Depending on when you’re reading this, I’m probably at the gym working out while having fun, or in a meeting with communities, policymakers, or stakeholders in my field, giving a presentation about data, environment, or sustainable development, writing some python codes, creating visualizations for data storytelling using PowerBI, learning advanced data governance, reading books, or somewhere else writing something!
As one of the biggest fans of “Psychoneuromotors Activity” which means literally always writing down what you want to do or achieve within a day, week, month, or year using pen and paper despite the advent of sophisticated technologies that can help you do that in just seconds, I so much enjoy how my days are spent doing the activities above, especially now that I am more committed to and an advocate of “Deep Work” and running away from “Shallow Work” as much as possible. This helps me to maximize my time and be productive during the day, which means more rest, less pressure, more sleep, and time with family and friends—a result of the books I read and the reflection I did in December 2022.
After a very busy year, I spent my November travelling to Italy for a week-long accelerator program on data and solving public problems with the Burnes Center for Social Change (Northeastern University), then returning to Nigeria on December 12th and living for the 27th UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, on 13th where I spent another week speaking, networking, and learning, I took my first official vacation in late December at the Yankari game reserve in Bauchi State, Nigeria. While on vacation, I reflected on my wins in 2022, lessons learned, and plans for 2023. Inspired by my mentor, Seyifunmi Adebote, I have looked forward to having a personal website where I would be easily accessible and share my thoughts, work, and general experience for the benefit of people with mutual interests. And Yes! By the first week of January 2023, my personal website (this website) was already up and running. Thumbs up to Jimoh Oluwatobi Segun, who works with the speed of light in getting tasks done, as my mentor will put it. Check out what I do and the things that interest me, and let’s keep in touch!