Daniel Iyanda is a rising technology writer. He has written on everything from trends in the fintech and logistics spaces to profiles on leading startup founders for Benjamin Dada blog and Financial Nigeria.
On this edition of How I Work, Daniel talks about how the pandemic has changed how he works and how he’s adapting to the new normal.
- Current role: Tech Writer
- Location: Lagos, Nigeria.
- Current computer: HP
- Current mobile device: Samsung Galaxy A70
- Describe what working in this pandemic is like, in one word: Miscellany
Tell us briefly what you do and what your job entails
I lead the content creation team at benjamindada.com. So, I’m either creating, curating, editing, or brainstorming content ideas with other team members. While most of my work revolves around written content, I sometimes create visual content like videos and graphics, too.
Is this your first time fully working from home?
Not exactly, we operate remotely. So, I usually share my time between working from home and Leadspace — a coworking space. But since the coronavirus outbreak, I’ve been working from home fully.
What’s a typical workday like since you started working from home?
A typical day starts with quiet time using Encounter Meditation. Thereafter, I have my breakfast (if I’m not fasting), check my email and Google Analytics. Then, I get on with my to-do list.
What apps, gadgets, or tools have you been relying on to work from home, and how do you use them?
My laptop, phone, MiFi and power bank have been very important. Then, the Bible app and Pocket, too.
Having to work from home, how do you separate the line between work and personal time?
LOL. As someone said, we should be calling it living at work now and not working from home. There is no line anymore. However, I try to have personal time on Sundays.
Do you live/work alone? If not, what’s your living condition like and how do you avoid/cope with distractions?
I live with my family. And luckily for me, all the distractions are upstairs. Except for the occasional helping out in the kitchen, I don’t think working from home has been a distraction.
How do you recharge or take a break?
I do less work on Sundays. Any task that’s not completed on Saturday and it’s not urgent and important will wait till Monday. I stream church services, catch up on some podcasts and read the articles I’ve saved to Pocket during the week. I also sleep too.
What’s your biggest challenge with working from home and how are you trying to solve it?
The inconsistency of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company has been a major challenge. What I’ve done is to structure my day around when they supply power. And that’s usually at night.
What are you currently reading, watching, or listening to? What do you recommend
I’m currently reading the Art of Plain Talk by Rudolf Flesch. And I’d recommend these podcasts: Land of the Giant, Business Wars and Pivot.
What one advice would you give someone trying to adapt to working from home?
Mute your notifications.
Who would you like to see answer these questions?
My boss, Benjamin Dada; David Hundeyin; and Osagie Alonge.
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