How to declutter your digital experience and think about your data privacy

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I had this piece ready roughly three weeks ago. The only thing left was to publish. I decided to run it by my friend for one last time. She came back to me with: “I reviewed your hate letter to advertising :).”

It struck me a bit as I didn’t think I was so harsh with my words or opinions. After giving it a second thought, I decided to go ahead. If for nothing else, then to encourage the conversation and make people think about:


Less screen time doesn’t mean less contact or information

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Quite frankly, I wouldn’t have enough of it. Especially now, when digital platforms are still for many of us, the only way to work, learn and stay in touch with our loved ones. They are the remaining option for us to be creative, entertained and informed.

When the world closed its borders, moving online in almost every single aspect of our lives became a ‘natural thing’ to do.

At first, I didn’t realize how much my behaviour and habits changed. From an average of ten hours, I went to being online for roughly fifteen hours a day. While trying to stay inside, the rest of my analog activities converted into their digital version. I would never believe I’d say these words, but I even managed to Skype with our dog. …


Confession on what goes on behind the closed door

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Source: Imgur

MORNING

7:15 AM. I jump out of my bed to switch off the alarm. The phone display tells me it’s the 3rd of April. I’m approaching the end of my fourth week of self-isolation, you know, since the Earth has started shutting down.

7:30 AM. As I don’t have to rush for a train, I fight the urge to nap a little longer. In my experience, a little longer might turn into an additional hour. I’d better get up and make myself some fresh coffee.

8:00 AM. Stopover in the bathroom to wash my face. I spend thirty seconds looking at myself in the mirror. So far, I haven’t started talking to the mirror nor walls, so this quarantine period is not so bad. …


Are we less willing to change than we thought?

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Source: www.gq-magazine.co.uk

A few weeks ago, I finally managed to visit my friend’s place. Her parents live in a small town in northern Germany, surrounded by nature. I couldn’t imagine a better place for a much need break from a busy city.

Unfortunately for us, it was raining cats and dogs. No fear! VR is here! My friend’s parents have recently purchased a VR set, so we couldn’t think of a better opportunity to test it.

In case you are wondering, YouTube has a whole bunch of VR content. …


And that’s okay

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So, don’t be sad that some of them did not work out. It doesn’t mean you should dismiss them. Some of your connections are just not meant to last. However, they played an essential part in shaping your personality.

Relations, like any other living organism, are a subject to evolution. They are much like us.

Are you the same person every single day of your life?

No. And so aren’t your relationships.

They evolve in line with who you were, who you are and who you wish to be.

In many cases, they are the most accurate reflection of what our real values are; how dedicated we are, how much are willing to fight for things that matter to us. …


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Last week we ‘celebrated’ World Mental Health day. How many of you did know World Mental Health day falls on the tenth of October? No worries if you didn’t.

I have to say I wouldn’t know either if I didn’t stumble upon it on my friend’s Instagram stories. If it wouldn’t be for the Instagram stories, then definitely for a sudden surge in articles related to mental health ever-increasing problems across other media channels.

Yes, ‘celebrating’ the importance of mental health is genuinely excellent. The only thing I find sad is this. As soon as the day is over, we go back to our regular lives. …


Or how to kick start your career in product management

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While running marketing campaigns for one of the world’s biggest events was certainly an adventure, nothing could prepare me for falling in love with product management. Two years ago, I got asked to create and run a campaign for our online business matchmaking platform. Even though I wasn’t part of a product & engineering team, it was amazing to learn about the process of how it all came together.

I knew I didn’t want to only talk about products, I wanted to be at the core of creation. I took some time off to think things through and….here we are, approaching my first-year review. …


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Photo by Hanson Lu on Unsplash

A few months ago, I wrote a short article about the material and mental unclutter I went through after returning from my travels.

It helped me a lot with building healthier shopping habits, pragmatic attitude towards ownership. Most of all, it helped me to get my life back on track.

Society Pressure vs. Your Will & Determination

I always thought that building a habit is the most challenging part of the whole process. As it turns out, it’s not. It’s barely the tip of the iceberg because keeping good habits is more complicated.

Think about it. The moment we step outside of our homes, it’s almost impossible to avoid being targeted by all kinds of promotional activities. Actually, I’m saying a stupid thing. …


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Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe it will be already a year since a very close friend of mine suddenly passed away. I also can’t believe I’m sitting here, enjoying a beautiful summer morning, writing these lines. It sounds a bit like an oxymoron.

A year ago, my reality looked very different. But I guess it would be the same for everyone who experienced a sudden loss.

I used to think I’m quite good at handling things on my own. And, at the very beginning of this whole new life period, where I won’t be able to talk the person I lost anymore I thought, I’ll need a few days to cry, and life will hopefully get better. …


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Similar to minimalism, mindfulness and other popular millennial terms, self-care has become a marketing term with substantial earning potential.

The other day, I was scrolling down my media feed. Instantly, an online ad for a minimalist travel bag and a self-care package popped up? Say what?

So, I started wondering. What do people associate with self-care? A calm-me-down-for-one-night-bubble-bath? Maybe good food and a glass of wine?

While a bubble bath can undoubtedly make you feel better, it won’t do the job in the long-term period. I mean, it would be a pretty expensive water bill to pay.

If you want something to work, you must be willing to invest time to learn how things work, especially how they could work for you. I’d love to believe in the osmosis where I’d put a self-care manual under my pillow (if one would exist) and wake up in the morning just doing things the right way. …

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Ada Ubrezi

Hi! I’m Ada. Product Owner by Day. Hiker, Dog Owner, Cooking & HTML/CSS enthusiast. Topics covered: mental health & digital consumption. Exploring more …

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