June 7, 2018

Helen Adeosun, CEO of CareAcademy, Answers “What’s In Your Planner?”

Our continuing interview series on how successful women get things done.

Tell us who you are and what you do.

My name is Helen Adeosun and I am the CEO of CareAcademy, we provide online professional development to caregivers of older adults. CareAcademy began as a labor of love to provide the resources that I wanted to have as a caregiver. After my graduation from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, I started the company and we’ve grown to my co-founders and 9 full time staff.

What has been the proudest moment of your career?

Meeting caregivers that have taken our training and hearing their feedback and how appreciative they are. Having been a caregiver that is always the best feeling.

What makes you feel confident or successful?

Being able to commit to something and seeing it completed. I am a woman of faith and sometimes that gets hard so the Bible quote that I live by when things get hard Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I love this verse because its a reminder there’s a greater plan.

What career advice would you give to your younger self?

“Don’t get in your way”. There were so many times where I may have inadvertently talked or walked away from opportunities because I got in my way. Sometime in my late twenties I promised myself not to discount my value or get in my way.

What’s one of your favorite techniques for getting things done?

Make a list every day that is short and actionable. At the end of the week, pray, reflect, and connect with the reasons you need to get things done.

If you keep a planner, what does an average day look like? Or, how do you plan productive days?

I have an Ink+Volt that a colleague bought me for Christmas. I have to resist the urge to plan too much! I shoot for three things that I will accomplish daily. That discipline makes for more productive days.

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Be grateful. Gratitude is very powerful and I often find that when I take a moment to be grateful, it puts me in a better place to move forward and to help others be more powerful.

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