Time management is one concept people tend to take for granted. Your life itself is a project, Why? You have a time frame; a time of birth and time you will die. It is nothing personal, that’s the way nature works.
At your workplace, what value do you add to the company? As a person, what value do you add to your life? How open are you to learning new things and taking up new challenges? How do you embrace change? What effect do you have on clients? How do you impact on co-workers?
To be successful in any project, time is important. Time will determine if you spend more on cost or less.
Being open to learning is a vital tool for anyone willing to adapt to change. Never say never, Time is limitless and so is the human mind. Nothing is impossible, therefore, use your time well.
Working from home has its implications and can be multifaceted like every decision we embark on. On the one hand, working from home enables the employee to manage time and spend more of it with family, creating a balanced life. On the other hand, it can become boring. From the perspective of the employer, it can save cost in the long-run of office space or extra expenses for location change of the employee, while contrary to the benefit of cost-saving, the employer can not tell what the employee is doing or if they are on track with the assignment given. Today’s technology has provided the opportunity to benefit in a world of ever-changing flux. If you or your firm do not adapt to the changes, you may cease to exist as change is the only constant. I, therefore, present 5 golden benefits of the home office.
Reduced Micromanaging: If you employ someone to do a job, let the person deliver on the assignment. Of course, you as an employer can expect updates on the progress report, the employee is bound to fill you in with updates and seek advice and information on matters that can lead to success in the implementation of assigned jobs or duties.
Higher productivity: with the feeling of responsibility comes high productivity. Depending on what perspective you look at, the productivity rate is increased when each party (employer, employee, clients, stakeholders, etc) know what is expected of them. With the reduction of asymmetric information comes increased productivity as employees can effectively execute the job remotely or at home with available resources – in this case, technology.
Time Management: A very important aspect of life is how you manage your time. Proper planning can improve home office success as you can allocate time for research, calls, meetings, appointments (teleconference or video-conference), care for the home-especially family time as children if applicable need attention too. Family time increases the likelihood of a balanced life as well as reduces stress in some cases.
Increase in vital communication: As I mentioned above, communication can take various forms such as teleconferencing, video conferencing, chats/texts to improve work processes. The home office reduces the number of chitchats we would have as compared in the office setting.
Geographic Limitation is removed: A company can employ staff from around the world/globe who do not need to travel from their location, thereby reducing relocation costs and saving money for the company. From an employee perspective, the employee can relax in his or her comfort zone and focus on work. Less travel time (save time), reduced rush hours and traffic on the roads or in trains, the environment gains with less pollution from public and private transportation systems as people reduce their carbon footprints.
However, one very important negative impact of home office that should be avoided at all costs is ISOLATION. Since humans are social beings and not computers, too long isolation can lead to a negative effect on health. A balance of human contact and connection is necessary (I do not mean social media). For example, go for a run, or a walk, take in the sunlight and fresh air, drop your gadgets, and talk to someone else in person.
Working from home is a great opportunity to manage your time and succeed in any aspect of life if the advantages are properly utilized.
Please kindly ignore a recent noise from BBC pidgin and co, accusing age-long dietary measures, that has salvaged many life’s from untimely death since time immemorial…
Garlics, Beets, Apples, Carrots, and English Pears are of the Pectin class. Pectins and Gums are included among Glycoproteins which are a major constituent of INTERFERONS found in the T-cells.
They are found in Non-specific immune responses in the body, hence they “interfere” with and destroy virus growth in the body.
They help build Immunity by destroying pathogenic growths in the body…
What about Ginger and Tumeric? Two powerful Antioxidants, enriched with Anti-inflammatory properties. They stop inflammations from viral and bacterial infections.
No wonder, Viral growths are no match to a combination of GARLIC, Tumeric, Ginger, and Black seeds… Stay Safe Friends!
NB: Now, should you take too much Garlic simply because it is highly medicinal? No! Measure is everything, even too much of a good thing is injurious… Therefore, avoid excess intakes of these herbs, fruits, and spices.
Dosage: Take 4g (1 or 2 cloves) of Garlic per day, if in powdered form, 300mg of dried garlic is okay and about 7.2g of aged garlic if in extract form, per day is okay.
At this Covid 19 outbreak, if u feel mild symptoms, You may empower your immunity by combining it with Tumeric and ginger in moderate quantity, 2spoonful of all in a cup of Black seed tea/ Honey… and you are good to go!
If you are going for surgery or on any anticoagulants, reduce garlic intakes drastically because of its blood-thinning and antithrombotic effects.
“The greatest medicine of all is to teach people how not to need it”
‘An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”
To start with, what is the Immune System? The immune system is a network of Organs, Tissue, Cells, and Secretions that protect the body from foreign organisms (pathogens) such as Bacteria, Viruses, Parasites, Fungi and Toxins.
The Immune system includes two basic types:
The Innate Immune System
The Acquired Immune System
The innate immune system is present from birth, It is the 1st barrier of the body’s protection against Antigens, It comprises of one, the Physical barriers like the Skin, which secrets Sebaceous glands that secrets sebum. This sebum is antiseptic in nature and destroys specific pathogens like bacteria and toxins, preventing them from entering the bloodstream, same goes to the mucous membrane that lines the orifices of the body, I mean openings from inside the body to the outside; they include the Nostrils, the ears, the mouth, and the genital openings.
Secondly, the innate immune system also comprises of Chemical secretions such as HCL in the stomach, Acidic urine in the urinary tract, Tears in the eyes, Saliva in the mouth which is rich in Lysosomes, with strong antibacterial, antiseptic nature that is volatile against some toxins and pathogens that the body senses as harmful. Thirdly, we have Physiological barriers, which come as Fever, growths, tumors, Pus from injuries etc.
Now, the innate immune system is limited in ability to recognize Antigens (Antigens are pathogens that previously attacked the body system with infections and diseases). On the other hand, the Acquired Immunity initiated by a recognition of a specific Antigen, it is acquired over a person’s lifetime. This type of immunity is LIMITED in Babies and Infants, hence Nutrition experts recommend more breastfeeding because Human milk has a high concentration of Microbiota and probiotics which has great protective immune components e.g. Immunoglobulins, Lactoferrin, etc.
All these secretions are strategic barriers that the body puts up to fight off external harmful agents from coming in and damaging the body. Some are signals that the white blood cells and Antibodies which include the Neutrophils, Macrophages and of cause the T and B cell, are fighting major infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi and other pathogens from the body.
In concise conclusion, the immune system can be likened to a Castle with 3 mechanisms of defense, 1st Floor are the Gatemen (Physical & Chemical barriers) of the Skin and Orifices of the body, 2ND Floor is the Sentries & Archers of Neutrophils, Macrophages and Physiologic barriers. The 3rd floor is Soldiers of B and T cells which chiefly engulf and destroy viruses in the body. IF THE VIRUS GETS PAST THE 1st, 2nd & 3rd BARRIERS INTO THE BODY; THE LINES OF DEFENCE ARE BREACHED & WE THEREFORE FALL SICK.
What role does Nutrition play in Immunity and Viral/ Pathogenic infections prevention generally?
First, it is good to note that Nutrition is important in Maintaining both Acquired and Innate immunity, Secondly, NUTRITION DEFICIENCY CAN SUPPRESS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM’S ABILITY TO PREVENT INFECTIONS & DISEASES!!!
Nutrition deficiency which could also be termed as Malnutrition is a cellular imbalance or state of deficiency of Nutrients & Energy sufficient for the body’s demand for growth, maintenance and specific functions which leads to adverse effects on the body tissue. Malnutrition results in reduced production of immune cells, MALNUTRITION RESULTS IN A BREAKDOWN OF THE BODY’S BARRIERS TO ANTIGENS, THIS INCREASES SUSCEPTIBILITY TO INFECTIONS, DISEASES, AND DEATH.
Malnutrition could be under-nutrition or over-nutrition, even though over years, Malnutrition has been known more as Undernutrition of Kwashiorkor, PEM, Edema, Cachexia, Oral changes and Skin changes. But Over-nutrition can be injurious too, as a person could also be Obese, Overweight or be suffering from Nutrient toxicity or micronutrient deficiency. Fact is, a wealthy person with enough wherewithal for food can yet suffer from a macro or micronutrient deficiency because they consume Quantity and not Quality!
The following are the Nutrient needs for stronger Immunity, they include:
The relevance cannot be underestimated, Proteins are a chief constituent of Muscles, Organs and the Endocrine. All body fluids except bile and urine contain proteins. All antibodies, which are necessary for antibodies are proteins by nature. REMEMBER, RESISTANCE TO DISEASES IS AN IMMUNOLOGICAL RESPONSE.
Example; Animal proteins such as Lean meat, Egg, Fish, Poultry and Plant proteins like Legumes and Pulses such as Beans, Peas, Lentils, runner beans, green peas, and Nuts.
Note that the more fats on a protein, the less the protein value of the protein. Also, the plant proteins (incomplete proteins) can be upgraded to a high biological value by adding Animal proteins to it e.g. spice up beans with crayfish/ fish. This increases the biological impact of proteins on the body tissues.
These ones promote protein synthesis and immune responses, they include Arginine and Glutamine. They maintain intestinal mucosal integrity and prevent pathogens from entering the blood stream. Examples include Omega 3 and Omega 6 mono & polyunsaturated fatty acids found;
Extra virgin olive oil (which is good for salads, sauté and low heat cooking), Salmon, Mackerel, Herrings, Titus fishes. Omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acid is present in Canola Oil, Soy Oil and Nuts like Almond nuts, Cashew nuts, and Walnuts. NUTRIENT FORMULAS AND SUPPLEMENT CAN GIVE OMEGA 3 ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S A MAJOR NUTRIENT NEED.
Interferons are naturally occurring Glycoproteins found in T-cells.
They are found in Non-specific immune responses, THEY INTERFERE WITH AND STOP VIRAL GROWTH. Glycoproteins include Pectin and Gums which is chiefly found in foods like Apple, Pear, Citrus, Garlic, Carrots, Tomatoes. Whole grains like Oats, Whole wheat, Brown rice, Red wine are also a good source. RIPE FRUITS HAVE MORE GLYCOPROTEINS THAN UNRIPE FRUITS.
4. MICRONUTRIENT DEFICIENCY
It is possible to be more concerned about a balanced diet, about macronutrients such as Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats, Fiber, Vitamins and Minerals that we lose focus on the smaller or Micronutrient such as Zinc, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Sodium to mention a few.
The essence of the nutrients as minute as they can be, cannot be underestimated in enabling a strong immune system. Zinc is known for its strong Prostate health-boosting, Iron helps in blood hemoglobin levels and Potassium is strong support for hypertensive patients. Micronutrients are seen in Seafood like Prawns, Snails, all forms of Crayfishes, Shrimp and Mushrooms.
5. VITAMIN C
Vitamin C like the other Vitamins and Minerals are not to be relegated factors that guard the body and improve immunity. Vitamin C is potent in its contribution, converting Cholesterol to bile, it helps in Collagen synthesis which is critical to bone repair, blood vessels and wound healings. It helps in Iron Absorption (non-heme iron).
Now in this context, it improves immune functions because WHITE BLOOD CELLS CONTAIN THE HIGHEST VIT C IN ALL THE BODY CONSTITUENT. This may protect against OXIDATIVE STRESS associated with Cellular Respiration. Little wonder Vitamin C IS VALIDATED MEDICATION FOR COMMON COLDS AND RESPIRATORY ISSUES. Examples include Pawpaw, Pepper, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Green leafy vegetables, Broccoli, Lemons, and Citrus family generally.
Note that Vitamin C can be easily lost in processing and cooking to about 40% of it, Athletes and Smokers have a higher requirement (About 35mg/day is needed, as they lose it to increased Oxidative stress), Women also using Contraceptives require higher Vitamin C. Men need 95mg/day of Ascorbic acid and Women need about 75mg/day.
6. VITAMIN A
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, it occurs as Preformed retinoids and Provitamin A carotenoids.
As early as the 1920s, researchers have recognized that Vitamin A (mostly as Retinoic acid) was important for immune system functions. They observed that INCIDENCE FOR INFECTION WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SYMPTOMS OF VIT A DEFICIENCY. Many studies have shown that Vitamin A deficient individuals have a greater susceptibility to illness and Infection. This may be in part because Vitamin A helps maintain the Epithelium, A BARRIER THAT PROTECTS THE BODY AGAINST ENTRY OF DISEASE PATHOGENS.
Vitamin A supplementation has been shown to reduce the severity of some Infections, 900microgram and 700microgram is the RDA for men and women respectively. Kidney disease increases Vitamin A toxicity because the body flushes excess of the vitamin through the urine. But in a diseased Kidney, the urinary route is compromised.
Examples of Food rich in Vitamin A include Liver, which is still one of the greatest sources, Fortified milk, Orange colored fruits like Carrots, Plum, Strawberries, and Orange, Red, plus Dark Green Vegetables.
In conclusion, the immune system is a complex network that guards the body against viruses and all forms of pathogens and Nutrition is a strong factor that enhances the effort of the immune system. Nutrition is more result prone as Preventive Medicine rather than Curative Medicine; hence it is advised that a Lifestyle of Good and Adequate Diet, Timely Rest and Quality Exercise should be a lifestyle imbibed by all on day to day basis, and essentially at this period of Covid19 outbreak.
Talent Mine is a project in Nigeria where out-of-school children are offered free-tuition school. A basic education center to bridge the gap that exists. We currently have 26 children between the ages 3 and 16 whose parents are unable to pay for their school and the number is growing as they see the gains in mentorship and we have experienced a huge mind-shift with these kids as they have the opportunity to make better-informed decisions and add value to the world in their own capacity.
Through our on-going crowdfunding, we provide the basics to make the education process interesting. The first pay-out was used to purchase schoolbags for the children. You need to see the joy on their faces. We say thank you to those who have donated and request others to also donate.
We are happy to recieve your used laptops, tablets and old smart phones to teach and link the children to online training platforms like Afrolynk and others who wish to come on board, to enable them partake in the wealth of knowledge.
we will keep you informed of the every progress. In the main time, stay safe and healthy!
Below is a video of the children in a joyful mood. You too can add smiles on others, no matter how little.
Aramide Akintimehin@_aralola is building future leaders doing just that and in a special way too. She created a Free-tuition school for out-of-school children in Nigeria. She is the founder of Talent Mine Academy which provides basic education for children whose parents are unable to afford school fees.
In Nigeria, there are more than 10.2 – 13.2 million out-of-school children (UBEC Report). These children are from low-income communities of the country.
In order to reduce the number of out-of-school children, and to give these children a chance to basic education, Aramide is giving her time to educate them on Saturdays. The children are eager to learn and she is ready to teach, providing the basic education they require to improve their chances for a better future.
According to Aramide, education should be less of a mechanical or industrial process and more of engaging with human curiosity, imagination, and creativity.
Talent Mine Academy (TMA) is a free-tuition school that focuses on life skills, digital skills, basic numeracy, and mentorship programs. The aim of Talent Mine Academy is to provide quality and inclusive education to out-of-school children in low-income communities, with hopes to close the gap that exists in our current education system. To grow this initiative, more volunteers, collaborators, and facilitators are required to enable these children to become better versions of themselves. People learn better with ease when they have mentors to guide them, and so far we have had volunteers come to mentor these children, we are indeed grateful.
“The child that was once identified as a dullard, slow learner and one having ‘spiritual issues’ is now one of the most confident pupils in my classroom and also one of the teaching assistants in class just because he had a teacher who paid attention to his learning needs and most importantly believed in him. I believe every child; if given the right combination of tools, love, support, attention, and motivation can thrive in this dynamic world.” – Aramide Akintimehin
Below is a video from League of extraordinary Nigerians about Aramide’s story detailing her experience and success stories. To enable Talent Mine Academy (TMA) acquire stationaries, laptops, different furniture and other equipment to boost the learning experience of the students, donations will be appreciated.
As we know, the best way to predict the future is to create it.
Do you realise that you can achieve more, when you do not limit yourself?
Here is a Medical doctor who shows us that there is more to life than living a routine. His name is Dr. Gbadamosi Adefemi popularly known through his art work as Fola David.
Like every Nigerian parent, his parent made sure he went to school and focused on becoming a medical doctor. While at medical school, he found out his talent in drawing and dived into it, continously practicing and attending shows to boost his skills.
You can be a project manager, a HR personnel or manager, an accountant, a Tech wiz, a Sales personnel, and so on, in any company and still have a passion for something entirely different from your job. It could be a hidden talent, you need to find out by hannessing that skill, perhaps it could add some joy to your life (Monitizing your passion or build a business) or you can use it to help people around you (a solution to a problem).
Never limit yourself by allowing anyone to limit or define you. Take the lead and show the world the greatness within you.
Below is a video of Fola David the Artist and Doctor.
If you don’t move or take a step, you may not see the opportunity around the corner.
It is always better to take action than do nothing. You are responsible for your actions which make up 90% of what happens to you in life.
As the year 2019 comes to an end, I am grateful for the opportunity given me to serve and open to better opportunities to offer more services in the coming year. The best way to learn is by doing, therefore, I urge you to learn a new skill on the job or on your own and improve yourself.
Show appreciation and be openminded. Take time to think through any situation or problem. Think before you act, there are various ways to analyze and solve a problem. The craziest idea may be the best solution. Do your research and take calculated risks.
Looking forward to more opportunities, cooperation and partnerships in 2020. Enjoy the holidays and a joyous New Year.
The power to choose is yours for the taking, although a lot of people are governed by fear and let others decide for them. When you do that, you let yourself down because you are the only one who can decide right for yourself.
A positive mind is open to possibilities, and it is the bedrock for success. Positive thinking allows you see what others don’t see.
Imagine a situation where business ideas are discussed, SWOT analysis is done. It does not matter if it is over tea, beer, coffee or in a conference room. What matters is, the potential of creative ideas that can generate wealth is discussed.
When I notice negative people, I can tell, simply because as humans we are spiritual beings. what I do in such times is to cut off from them, since negative energy can become toxic, and it takes a lot of energy to correct someone who is negative minded.
Humans are more connected than IoT (Internet of Things). You can only feel it if you are connected with yourself first. A lot of people are just existing and not living. Sometimes, you need to drop your phones and gadgets and feel the environment to connect. We have energy all around us.
Deep in you, lies the power to connect to the universe. Do you want to change your job? Search and you will find what you want. You want to change your life, change how you think and things will fall in place. It takes displine to understand oneself, and when you do, nothing is impossible. Be creative, you are here for a reason. Dare to do more and impress yourself.