How I Stay Productive Amidst COVID-19

Few days ago, my post primary school teacher sent me a message asking me to share how I’ve been able to stay productive amidst the COVID-19 lockdown.

To me, ‘productivity’ means ‘doing the right things efficiently’. It encompasses the principles, tactics and tools that help us manage our time, focus on what matters and execute consistently over the long term.

Time is our most valuable non-renewable resource.

I’m currently covering some stories in a few rural communities somewhere in Africa for a media house, yes! I’m a Journalist😉. It requires me to travel and meet with a number of stakeholders so as to get the right content for my news stories.

After every trip, I spend the evening putting together my story, reading other news reports along the lines of the story I’m covering and then drafting contents for my blog as well as sharing tools and resources with my Telegram community.


There’s a good book called Getting Things Done – The Art of Stress-free Productivity by David Allen. It’s widely seen as the bible on productivity. There’s a simple concept in it called the 2-minute rule. It goes something like: If a task will take less than 2 minutes, do it right now. If it will take longer, write it down.

I spend a huge time in front of my smartphone screen. Most of the time I’m getting stuff done (as opposed to simply browsing WhatsApp, Facebook…)

I feel it’s really important, therefore, for me to attempt to maximise the efficiency of the process. I don’t mean in the sense of “ensure that I don’t waste time on WhatsApp”, but more the sense of “I know what small action I want to accomplish at this moment, and I’d like for my phone to obey me as fast as possible”. It takes self-discipline to get your tasks done!

The same finger that set the alarm will snooze or off it, if he is not self-disciplined!

It’s important to draw a boundary between your schedule; time for; prayer, study, chatting, resting… Be intentional about how and what you spend your time for.


1. Getting Things Done – The Art of Stress-free Productivity by David Allen

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