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Be your own authority at home. Exercise discipline to manage time, know what to get done and at what time.

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The novel coronavirus has struck hard, forcing us to take measures we never thought we could ever take. Talk of schools being closed. Travel bans. Churches, malls, and other public places setting up sanitizing points at every entrance. Public events getting postponed indefinitely, and at worst, cancelled. Employees working from home - now that sounds fun, no? Sure, it would have been better if we stayed home under other circumstance rather than a pandemic. But here we are.  

Now that employees are working from home, a huge shift in productivity is likely to come with it. With all the distractions and freedom (your supervisor is somewhere washing hands and probably getting distracted too) productivity teeters on the edge of a nosedive.

In this brief listicle we examine productivity and how you can be super productive, even at home. But first, are a few distractions that are likely to make working at home challenging:

1. Sleep: Yes, this one had to start us off. When reporting to work, the alarm goes off early to provide time to prepare and commute, keeping in mind the traffic snarl ups in Kenya. When working from home however, you can sleep through to 9 in the morning then jolt up, open your laptop and as long as it is connected to internet, work in bed. Now that is a good way to get no work done, but sleep. This should be viewed as having more time that can be utilised to do more.

2. Family and friends: Someone’s making pancakes in the kitchen, the aroma gets wafted to your nostrils and that 5 – minute break ends up with you running in circles and getting nothing done. Or it’s your relative yelling at you from the living room to come watch a breaking news. Or your neighbour who stops by with a stack of cards. Last night they beat you at the game, and your ego craves revenge. Whichever scenario, friends and family are a distraction.

3. House chores: Your mind has drifted far away; to the deepest and wisest part in your skull, in search of the right words to use in that report your boss awaits, when your eyes land on dirty dishes in the sink with fruit flies hovering around. You like things as clean as a whistle, so goodbye to the report.

4. Social media and Netflix: At work, these have no leash on you because supervision is watertight. At home, catching up on an episode before acting on an email won’t do any harm, right? It ends in suspense, so just one more episode, then boom, you’re running out time and nothing has been done. Or your best friend or crush is live on Facebook! Can’t miss this! Sayonara, work.

With the above opponents (among others) beating the discipline out of us, can we really be productive while at home? Yes, and here are some tips:

Have a dedicated space: Yes, get off that bed. A dedicated space could be a desk. Set up in an environment that bars distraction. This will help your mind focus on the job at hand, and keep family and friends off your map because your dedicated space is your sanctum of silence.

Photo credit: Andrea Davis

Discipline: Why is it that when at work you are productive but when at home productivity flat-lines? Authority draws the line. Be your own authority at home. Exercise discipline to manage time, know what to get done and at what time. Know your concentration span and use it to draw up a to-do-list, with break activities in between, could be to eat; read a chapter; take a walk; talk with someone etc. In the book “Talk to the Hand”, Lynne Truss calls it obedience to the unenforceable. No one is nudging you, but you are your own authority and you obey the unenforceable. What a character to have in this day and age!

1. Find purpose in what you do: When you understand that it is not only about the salary you get at the end of the month but also about the difference your input brings and the value you add to the society, you’ll work well even in a trench. Okay, let’s just keep it at even at home. People who have found purpose and meaning in their jobs have been quoted saying that for them, Saturday can be Monday and Monday can be Saturday! I guess that calls for self-reflection.

2. Break work into intervals: This might be the magic you need! Instead of working throughout, compartmentalize high concentration tasks and low ones, and then break them into intervals with reference to your concentration span. The Pomodoro Technique works.

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    Isaac | April 30, 2020 04:39

    Sure, It's a very informative article Efficiency hasn't been perfect due to distraction from family especially my kid, but as my boss said we are not looking for efficiency but optimised efficiency and maximized safety. Being in programming field, the lockdown life is my daily life, with my second bedroom as my mancave. For my case this is how it has always been. Having a well structured Time table form my own created basic app with alerts for my side-hustle and online classes. This ensures I wake up early. 5 to 6 hr sleep. From a range between 2130 hrs - 2230 hrs to 0340 hrs. Wake-up time triggered by an annoying alarm which I always place far from the bed in that case I have to wake up and put it off. Because of getting used to it. I always find myself waking up 10 or 5 minutes before the alarm. 3:40 AM to 4 AM - Dedication of the day to the Lord, (Picked this from Dad) 4 to 5:45 - Online classes 15 minutes break - maybe going to the balcony, doing some exercise, taking tea etc whichever i feel to do. 6 to 7:30 - Side Hustle if I have any else switching to another class. 30 Minutes checking on work emails and task list. 8:00 to 5 PM My daily task schedules and meetings, with regular social breaks maybe after ever 2 hrs. 5:30 PM to 7PM Side hustle or Class 7 PM to 9 Uninterrupted Family time 30 Minutes online time to check freelance openings, scheduling tasks and reflecting what I did and did not do. However this can extend to over 1.5 hrs. MY GREATEST DISTRACTION IS ONLINE MATERIALS, LIKE THIS ARTICLE HAS TAKEN AWAY 19 Minutes of my morning time.

    JOHN BOSCO | April 30, 2020 04:34

    This information is interesting. Thanks Fuzu

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    PATRICK | April 30, 2020 03:48

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    Derrick | April 23, 2020 07:18

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    John | April 23, 2020 04:25

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    Excellent and worth awarding ideas ..

    ANDREW | April 23, 2020 02:42

    Nice tips here. This is a completely new model-working from home. The suggestions are spot on, after all, most if nit all the readers and beneficiaries are affected by the same interruptions the same way or to same magnitude. Thanks for the reminders. Productivity ought to remain key and is achievable.

    Camillus | April 21, 2020 01:13

    Very good advice on self-discipline. This is not only important for working at home but certainly employees and supervisors make a lot of management mistakes in getting tasks accomplished.

    Godwin | April 20, 2020 13:44

    Work is something you do, not something you travel to!

    Nyakobosa | April 17, 2020 11:08

    Discipline is key. Very amazing. But remember some of us have lost jobs, help us earn from home.

    OYIRWOTH | April 17, 2020 05:45

    it is good idea to control the epidemic

    Sophia | April 16, 2020 15:57

    Very educative👍

    FRANKLINE | April 16, 2020 15:18

    Candid

    Japhet | April 16, 2020 15:03

    Very fantastic

    Rehema | April 16, 2020 13:54

    Nice one

    Monica | April 16, 2020 08:52

    nice one, discipline is key. and having a daily plan. then prioritize

    okidi | April 16, 2020 08:35

    Good observation, thanks for the wonderful ideas

    Mujema | April 16, 2020 07:42

    Great

    Dickson | April 16, 2020 07:11

    Am ready please

    Fridah | April 16, 2020 06:51

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    Benson | April 16, 2020 05:50

    I like this what an eye opener to manage myself as i work at home

    Nathaniel | April 16, 2020 05:24

    Very intutitive

    Dorcus | April 16, 2020 05:12

    Nice article

    titus mutua | April 16, 2020 03:42

    Interesting to work at home

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    Very good guide interesting.

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    Very wonderful and it's best way to be safe

    Bonface | April 10, 2020 15:38

    I love it!

    Bernard | April 09, 2020 13:54

    very encouraging class

    Godwin | April 09, 2020 11:41

    Nice perspective!

    Christopher | April 09, 2020 10:36

    Thanks so much,are there opportunities? If yes then am ready

    John | April 09, 2020 07:38

    Being focused and knowing you have a job need to be completed. Good thoughts during this season!

    NANCY | April 09, 2020 07:10

    Great

    JACKLINE | April 09, 2020 07:05

    It's great. Discipline makes the process easier than ever. Thank you for the educative information.

    Samuel | April 09, 2020 07:01

    It is applicable. I love it. Great for consulting, which I am in ! Wonderful piece.

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    Samwel | April 09, 2020 02:57

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    EMMANUEL | April 09, 2020 01:10

    I resigned last year to work from home as a freelance content writer for businesses and individuals. True, I face some of these distractions. Require great discipline.

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    Edger | April 03, 2020 16:38

    Yeah. The advice works for people who do computer related work, but for those I. Other fields like driving its bad on their side

    Dennis | April 03, 2020 12:13

    Fantastic

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    In deed it's awesome..and good idea

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    Julia | April 02, 2020 17:33

    Informative thank ypu

    Okello | April 02, 2020 16:38

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    Akorimo | April 02, 2020 15:26

    Good idea...but I don't know which business I can do on line

    Ruth | April 02, 2020 15:19

    Thank you for this! Still on my way to be fully productive while working from home.

    Irene | April 02, 2020 11:48

    great read!

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    Good afternoon everyone.Hoping everyone is doing well. Am happy to be part of this.

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    Thank very much for the advise

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    Spot on !

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    Above all we need prayers,,nice one......

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    Great information to grow your dreams.

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    Point at hand

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    Well done! Discipline, Discipline, Discipline!!!

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    Very helpful thankyou

    moses | April 02, 2020 05:55

    Helpfull. Discipline maters here

    Marrion | April 02, 2020 05:38

    I needed to read this

    Fatinah | April 02, 2020 05:20

    Good article, any opportunity of an online job is welcome

    Edith | April 02, 2020 05:19

    Love it! thanks alot.

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    Nice one

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    Priceless tit bits of crucial reminders. This is why I chose you and follow you. Thumps up my good company

    Dennis | March 31, 2020 11:18

    Go to now, Very informative!I agree that at this time...Working from home requires utmost faithfulness to your earthly master!

    Jonah | March 30, 2020 12:16

    Very helpful

    Anguyo | March 29, 2020 20:52

    Very important points worth implementing

    Betina | March 29, 2020 16:13

    It was helpful.

    Joy | March 28, 2020 14:48

    NICE ARTICLE

    LEONARD | March 28, 2020 08:34

    Its a recommendable advice. Thanks

    Eva | March 27, 2020 21:44

    Well said, Thanks

    Fredrick | March 27, 2020 11:49

    Great piece

    Patrick | March 27, 2020 08:47

    For our safety, lets endure with the situation we are in

    OLIVE | March 27, 2020 08:16

    So encouraging ....

    MARK | March 27, 2020 08:00

    Its best i love it

    Philip | March 27, 2020 03:48

    Working online is advantageous since you decide how and when will you want things done

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    Great!

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    OMUNA JOHN | March 26, 2020 16:11

    How this can be done

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    Amazing so inspiring.

    EVERLYNE | March 26, 2020 14:41

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    I like this. My biggest distraction is house chores! now I know how to go about it. Slot them during the breaks!

    KOROS | March 26, 2020 12:38

    This is very helpful!. Thank you

    Jerry | March 26, 2020 12:28

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    George | March 26, 2020 07:29

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    Gideon | March 26, 2020 07:12

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    How can I do this too

    Stephene | March 18, 2020 09:48

    I love this


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