How do you like to cook? Are you one of those people that believe that there’s a different taste when the pepper for stew is ground with hand stones rather than when it’s blended with a blender?
Or are you one of those cooks who believe that ‘sweat and human moisture’ is a secret ingredient for good pounded yam- as far as you’re concerned, machine-made-pounded yam is a heresy!
Did you know that a wooden stick placed on a boiling pot of water won’t allow the foam bristle over?
Whichever side of the divide you are, here are some productivity tips as you get set for your week ahead.
1. Get a to-do list.
Write a to-do list on your notes as you take your final resting position. You have a 75 percent more chance to achieve whatever you write down. As you lay to rest for the night, write or (type on your phone) down a list of all the activities you would like to get to through the following days. This would not only give you a clear sense of direction, when you achieve it and tick it off the list, you’ll have a shot of adrenaline to empower you to complete the rest.
2. Get breakfast before 8:00am.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. With breakfast sorted, your brain psychologically believes that you are strong enough to get your schedule done. Get a water bottle. Plan to stay hydrated throughout the week. Your health and wellbeing are really important.
3. Schedule time to turn off your data
Sometimes our phones can be a distraction, but deliberately scheduling time to turn off your internet connection can be a great boost at strategic points in your week.
Give people and activities the gift of your absolute presence.
It could be a time to cuddle with your spouse, or picking up that book that you haven’t gotten past a chapter, or taking that 30 minute walk that would move you towards your fitness goals or playing with the kids. Or if you are like me, checking up on that neighbor, or finally tidying up that part of your house that you’ve always been meaning to.
Scheduling an hour off your internet connection means you aren’t expecting any messages at that time, but your phone number is still reachable for any urgent communication.
You may also consider turning your phone face down when you are having conversations with friends.
4. Commit your ways to God.
Finally, remember that list you wrote down as you lay to sleep? Wouldn’t that be a nice time to say a word of prayer and commit them to God?
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.1 Peter 5:7 NLT
God invites us to invite him into our world.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NLT
Have a productive week ahead!
Akinbowale leads the Career and Business Peoples Forum at Sycamore.