How do you #AchieveMore? With Microsoft Lumia

How do you #AchieveMore? – Microsoft Lumia Wants to Know


Microsoft Lumia set me a challenge to #AchieveMore on my travels as a food and culture writer, so I made a quick Skype Qik video to friends sharing a few ways I’m streamlining what I take, and working more on a single device. Scroll down and ENTER the competition to WIN a Lumia 640 or 640 XL

My work and my interests have taken me far and wide, and the more I travel, the larger my own world becomes, and the harder the challenge of maintaining office and home while on the go. It always helps, of course, that in every destination, no matter how poor or isolated from the general tourists, there are folks who want to share their stories, and most often, there is a delicious meal to enjoy too.

Maki makes breafast, Sahara, Tunisia, May 2015

Maki makes breafast, Sahara, Tunisia, May 2015

My struggle has long stopped being “What will I wear?”, though that does trip me up slightly every time I book at a particularly fancy restaurant, the ones with the stars and servers with LA-approved pearly whites. The desert-friendly loose pants and shirts just don’t cut it. Instead, when asking what I should pack, I invariably mean: what can I safely leave behind this time? When I travel, I’m taking a wardrobe that needs to easily adapt to various countries and climates and social norms, a comprehensive medical kit, and a freelancer’s mobile office. I’m usually working on existing commissions and documenting day-to-day travel either for instant reporting or for future stories. That amounts to a lot of chargers, batteries, lenses, bags and gear. It’s tough being away from a desk full of reference materials too, and let’s be honest: a half-decent and stable work surface.

So when I was asked to be part of Microsoft’s #AchieveMore campaign (How do you #AchieveMore? With Microsoft Lumia) I felt like it spoke directly to what I am currently trying (and not always succeeding) at accomplishing. To achieve more, within the constraints of short work nights after exhausting days on the road, to do it efficiently and without having to lug several superfluous devices from airport to airport, train and cab. On my last trip, I was away for just over 14 weeks. The tools of my trade depend on note-taking, voice recordings, research, tonnes of fact-checking and reading. If one device could take a whack of those jobs on – including a proper and reliable word processor, I had to check it out, right?  

The team at Microsoft Lumia South Africa offered me a Lumia device to document the day-to-day running of Unfortunately for many of the people I adore, and for current and potential work clients, I’m not always in the country for face-to-face meetings. I’ve used Skype on other phones, sure. This is the first time I’ve seen Skype ready and set-up on the main screen from the get-go. The first thing I did was to log in and call my mother, actually. I would have liked to see her beautiful smile (the video function works brilliantly on the Lumia), but she’s yet to in stall Skype on her end. Also, she has a crusty phone with limited video recording ability. I’ve noted it down for my “things-to-sort-out” list when we visit my folks at the end of the year. (Sigh. Now, my longing to see my Ma is that much stronger.)

Lumia 640 XL - image from web

Lumia 640 XL – image from web

I’ll always remain a fan of a laptop – it’s the primary tool of the craft, but the larger screen of the Lumia 640 XL is extremely easy to navigate, and even to read on for a length of time. In fact I can see it replacing another favourite (heavier) device to read the few chapters I usually do every night just before I fall asleep.

Unlikely bedfellows, but, this is 2015, innit?

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YOU CAN WIN A LUMIA 640 OR 640 XL (depends on stock availability). How? Leave a comment below about how you plan to #AchieveMore with the device.


  • Use the hashtag #AchieveMore in your answer explaining how a Microsoft Lumia will get you there. It doesn’t have to be about work – inspire us with your unique challenges. Be creative, do a little research. Keep it short.
  • Competition open to South African citizens and residents living in the country only.
  • Competition closes Wednesday, 29 July 2015
  • Please leave your email address, and your full name, and ensure you are contactable. You will not be placed on a mailing list or receive any spam from this site. I’m too busy for extra admin, promise!
  • The winner will be chosen by Microsoft Lumia representatives who will contact you directly.
  • Only one entry per person. Good luck!

DISCLAIMER: Microsoft Lumia offered me the device and a challenge to see if it could streamline my mobile office. I accepted and will be remunerated. As you know, if it was rubbish, I would have marched away. Editorial is my own, as are the opinions expressed here….




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By |2017-04-05T14:28:14+00:00July 24th, 2015|Food & Fab Endorsed, Giveaway, Video|15 Comments


  1. Katlego July 24, 2015 at 10:32 am - Reply

    A Microsoft Lumia will help me #AchieveMore by bringing the Microsoft ecosystem to my pocket. From being able to access my documents on the go using onedrive, chat with my friends via Skype from anywhere I am and most importantly, by being able to use the same features I get from my Windows 8.1 laptop on my phone, I can get things done quicker and efficiently. In a world where time is important, being able to do that gives you the edge to achieve more.

  2. Kgosi July 24, 2015 at 10:33 am - Reply

    I would #AchieveMore with the Lumia 640 XL by using to take photos unity, photos of love, photos of the beautiful land we love and live in and share them with others so that they can also be inspired.

    I will #AchieveMore also by sharing experiences, knowledge and wisdom using the many apps found on the store such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

    I will #AchieveMore with the 640 XL by adding value to others’ lives.

  3. Verushka Ramasami July 27, 2015 at 10:12 am - Reply

    #AchieveMore just the hashtag is enough to catch my attention.As a tech lover who is always on the juggling more that I often can believe I need a device that can #AchieveMore and streamline the number of gadgets and cords I carry around.As a blogger ,I am always taking pictures ,writing draft posts so to be able to #AchieveMore to up my game would be awesome.I want to try my hand at vlogging and believe this device would defo let me #AchieveMore.

  4. gidi July 27, 2015 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    #archievemore, lumia my dream smartphone will enable me archieve alot, bring the dreams into reality.i love it, #archievemore

  5. Nobuhle Pearl Tshukwa July 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    #achieve more ,I like to take pictures with my family and frame them to show happy memories

  6. Tate Gerber July 27, 2015 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    There’s so many ways to #AchieveMore with Nokia Lumia. The fact that is runs on a Windows operating system merely scrapes the barrel. I’ll be connected to all my Windows devices at once through OneDrive. See something nice I want to buy? Add it to the Word document I was writing on my PC. Every beautiful Cape Town scene can be captured with the amazing camera and easily edited to my liking. Not to mention the user-friendly interface that works like a dream, allowing me access and advice to everyday items. There’s no way I could achieve less with Nokia Lumia 🙂

  7. DBNGamers July 28, 2015 at 11:58 am - Reply

    I will #AchieveMore with the Lumia 640 XL in organizing our local gaming community events in Durban with this amazing phone, with emailing sponsors, getting the word out, and making sure everything runs smoothly. Share info among members of the team via OneDrive and when I get some time, play a game here and there.

  8. Moses July 28, 2015 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    #AchieveMore with Lumia 640 XL would be a nice experience. tracking my activities at the gym while working out or maybe taking a jog. staying healthy is good with Lumia 640 XL fitness tracking app. i cannot wait holding that Lumia 640 XL jogging with it.

  9. Lesego Mosenthal July 28, 2015 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    How do I #AchieveMore? With MicrosoftLumia I will have 30GB of free OneDrive storage and a one-year subscription to Office 365, as I work from home. That will mean that I will declutter my desk.

    I have an autistic son – the reason I work from home, and have to be in constant contact with him via phone and video when I’m not around. The 8GB of internal storage and the up to 128GB of MicroSD card will make sure I have enough storage to keep the little man busy by watching pics made through Lumia Storyteller and videos while I’m busy with something that’s not work related.

    It’s easy to operate with both the right&left hands and it is not as cluttered as its previous mates. An ideal tool that can be used by both him & I. Whether it’s work or play.

    That’s how.

    • Ishay July 31, 2015 at 9:21 am - Reply

      Congratulations Lesego! Lumia will be in touch directly to deliver your prize. We wish you the best with your businesss as you run it from home with your family, and do send us some images taken with your Lumia when you have a moment. Best, Ishay

  10. Mathew July 28, 2015 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    I am always on the move and love taking pictures everywhere I go and the Lumia 640/ 640XL with its Rich Capture i will be able to get the best out of my shots and #AchieveMore

  11. Liezel Wakens July 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    i think ill #AchieveMore with the Nokia Lumia 640, between college and work and lets not forget blogging! i am always on the go so a device that will keep tabs on everything is just what i need. Social media is a big deal to me, i use Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and Whatsapp for calling mostly. i even blog from my current Lumia 520. id say this would be a great upgrade.

  12. Peter July 28, 2015 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    #AchieveMore with Microsoft Lumia 640. My current set up is a small 4 inch screen phone, fine for messaging and phone calls but not ideal when dealing with spreadsheets and other documents. The Microsoft Lumia 640 would allow me to be truly mobile, not checking one device and then having to use another to retrieve more info or make amendments on the go. OneDrive and Office 365 wraps everything together and makes this the perfect on the go device for me.

  13. Kiran Timol July 28, 2015 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    #Microsoft #Lumia helps me #AchieveMore by capturing the memories of my family and my daily experience. It also help me through my day to day work experience through the #Microsoft #Office app. It keeps me entertained with the #Xbox games app with a wide variety of games. All in all #Windowsphone is a better experience.

  14. Lesego Mosenthal August 4, 2015 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much, Ishay.

    I will definitely make use of the device to the fullest of its capabilities. My son is gonna enjoy it too, I know.

    You guys are rockstars

    Thanks, once again.


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