One of my main aims for the next five years is to visit as many of the major festivals Africa has to offer. From film to music and the arts to digital trends, this continent is ready to tell its story and take it to the world. Right now there’s an explosion of cultural sharing happening and out of that comes a plethora of ideas and talent.
Our continent may be rich in minerals, but we’re also rich in ideas, talent and an entrepreneurial spirit to make those ideas come to life. Yes we have our problems, as do so many other nations, but we really are blessed to be living here and be a part of this movement towards achieving more and becoming greater than we already are.
The future is mobile
By nature I’m an observer, a person who notices trends, people and ideas. So in my travels I’ve noticed a very interesting shift. Mobile devices have become our go-to source for everything relating to business and personal communication, news updates and social media. That isn’t new, but what is new is the move towards running your business from nothing other than your device.
There’s no need to pay for a business space anymore. You can schedule your meetings from your device, Skype clients when you’re out of the country, and do all of that from the comforts of a coffee shop. I know of a lot of people who are using the Gautrain more and more these days, because of traffic and traveling time from Pretoria. Let’s be honest, we can think of better things to do than to sit in traffic and be unproductive.
I’m always on the move myself. I attend a lot of events and as you know, I travel a fair amount too. So I was excited to find out that my name had been put forward to work on Lumia’s #AchieveMore campaign. Would you believe me if I told you I was working from the terrace of 54 on Bath hotel right now writing this blog post? Well proof is in the pudding… or the butter dish 🙂
I’ve been running my business and my blog using the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL phone for a couple of days now. It’s a really functional device and I’ve been pretty impressed by it’s capabilites. I can blog, listen to music and take cool pics, amongst other things. The Windows OS works really well, and is super easy to use.
I enjoyed expoloring new apps that make my life easier. One of the apps that has been really useful to me is OneNote. Like I mentioned, I am an observer by nature and a lot of the time my content stems from what I’ve seen or who I’ve encountered in any given day.
Working remotely with OneNote
So I’ve pinned the OneNote app to my home screen and whenever I need to jot something down, I just open it up and add in a sentence or two to remind me of that moment, for when I refer to it later. It’s great because a lot of the time a blog post actually comes together in this way and if I’ve taken a video or a picture to accompany it, even better. No nead to type, I just add voice notes – this is especially great for interviews. What I’ve also enjoyed about this is that if my phone is flat or I need to access these notes on the web or on my PC, the app allows me to access it across multiple devices or platforms. It allows me to maximize my time and #AchieveMore.
Ten years ago working remotely was never an option. You needed to be there in person to attend to your business. There’s merit to both sides of course, but this new way of thinking is far more productive. We hustle, we tell stories and we’re here to make our continent the greatest it can possibly be and we’re doing that using devices like the ones from Lumia. Mobile devices hey? The future indeed!
Mix Radio and HERE Maps
I’m really enjoying the offline GPS funcationality of the Lumia. All I have to do is download country maps with HERE maps, and I’m good to go. The maps work well offline without the need for data. This is especially useful for me when I’m travelling, saving me hefty roaming bills.
I’ve just discovered MixRadio app and am loving it. It basically allows me to download playlists, based on my favourite artists/ genres and play them offline, all for free. I can dowload up to 4 playlists at a time (these are small downloads), with each playlist playing for up to 3 hours. The app basically personalises mixes to suit your tastes. The more I listen, the more personal my listening experience becomes. All this for free, without annoying ads.
WIN A LUMIA and#AchieveMore!
How are you achieving more? Leave a comment below, telling me how you can #AchieveMore and how a Microsoft Lumia will get you there. The best post will win a Lumia 640 or 640XL handset.
- Please leave your name and email address so we can contact you
- Competition closes on 20 August 2015.
- Competition open to South African citizens and residents only… Good luck!