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Posted on July 30, 2018

How to increase productivity when working from home

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Working from home can be the ultimate test to both your focus level and motivation, so today, I’m going to share some top tips on how you can increase productivity at home.

These working from home strategies should help you stay focused and have maximum productivity outside the office because I truly believe that your home can be as productive as the office if you have the right mindset!

Whether you have a dissertation to finish or a backlog of emails, here are some sure ways to help you increase productivity outside the office 🙂

Top 5 tips for increasing work productivity at home

1. Get up early. Having an early start to the day will help get you in the right mindset to get some work done. Waking up to an alarm particularly will give you a sense of purpose for the day and prevent you from engaging in unproductive tasks like spending hours on social media or in front of the telly.

2. Have an office space. Having a designated work space will help create a breeding ground for productivity. If you’re someone who gets easily distracted at home, then find a suitable coffee shop with free WiFi and a comfortable working space. You need a place that will help stimulate a working environment for you.

3. Give yourself breaks. Give yourself a schedule lunch time and appropriate breaks during the day so that you can recharge and give yourself the energy and motivation to get through that dreaded to-do list. Scheduled break periods are very important for increasing performance in your next task.

4. Have a set schedule. A set schedule or routine is also good for your morale as it gives you a sense of actually working. Without one, things can get a bit messy and it can be hard to track your work productivity in general. You might even find your day getting away from you without actually having done anything tangible by the end of it.

5.Turn off notifications. Eliminating as many distractions as possible will help increase your chances of having a productive workday at home. That can mean turning off notifications for some and reducing white noise (such as radio/TV) for others. Whatever the case may be, turning off notifications this will help keep you focused on the days work!

Do you ever find yourself taking your work home with you? If so, I’d love to know your tips for increasing productivity at home! Tweet me @FilomenaKaguako 😉

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Posted on July 21, 2018

5 things you should know about the Huawei P20 Lite

product review

If you’re one of my loyal Instagram followers, then you would know that I have recently been made a brand ambassador for Huawei – I know, exciting times! 😀

As an ambassador for the Huawei brand, I was kindly sent a P20 Lite to mother and nurture (which essentially means I had to get rid of my beloved Samsung).

Admittedly, the initial transition from my Galaxy S6 to my P20 Lite proved to be rather tricky. But ever since I welcomed  it to my home, I have grown to love it like my old!

I transferred all my apps (except WhatsApp) to my new phone and have been using it daily ever since.  A month in and I’m now ready to report back on my newly found love for the Huawei brand, but more specifically my Huawei P20 Lite.

So without further ado, here are 5 things you should know about the Huawei P20 Lite:

1. Camera Goals

Huawei P20 Lite Review

The Huawei P20 Lite is most praised for its remarkable camera. The 16MP dual cam  (+2MP selfie camera) has unbelievable features, from pro-photo setting to shooting in pro-video mode, you can always rely on this top quality camera to capture clear, sharp and bright shots.

Unedited photo taken with my Huawei P20 Lite

One of my favourite things about taking the perfect snap with this phone is its editing capacity. The splash feature allows you to transform a colourful photo to black and white and then highlight one colour (or more) of your choosing! Case in point:

Edited using the Splash feature

Another nifty editing option is the Illusion, which allows you to blur out the background of a photo that you have already taken in order to place emphasis on your main subject.

Edited using Illusion feature

I tend not to overly edit my photos in general and I am not privy to the likes of PicsArt. So having these editing tools available on a phone are just perfect for me! 🙂

2. Super Lightweight

As much as this phone is packed with some useful features, I do think it is important to note that it is doing pretty well in the looks department too….

This stunner of a smart phone is slim, incredibly lightweight and despite having a 5.84-inch display, it feels pretty small in the hand. It has a strong metal frame with a hardened glass body giving it a lovely feel. Cherry on top? This smooth and tactile phone is suited for one hand usage!

3. Battery Life

The battery life on the Huawei P20 Lite is truly a breath of fresh air. It is the only phone I’ve ever felt confident enough to leave my house with sans charger! When I used my Samsung, I used to carry a battery pack nearly everywhere with me.

The P20 Lite on the other hand has both a power saving mode and an ultra power saving mode. The latter adds over 24 hours of battery life to the phone once it’s activated! You can literally take your phone out of a Friday and not have to worry about charging it again until Sunday morning – I think I’m festival ready! 😅

4. Maximum Security

Another stand out feature of the P20 Lite is the security settings. This handset has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor to unlock the screen. But if you ever find yourself with sticky fingers (for reasons I will not judge you for) then you can use face recognition in the front-facing camera to detect, recognise and unlock your phone instead!

Whichever you choose, both of these security options mean nobody can ever go through your phone without your physical presence. Should this improbable incident ever occur, you needn’t worry because you can keep certain files, audio, documents, photos or videos (again, no judgment) in the file safe by encrypting confidential files.

If that isn’t ultimate phone security goals then I don’t know what is! 🙂

5. Mid-range price

If you want a premium build and design phone packed with unbelievable features for an affordable price, then the Huawei P20 Lite is definitely a phone you should consider. Given all its wonderful features (which you can further explore on the Huawei website), the P20 Lite is set at a very reasonable price, yet in more ways than one it is on par with some of the other cool phones in the P20 family!

Price: It ranges from €259.99 (Three Network) to €369.00 (Harvey Norman).

Selfie camera with face beauty set on normal selfie mode. Unedited and Unfiltered.

Are you #TeamHuawei ? If so! I’d love to hear from you! Tweet me @FilomenaKaguako <3

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Posted on July 6, 2018

£5 or less – why you should shop at LOTD.COM

Fashion

I was recently introduced to LOTD.com and since then, it has been my go-to site for making last minute online purchases. While I usually plan my outfit weeks before an upcoming event, there have been times when I’ve needed to make quick decisions on what to to wear before a big celebration. Thankfully, Look Of The Day has always been there to help me with this.

Seeing that I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with this brand so far, I’ve decided to share my top 5 reasons for why you should shop at LOTD.COM or at least check out their fabulous pieces! 🙂

1. Affordable fashion

LOTD have a £5 or less collection where you can shop some of the hottest fashion trends without breaking the bank! This budget friendly collection features season essentials from dresses to bodysuits, to co-ords and more! Best part? You can find bikini sets for as little as £3 – it’s a yes from me!

2. Trendy picks

Between their festival collection and occasion wear, I doubt you will miss a single fashion trend with LOTD this summer. Think ditsy-print dresses, ripped denim jeans and tassel crop tops! If  you have to stay on the glamorous side of things because wedding bells are ringing, you can choose from their glam dress collection.

3. Decent quality

The quality of the clothes from LOTD are generally good for the most part. However, the sizing can be a hit or miss depending on the garments the buy. Ensuring your items are a good fit can be a bit of a gamble, but considering the price you pay, very little is lost if it doesn’t work out! Besides, LOTD offer FREE UK returns!

4. Fast delivery

On the upside, delivery time is incredibly fast! Standard delivery to Ireland  is said to take between 3 – 5 working days. However, anytime I’ve ordered from LOTD my parcel arrived in 2 days! Shipping cost to the Emerald Isle can be a bit of a pain simply because it can sometimes cost more than the garment itself! But if you order multiple items as I have in the past, the £5.99 shipping fee doesn’t feel too bad! 🙂

5. Value for money

Any purchase you make on LOTD.com will give you value for your money. Between the budget friendly prices, the hot fashionable picks and fast delivery, I doubt you will have any regrets shopping at LOTD.com! if you’ve already shopped here then I would love to hear from you!

Tweet me @filomenakaguako and don’t forget to tag #MyLOTD <3

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