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We’re in an era where you can’t go outside without seeing at least one person looking down at their phone as they walk, texting while they wait for the bus or train, or taking a call while they wait in a queue. Your phone contains the capacity to help you in so many dimensions of your life, but it can also be detrimental to your health (Burke, 2019). 

The body of research around how much screen time affects mental and physical health has started to grow. There is now an increased importance placed on reducing screen time, as studies show that the overuse of our devices and social media can be linked to depression, sleep problems, and a decline in productivity.

So, how can you manage your screen time and foster digital well-being?

1. Track your screen time

Monitoring how much screen time you’ve clocked and what it’s being spent on could be helpful as many people tend to underestimate the amount of time they spend on their phone. This can be done through your phone settings – go to your screen time functions. Some apps, such as Instagram, allow you to track time and disable features once the time limit is up.

2. Switch off your notifications

Our phones are designed to get our attention, so it’s hard to focus when it’s constantly buzzing, flashing, pinging or ringing from notifications. Notifications from social media apps should be disabled, or anything that is going to distract your attention from other things on a regular basis throughout the day (Burke, 2019). You’ll be able to look at your phone when you’re ready and finished with other activities (for example, on your lunch break).

3. Stop taking your phone to bed

According to a study by Harvard Health, the artificial light from our phones and laptops (aka “blue light”) is detrimental to our sleep quality (Burke, 2019). As per Harvard Health, ideally you should avoid screens at least two hours before. Time to break that late night scroll habit! 

4. Stop taking your phone to the bathroom

We all know that we end up spending more time in the bathroom when we take our phones with us, compared to when we don’t. Leave your phone outside, or even replace it with a book or magazine.

5. Switch your phone to grayscale

According to Vice, many people are reporting decreased feelings of addiction to their phones once they switch the screen visuals so that it’s in shades of grey, rather than colour (Burke, 2019). 

6. Designate screen free areas in your home, with your partner or roommate

Living with someone else makes it easier to stay off your phone, if you both have the same desire to reduce your screen time. Establish certain areas in your home where you both agree to stay off your phone. Do some cooking, gardening, art, or play cards!

Source: 

 

Burke, C., 2019. 9 Ways To Reduce Screen Time & Fight The Urge To Check Your Phone. Bustle. Available at:<https://www.bustle.com/p/9-ways-to-reduce-screen-time-fight-the-urge-to-check-your-phone-18841370> [Accessed 19 November 2020].


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Have you ever had a great idea, perhaps you’ve found a gap in the market or a solution to a problem, but the thought of bringing that idea to life has felt extremely overwhelming? This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pursue your passion.

 

Starting a business is exciting, but it can also be a challenge if you’re not sure where to start or how to bring to fruition. 

 

Below is a 10-step guide (Gregory, 2019) which may help you to evaluate your idea before taking the plunge. 

 

1. Identify a need in the market

 

Think about a niche in the market that isn’t currently being filled. Figure out what product or service should exist that isn’t currently being offered. Run 

your business idea through a validation process before you go any further.

 

2. Create a business plan

 

You need a plan in order to make your business idea a reality. This will guide your entire journey. Identify your goal and keep it foremost in your mind as you build your brand. 

 

3. Plan your finances

 

Starting a business doesn’t have to require a lot of money, but it will involve some initial investment as well as the ability to cover ongoing expenses before you breakeven and start to make profit. Put together a spreadsheet of your one-time start-up costs (licenses, insurance, trademarking), as well as what you think you will need to keep your business running for at least 12 months (rent, supplies, employee salaries).

 

4. Choose a business structure

 

The entity you choose will impact many factors from your business name, to your liability, to how you file your taxes. You may choose an initial business structure, and then re-evaluate and change your structure as your business grows and needs change.

 

5. Create a business name

 

Your business name represents your business. Think about what you want your business name to convey. Keep it short and simple, use related words in a creative way, and it needs to be easy to write and remember. Don’t forget to register your domain name once you have decided.

 

6. Get licenses and permits

 

There could be licenses and permits that may apply to your situation, depending on the type of business you are starting and where you are located. These need to be organised during the start-up process. 

 

7. Choose your accounting system

 

This is necessary in order to create and manage your budget, set your rates and prices, conduct business with others, and file your taxes. You may hire an accountant, or you may set it up yourself using accounting software (e.g., MYOB, Xero). 

 

8. Set up your business location

 

Will you have a home office, a shared or private office, a retail location, a shop front? You will need to think about your location, equipment and overall set up, to make sure your business location works for the type of business you will be doing. 

 

9. Get your team ready

 

Will you be hiring employees? Make sure you take the time to outline the positions you need to fill, and the job responsibilities that are part of each position. Are you a solopreneur? You will need your own support team comprised of a mentor, even your family, who serves as your go-to for motivation, advice, and reassurance.

 

10. Promote your business

 

This is the time for attracting clients and customers. Start by creating a unique selling proposition and a marketing plan. Then, explore as many marketing ideas as possible so you can decide how to promote your business effectively. How will you use social media? What channels will you use?

 

So, does your idea have potential, or do you need to go back to the drawing board?

Keep in mind that success does not happen overnight, but if you consistently work on your plan, you will increase your chances of success!




Source: 

 

Gregory, A., 2019. Starting A Business. [online] The Balance Small Business. Available at: <https://www.thebalancesmb.com/starting-a-small-business-4161641> [Accessed 19 November 2020].

 

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The start of 2020 had been very challenging, intense and full of uncertainties. The reality of the lives of millions of people has drastically changed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Stable and comfortable lifestyles were thrown off the rails by a series of unfortunate events. Workers who have lost their jobs were left in dire and vulnerable financial situations.

On a lighter note, a lot of those who were directly impacted by the virus have already gone through the long and winding road of recovery and are now trying to pick up the pieces and somehow learn to be accustomed to “new normality.”

How did the pandemic transform your daily routine? Were you able to adjust well during this period or are you still in the process of getting used to new ways of living? Here are the things that we may have subconsciously programmed ourselves to do just to stay safe regardless of whether restrictions are imposed or not.

  • Find alternative ways to greet rather than the conventional handshake. Waving your hand or nodding your head are other ways of showing acknowledgment.
  • When you’re always out and about, make sure you practice physical distancing.
  • Wearing a face mask in public helps keep you and other people around you safe.
  • Wash your hands with warm or cold running water for about 20 seconds. Use the World Health Organisation (WHO) technique - this can get rid of the germs on the fingertips, thumbs, palms and in between the fingers.
  • Another way to ensure proper hand hygiene is by regular hand sanitation.
  • Play a more active role in your community and think of different ways to support initiatives that can help stop the spread of the virus.
  • Practice mindfulness to be able to adapt to the new normal. Develop resilience in order to combat mental health issues.

“It takes a lot of courage to push through hard times. Never give up. Good things are coming your way.”




― Robert Tew

If you feel like giving up, give up on that feeling and give into the realisation there are endless possibilities waiting to be discovered before you.”




― Tom Althouse

 


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Are you afraid of failing? This common fear is called “atychiphobia”.

 

A lot of people worry about committing mistakes and tread the path of failure. According to the data gathered by the website knoema.com, the fear of failure rate in Australia is 47.37%.

 

The great news is that this fear can be unlearned and there are techniques that we can do to help us overcome and conquer the fear of failure. Click here to learn more about Overcoming and Conquering Your Fears.

 

If you tried to do something for the first time and you failed, It’s not the end of the world. Yes, you will be embarrassed and you will feel shame. Others may misjudge you and you may not get the support that you need to get back up after getting knocked down. Things would probably never be the same again.

 

Fears and doubts can eat away confidence and self-esteem. It’s not possible to undo what has been done but with the right mindset, you could build enough strength and determination to turn things around and make the situation better.

 

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”




― Richard Branson

 

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. 

It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”




― Denis Waitley

 

To be able to ultimately reach the success you dream of, do not avoid failure. It’s an essential part of the learning process. Think of it as a challenge, an opportunity to grow and mature. The more failures you face, the more lessons you learn, and the tougher you get! Treat them as valuable life experiences.

“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.”



― Robert T. Kiyosaki

 


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A lot of people find it too difficult to focus on one thing for a longer period of time and their concentration may be interrupted for about a period of six times or even more per hour. It seems like the most challenging thing these days is to capture one’s attention completely.

 

Distractions come in various shapes and sizes. It’s like a shadow that follows us everywhere we go. It throws us off and robs us of our productivity - it takes our eyes away from the most important tasks that need to be prioritised.

 



According to scientific research done in 2000, the average adult attention span has shrunk down to 8 seconds! Microsoft has proven this true through a report after a survey was done by thousands of participants to determine brain activity and how the mind was wired to process stimuli. The bad news is that it may continue to decrease by about 88% each year.

 

Have you noticed this happens to the people you communicate with on a daily basis? There probably would be instances when you’re speaking to someone and the other person would change the topic out of the blue or zone out, thinking about something else other than focusing on the conversation. Mind-wandering can happen and attention can be disrupted at any time especially in children or teenagers or ageing adults. If you can relate to this, there are several ways to rebuild the attention span. Here are some surefire ways on how to make you pay more attention to one thing for a sustained period:

 

Stop multitasking. Is your attention spread thin across various tasks? If your job is complex and requires more cognitive control, try to select one goal at a time, and maintain focus. This helps minimise errors and eventually leads to greater productivity.

 

Get away from interference. If distractions surround you, do not feed it any further. Turn your focus away from the non-essentials.

 

Train your brain to form better habits. Allow yourself to process information on a deeper level. The longer you focus your attention on one thing, the better your memory will become.

 

Listen to Music. According to Dr. Jim Jackson, an expert in neuropsychological functioning, “music engages the attentional regions of the brain.” Music without lyrics can be a great way to increase concentration and productivity.

 

“A shorter attention span causes shallow information processing.”




― Dr. Chen Yu

 

“The age in which we live, this non-stop distraction, is making it more impossible for the young generation to ever have curiosity or discipline... because you need to be alone to find out anything. ”




― Vivienne Westwood

 

“Togetherness has to do with focused attention. It is giving someone your undivided attention. As humans, we have a fundamental desire to connect with others. We may be in the presence of people all day long, but we do not always feel connected.”




― Gary Chapman, writer

 

 


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