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How To Not Be A Slave To Technology

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r-WATER-OVERFLOWING-large570 The way we work just isn’t working. Perhaps nobody knows this better than Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project and author of Be Excellent At Anything, who has built his career around transforming the way we live, work and use our energy. In our “culture of distraction,” many of us live and work with divided attention and depleted energy resources, largely thanks to the unrelenting siren song of technology and social media. Here are some sobering statistics: Two-thirds of mobile users check their phone for messages, alerts and calls even when it’s not ringing or vibrating,according to Pew research, and the average smartphone user checks their phone every six and a half minutes (that’s up to 150 times a day). A 2010 AOL survey even found that 59 percent of mobile users check their email from the bathroom. According to Schwartz, we’ve crossed the line of being able to effectively manage all of the information that’s coming at us. He likens the brain on digital overload (and working memory in particular) to an overflowing glass of water. Schwartz explains to The Huffington Post:

“It’s like having water poured into a glass continuously all day long, so whatever was there at the top has to spill out as the new water comes down. We’re constantly losing the information that’s just come in — we’re constantly replacing it, and there’s no place to hold what you’ve already gotten. It makes for a very superficial experience; you’ve only got whatever’s in your mind at the moment. And it’s hard for people to metabolize and make sense of the information because there’s so much coming at them and they’re so drawn to it. You end up feeling overwhelmed because what you have is an endless amount of facts without a way of connecting them into a meaningful story.”

In a recent New York Times op-ed, “Losing Our Way In The World,” Harvard physics professor John Edward Huth argued that the Internet may have a greater effect on our sense of meaning than we realize. He explained that an over-reliance on technology has a tendency to encourage us to isolate pieces of information without fitting them into a broader cognitive schema. “Sadly, we often atomize knowledge into pieces that don’t have a home in a larger conceptual framework,” Huth wrote. “When this happens, we surrender meaning to guardians of knowledge and it loses its personal value.” But it’s not just our personal use of technology that’s contributing to our collective “energy crisis”: It’s the “more, better, faster” work ethic that demands more of us than our energy can supply. “Volume is God,” as Schwartz puts it, and our physical energy is being undermined. And when you undermine your physical energy, it has an effect on your mental, spiritual and creative energy. “When demand exceeds what a person is able to deliver, you get sickness, less high-quality thinking, irritability and frustration, people become very survival oriented and much less likely to become reflective and relational and imaginative,” says Schwartz. “Speed and demand are probably the biggest cultural factors that have turned the workplace into an untenable place for many people to be.” Schwartz shared five of his most important tools for interacting with technology more productively, and building a work life that supports — rather than depletes — your energy. Build daily rituals. “For the things that you decide matter … the only way to ensure that things that aren’t urgent but are important happen is to build rituals,” Schwartz says. “Build highly specific behaviors that you do at precise times over and over again until you don’t have to use energy to get yourself to do it anymore — until it becomes as automatic as brushing your teeth at night.” We only have a limited amount of willpower and discipline, so the best way to prioritize what’s important to us and make sure we actually do the things we care about is to create highly specific habits (for these successful people, a daily meditation practice keeps them centered and sharp at work). “Ritualize it, so that when your email is beckoning you in its Pavlovian way and you find yourself moving toward it, you have an alternative behavior to which you’re already committed and used to,” says Schwartz. “Then it becomes what you default to instead of your email.” Take a ‘first things first’ approach to your mornings. “Do the most important thing first every day,” says Schwartz. “Ninety-five percent of people have more energy early in the morning than they do as the day wears on, and they also have fewer distractions. So if that’s the case, why wouldn’t you do the most important thing when you have the most energy?” Many successful leaders and intellectuals are big proponents of the morning ritual,super-charging their early hours with daily rituals that allow them to get the important things done first. But you don’t have to be a crack-of-dawn early riser to build a powerful morning routine — as Schwartz points out, the key is working with your own schedule and making time for what’s most important as you’re starting your day, whether it’s at 5 a.m. or 9:30. Use devices selectively. It’s no secret that 24/7 connectivity and constant digital distractions are taking a toll on our well-being — excessive reliance on technology has been shown to have detrimental effects on productivity, focus, sleep quality and mood, among othernegative health impacts. So how do we use technology in a way that won’t drive us crazy? Schwartz says that taking deliberate breaks from your devices is the only answer. “These forms of technology are as addictive as crack. Period. If you expose yourself to them continuously, they will pull you in the way a drug would –- continuously, even when you know it’s not serving you well,” he says. “If that’s the case, you’ve got to move in and out of exposing yourself to them.” Keep technological temptations away when you find yourself getting too distracted and constantly drawn in to work emails — or as Schwartz puts it: “If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t have cupcakes in the fridge.” Make time for renewal. “We’re trying to keep up with our technology — the digital flow operates at this very high speed continuously,” explains Schwartz. “Whereas we’re designed to operate rhythmically, to move between activity and rest; that’s when we’re at our best. So when you start overloading the brain with information, what’s going to happen is that the system begins to break down. You’re not going to think as well, you’re not going to think as deeply.” Taking breaks throughout the work day isn’t just a nice thought: Science supports the idea that relaxation has a positive effect on productivity and vacations improve our sense of well-being, yet more and more Americans work through their lunch breaks, weekends and vacation time. Building time to recharge into our schedules is actually essential to working at the highest possible level. “Renewal is not for slackers,” Schwartz said at The Huffington Post’s women’s conference, “The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money & Power,” last month. “Renewal is a way in which to increase your capacity to be more effective.” Be intentional with your energy. Many of us live our lives in a gray zone -– we’re not fully focused on work when we’re working, and during our leisure time, we’re not fully relaxed. This leaves us feeling distracted and depleted — not to mention more prone to being dissatisfied with our work and lives. Schwartz’s remedy? Approaching everything we do with a “fierce intentionality.” “That means that when you’re working, you’re really working; and when you’re renewing and refueling, you’re really renewing,” Schwartz said at the Third Metric conference. Spending an hour doing something doesn’t automatically mean that you’ve gotten an hour’s worth of value from doing it, he points out. Applying less than your full focus doesn’t just make you less productive; according to Schwartz, distraction keeps you from being fulfilled by and connected to your work. “Distraction is the enemy to meaning,” he says. If distraction is the enemy, then mindful awareness is the remedy. Countless studies have linked mindfulness (as cultivated through a meditative practice) with a wealth of cognitive and physical health benefits, including lower stress levels, improved focus and concentration, and greater compassion and self-knowledge. “Noticing is the first job in life,” says Schwartz, adding that being consciously aware of more, is a sort of “higher consciousness” that we can all tap into. “It’s about becoming a bigger person,” he says. “The bigger you get, the deeper you get, the wider you get, the richer the life you’re capable of having.” Huff

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Avoid These Nigerians Food To Burn Stubborn Belly Fat (Video)

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Being overweight or obese can be detrimental to your health. It is not advisable to have excess fat in the abdominal cavity because it can lead to some health issues. Getting your dream body will not be easy and you need to make some sacrifices to your diet. You will also need to turn a blind eye to some fatty foods.

If you’re ready to get rid of the belly fat, then stay put as Information Nigeria brings you some important tips that will help.

1. Avoid sugar and carbonated drinks

Did you know that consuming sugary substances like coke, fanta can lead to weight gain and a number of health problems like high blood pressure?. This is due to the high fructose content found in added sugars. Taking sugar-filled drinks may slow your metabolism and this in turn can make it harder for your body to burn fat. Fructose can only be metabolized by your liver. When you consume too much, you push your liver to its limit and it becomes overloaded, then it turns the fructose into fat and it ends up getting stored in your belly. To avoid putting yourself from risk, you should cut back on foods and drinks that contain huge amounts of sugar.

 

2. You also have to forgo junk foods like meat pie, cakes, rolls, candies, burgers, ice cream and cookies. You also need to do away with heavy foods like eba, akpu, pounded yam, rice among others. Switch up your eating habits and opt for a more balanced-diet if you want to burn your belly fat. Avoid consuming refined carbs like bread, pizza, potation chips etc. You should also stay away from processed and heavy foods because they contribute to stubborn belly fat. You should choose to eat proteinous foods like fish, eggs, and milk. starch contains fat, sugar and salt. They help a person feel fuller so you don’t end up looking for something to munch on after eating. It basically keeps hunger at bay.

3. Eat the right amount of fruits, vegetables, fibrous foods and whole grains – You can add vegetables, fruits and whole grains to your weight loss diet. They provide essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and other substances that are good for your body. Examples of fibre rich foods include; beans, broccoli, avocados, apples, oatmeal brown rice and whole grain bread.

4. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily or weekly routine – Exercise helps to speed up your metabolism and helps you shed weight. The bitter truth is that wearing just waist trainers and staying put in one position will not make you lose that stubborn belly fat. You should hit the gym.

5 Reduce alcohol intake – Excess intake of alcohol also leads to a host of health problems especially the build-up of fat in the belly area. Have you ever noticed that those who drink alcohol, especially men, often develop ‘pot-bellies’. Alcoholic drinks like beer provide your body with calories and very little nutrients. It can also increase your appetite. Replace the alcoholic drinks with water or alternate with low calorie, non-alcoholic beverages. Too much alcohol can cause liver damage and other serious health problems.

6. Try out apple cider vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is made in a two-step fermentation process. It is obtained from apples that have been crushed, distilled and fermented. Acetic acid is the main active component of apple cider vinegar. It is safe for consumption in small quantities and can be taken as a supplement. Do not also consume it straight from the bottle or in its pure form. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to water before you drink. You can also add honey or lemon. It is best to drink it before your meals. Research shows it has many health benefits, such as lowering blood sugar levels.

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Williams Uchemba And His Wife Exchange Wedding Vows In Lagos (Video)

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Williams Uchemba and his wife, Brunella Oscar

Williams Uchemba and his wife, Brunella Oscar

Popular Nigerian actor, Williams Uchemba and his wife, Brunella Oscar have officially solemnized their union.

The couple finally exchanged their wedding vows at Dominion city church in Lagos state.

The beautiful wedding ceremony was reportedly officiated by the founder of the church, Dr. David Chukwudi Ogbueli alias Papa Eagle.

Celebrities, fans and well-wishers poured in congratulatory message for the couple after photos and videos from the ceremony hit the internet.

The actor wore a sleek tuxedo, while his bride,  wore a lovely white gown.

Read Also:Actor Williams Uchemba Set To Walk Down The Aisle With Mystery Woman

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Actor, Model, Comedian, Philanthropist… Meet The Latest Groom, Williams Uchemba

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Williams Uchemba

Williams Uchemba

Williams Uchemba, who was born on October 22, is an actor, motivational speaker, model, comedian, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The Abia-born thespian graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relation from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Enugu State.

Uchemba began his career in the early 2000s as a child actor and came into the limelight in 2001 after appearing in the Nollywood blockbuster movie, “The Journey of the Dead” along with Olu Jacobs, Ramsey Noah, and Pete Edochie.

Since then, the multi-talented actor never looked back as he has gone ahead to feature in more blockbuster movies like Sugar Rush (2019), Merry Men 2(2019) and Story Story: The African Rideshare (2018). He is the recipient of several awards.

The actor adopted an 18-year-old furniture maker in June and he promised to sponsor his education. He recently got married to his longtime girlfriend, Brunella Oscar at her hometown, Alor in Anambra state. The actor’s wife, Brunella opened up on their love story with Wedding Digest Naija and she disclosed that she made the first move. According to the English trained medical doctor, they both met on Facebook after she sent him a message.

 

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