By Kate Frachon

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

An interview with a successful CEO.

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.