Hello Young Professionals,

How are you doing and what have you been up to?

I’ll go first. I’m fine. We’re on a lock down in my city to prevent the spread of the pandemic, and I have been working from home. The first week was quite tough and I hardly did anything productive. As we approached the next week, I learnt a few tips that helped and I will like to share with you.

So here are some of the things I have been up to. Apart from sleeping, cooking a lot more, praying and catching up with my friends and family over the phone, I have been keeping busy by writing, consulting for clients, facilitating webinars, attending other webinars and learning a lot. I finally hosted the premiere episode of the LinkedIn Series with Temi Popoola on the 11th of April. It was such an honour to train participants from different states in Nigeria, U.S.A, U.K, Netherlands and so on, through the webinar. I’m now preparing for some virtual speaking engagements and I might just write a book soon.

A few weeks back, I got an invitation from the host of RubbinMindsPlus, Desmond Ebuwa Ekunwe to talk about How To Stay Productive At Home on the show. Here are a few things practical tips that I shared and some extra information:

1. Set daily goals: Everyday, write down what you want to achieve and tick them off the list when you do them. Break your weekly or monthly goals into daily targets so that you don’t end up procastinating till the end of the month. You can get all the rest and fun that you want when you meet the targets for the day. Does this sounds like something you can do?

2. Have realistic goals: You want to make plans that you will follow through. Working for 21 hours daily may not be realistic. Take a break during work to stretch your legs, eat and rest.

3. Strengthen your relationships: You could schedule a virtual meeting with mentors and colleagues and talk about your ideas. Connect with people to find out how they are doing. Be kind to people online too.

4. Build your knowledge and skills: Do you love to bake? Bake. You like to compose songs? Go ahead, You want to volunteer with organisations? Sign up. Take advantage of webinars to acquire knowledge. I’m hosting a free webinar on public speaking soon. You might want to look out for that.

5. Create structures that help you stay productive: An alarm clock would do a lot of good. Do you have people who you can stay accountable to and would be on your neck until you achieve your goals? Call them. A designated work space in your house (nothing fancy) could also help you stay away from your bed during working hours.

6. Rest- When COVID-19 becomes history and your stay-at-home time begins to pay off, you may end up wishing for some time to rest. Rest, eat and stay healthy now.

I stopped at No 6, and I’m passing the baton to you, Share your practical tips in the comment section. I’m sure I can learn something from you. Tell me what has been working for you and maybe, what hasn’t.

 

Temi popoola

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