones and televisions can prevent us from following – or finding – our calling and making it a priority in our lives.”

He explains that 200 hours spent on digital devices per month- the equivalent of almost six hours a day- could be better spent to meaningfully impact our life. “You could have written half a novel or completed a private pilot’s license- four times!” he says.

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Follow these five steps to do a digital cleanse at home:

Step one: Do a shout-out

Going cold turkey and simply switching off every device will likely result in feelings of anxiety as you withdraw from conversations, and confusion from friends and family. Instead, post a simple note on the social media accounts you use most, such as Facebook and Twitter, letting friends know you won’t be online, and when you’ll be back.

This will avoid frustration from friends who are used to receiving instant replies from you and should alleviate some of your anxiety when you decide to switch off.

Step two: Do a social media stock take

“We need to stop being reactive and be conscious of outputting quality, not a speedy string of characters,” says Bennett. She recommends doing a stock take of the social media outlets you use most, and analysing how you use them.

“Grab a notepad and write down each social media site you use in order of frequency,” she says. “Then write down how, and why you use each outlet. Try to assess whether you achieve your goal for each. Ask yourself: ‘can this goal be reached sooner through a more disciplined approach?’”

Dr Demartini says the same applies to watching movies aimlessly or browsing the web without cause. “Whenever you find yourself watching TV, surfing the internet or about to answer the phone, ask yourself: ‘is this the highest priority use of my time I could be doing?’ If so, then continue. If not then get on with what inspires you and what produces the most fulfilment in your life,” he says.

Step three: Switch off notifications

“Technology can help us become incredibly productive but when we are focusing too much on the digital sphere we can get sucked in to click-bait- clicking ‘next’ on YouTube or tiring our thumbs out by endless scrolling,” says Bennett.

Switching off app notifications is an easy way to halt distraction and return the power to the user. Visit ‘Settings’ then ‘Notifications’ and deactivate any apps that trigger a desire to respond.

Bennett believes everyone works to a different natural pace, which should determine how we use notifications. “Slower-paced people can’t regain their focus as quickly and perform really well when they concentrate on one task for longer time frames. They should switch off notifications and access them only between tasks,” she says.

Step four: Make an emergency back-up plan

Make sure you let family and friends know how to reach you in case of an emergency. A good way to do this is to turn your phone on to ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode via the Notification centre. This allows calls to be screened without interruption, and lets you set important phone numbers in your phone who can call through.

Step five: Relax

Now that you’ve done a stock take of your social media accounts and switched off all distractions, use this opportunity for valuable ‘me’ time.

“It is wise to stop periodically and become centred, and inwardly ask yourself if you are truly focusing and acting upon on your most meaningful objectives and highest priorities in your personal or professional life,” says Dr Demartini.

Stop, relax and breath in the serenity!

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April 1, 2015
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