Meet Rosemary Ikpeme, founder of MYnd Map.
Tell us a little about yourself
I am Rosemary Ikpeme, the creator and founder of MYnd Map, the ultimate mindfulness, gratitude, and goals setting journals, planners, and agendas.
I incorporate both productivity and mindfulness in all MYnd Map tools and design them to help you build positive and healthy habits. Habits that will help you navigate through personal and professional challenges with awareness, focus, and balance; making sure that self-care, emotional, mental and physical health, and wellbeing are made a priority whilst boosting productivity.
I studied law and quickly realised it wasn’t what I wanted to do. I stuck it out for three years eventually leaving to pursue a marketing career in the media and broadcast industry. I worked my way up the corporate ladder and got to work with global corporations such as National Geographic Channel, Fox International Channel, BBC Worldwide, AMC International and CNN International.
In 2017 I decided to jump ship and follow my passion to start MYnd Map. A calling I couldn’t resist, after experiencing adversity at work, which affected my mental and physical health. I am a proud plant mum of 30+ plants. I love to dance and trying out new dishes.
Can you tell us a little bit about the MYnd Map mission?
MYnd Map’s mission is to empower individuals, organisations, and business owners to become more effective, efficient, and successful in achieving personal and professional goals whilst creating a life they love holistically, without compromising on their wellbeing and mental health.
Mindfulness feels as though it’s now out in the mainstream, but what does mindfulness mean to you?
Mindfulness for me means being in this present moment. We only have control over this moment, right now. We cannot change what was done in the past nor can we execute anything in the future. Mindfulness has been a buzzword for many years but I am pleased that more people are now embracing the benefits of mindfulness especially in the workplace.
Who is MYnd Map suitable for?
MYnd Map is suitable for anyone who is struggling with how to look after their mental health and is looking to build or start new positive and healthy habits. Anyone who is perhaps feeling stuck, or overwhelmed or who might seem to have it all but still feels like something is missing. Many have used MYnd Map as a support system whilst going through significant life or professional changes/challenges for support, inspiration and guidance on how to navigate through those experiences. It’s also perfect for anyone who just want to learn how to journal and plan more effectively.
What role can MYnd Map play for those working in the production space?
From my experience working almost 10 years in the media and broadcast industry and working closely with production teams, I know that it is a fast pace space, which involves juggling a lot of balls at the same time, managing many different people be it upwards and downwards and trying to keep every one happy without compromising on the integrity of your work and creativity. MYnd Map Journal Planners and agenda’s are excellent tools to help you organise your most important task and manage your time effectively with strategies such as the 80/20 rule.
It also teaches you how to be mindful of the other aspects of your life that are important to your wellbeing, mental health and productivity. There are many simple mindfulness tools such as creating a health morning and evening habit, practicing daily gratitude, making time to check in with yourself and other practices that are important to your wellbeing and productivity and help you avoid burnout. These include as self care practices, making time to spend with your loved ones, taking breaks and looking after your physical health. All MYnd Map products include inspiring illustrations, inviting you to explore other forms of creativity, which can open you up to new ideas, better solutions and decision making.
As a production company, our schedules are often busy, reactive and fast paced. What are your top tips for staying productive and focusing on self-care and mindfulness?
Many are adverse to the idea of having set routines, and think of it as dull. However, if we are often in situations that are reactive, face paced, uncertain and stressful, having a routine is a great tool to feel grounded and secure by allowing you to focus on the things that you can control. It can help lower stress levels, you will feel more organised and in control and it’s a great way to help you build healthy, positive and productive habits.
Having something as simple as morning or evening routine is a great way to bring mindfulness into your day. It gives you time to check in with yourself, practice some mindfulness techniques such as gratitude or mediation to help mentally set you up for the day. Part of your routine could include stretching; doing some yoga or exercising, that way you are looking after your body the vehicle that helps you execute your work.
Within that routine is a great time to also plan your day and daily tasks based on what’s important rather than being reactive. It’s a great time to also reflect on what went well or what could be improved which will lead to a significant improvement of your productivity
A simple morning or evening routine like is a form of self-care that helps increase mindfulness and productivity. It will add a sense of structure and predictability to your day that will help you feel less stressed out and more organised and ready to tackle anything the day throws at you.
Finally, tell us about all the cool things you’re up to at the moment!
I am very excited to be hosting a series of 3 workshops on stress management, mindfulness and productivity at the end of August with the Top Line team. I am also working on a new Journal planner focusing on healing and recovery to support those who have experience trauma. I am also looking forward to hosting many more workshops helping employers and employees embrace mindfulness in the workspace. If you’d like to know more, please feel free to sign up to my newsletter over at www.myndmap.co or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org