When is Your work not Your life?

The Canadian Centre for Occupational health views work/life balance from two fronts.

  • You have all the time in the world yet you accomplish nothing. Schedules conflict and you end up underachieving despite your potential.
  • When you feel overstretched, overworked and overwhelmed by multiple roles that are too demanding.

When you face any of the above two scenarios, then it is said to be a work/life balance issue. It is interesting that scholars use work/life and not work-life or the balance between work and life.

It has become rather difficult to distinguish between the life of individuals and their work.

If one aspect of the above is affected, then the other is consequently affected. Achieving a good work/life balance is paramount in making you optimal, productive and remain healthy both emotionally as well as mentally. 

The world is connected and almost everyone is online. Just check around you, if someone isn’t talking to you, then they are online talking to someone else. Technology has driven us physically further apart and virtually closer and connected.

Do not be scared to be offline

Sometimes this is the only way to be rejuvenated. Do not be a slave to your mobile phone. You never want to be off because you think an opportunity might pass you. It never works that way.

If you by any chance forget to carry your cell phone don’t beat yourself hard. You should learn to maneuver through the day without the help of your cell phone. I understand that this sounds medieval buy its the truth. Being offline brings a whole new perspective.

Mobile phones drive us apart physically but bring us together virtually

In the mid 90’s Africa had no cell phones. I couldn’t confirm my full names from my mother because she was miles away and I needed to be enrolled in school. There was no time to get her advice on this and people in my life started fixing things for me. I fixed my birthday later and in life.

My current names are not the names I was given at my birth. I learned to make my choices because my mother was never there and I feel I am a better person for not consulting too much when I was younger.

There is a thin line between your job and your life. It is therefore paramount that you make your job as your life since sometimes its the one that matters how you live.

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Hello folks! Happy new year and thank you for stopping by. As we continue to focus on the future, I am elated to have been able to see the end of 2016. What have you done? Here are the achievements I have made in 2016:

1. I did not kill the website. Previously, I never renewed the domains I used which means u had to loose audience. This year I managed to stay put and the blog is alive. That is a milestone.

2. I moved from a free theme to premium one. You must have noted the difference in December. It cost me to have it which means I am investing. I maintained my hosting guy though I thought his service in 2015 was poor.

3. I graduated from college and now I am focusing wholly on the blog beside my day job. This blog doesn’t pay so I have to feed myself and my family.

4. I introduced my friend to blogging and I gave him space on this blog but he quit after a month. I am glad I convinced him to joined n me which he did with enthusiasm then everything faded away. I wasn’t paying him to write.

The best thing that happened to me and the blog in 2016 is the life of the blog still ON

Despite tremendous growth in page views over the last one year, there is need to keep going. Do you think you can write? Drop me an email. I will be more than glad to give you pay for that if you give me good pieces. 2017 I will be hiring ghost writers. Be on the look out.

As we head towards the elections, I would urge all of us to act sober and vote wisely. That would be a milestone if we do not kill each other. It okay if your candidate looses. They won’t be the first to lost.

After all, there is no personal benefit you gain apart from soothing you ego. If he wins that’s fine, trump won but many didn’t vote for him. And if your candidate looses, he won’t be the first. Hillary Clinton lost what she thought was her opportune moment to be the leader of the free world.

Polls Don’t Decide an Election, Kenyan Voters Do.

The whole of 2007,  I worked as an interviewer with the then Steadman. My friend David introduced after he was introduced by another schoolmate who was leaving to join armed forces. This was the year that succeeded my high school, and I wasn’t sure whether I would go to college. Steadman offered me an opportunity to collect data from the field on their behalf, and I obliged. It was a rare opportunity since people complained of the polls saying they have never been interviewed. I had a chance to be on the other side.

It was an incredible journey I must say. The pay was better than my previous job, so I was happy to work for them. Steadman, now Ipsos Synovate, had already become a household name in research and market analysis here in Kenya. Every politician wanted to know what the people thought of them. There was a general feeling that polls swayed votes and possibly, I think, these polls had an effect on the aftermath of the election.

How were samples selected for an interview? No idea but this is how we handled the interviews. We did interviews per household in most cases. On rear occasions, we could target individuals in the families. The work was tiresome with strict rules. It was worse where we had to do structured sampling to interview particular persons with attributes such as gender, age group, and education level. Sometimes I spent the whole day to do only four or five questionnaires.

The number of questions in the survey was dictated by the volume of information needed. Most political polls were accompanied by market studies on particular products with election-related issues embedded in the polls. Here is what you do not know about this job. Much of what we did in the field was never announce to the media. Only political related sections of the questionnaires were published. The other data was directed to the relevant company that sponsored the event. There was no single day we did polls purely without a product embedded in the questionnaires.

The major interviews that I did revolve around market survey such as which media house was dominant! Products that are consumed every day and the other was on mobile phone networks among others. The exercise took two to three days to cover the entire region. Day one I could go to one location, day two to another location soon as colleague also did the same. The locations were predetermined from the head office, and we did not have control where we went to collect data.

This is the time I got to know various places in remote Kwale County where I also met people living lives that you would not want to be associated with. I went to villages that were a couple of miles behind. I remember one village where there was no single toilet in the entire village. If you ask them, they say, we use the nearby bushes.

Exit Poll

After a successful stint with Steadman, it was time to go back home and also consider our choices. It was the usual festive season. You know December holidays and stuff. We were all Kenyans with a constitutional duty to take part in the electoral process. It is a democratic right. Much of what I had in my mind was generous support people had for Raila and the desire and expectation of the populous after that. However, there was another opportunity that showed up; an exit poll for Infotrack this time.

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The representative from Nairobi called me and asked if I could be available the next day, which was voting day, to do a survey at a remote polling station in Kwale. I readily accepted since I was free. It was a unique type of a study. It was engaging, intense and feedback was required every one hour through a mobile phone. This survey had nothing to do with a market or the market competition and dominance. It was purely what the people had voted. It was like people were voting again after leaving the polling station.

It was highly structured. I had ten questionnaires to fill the whole day. I was required to spend the night in the surrounding area so as to be at the polling station at 6 am, present myself to the presiding officer before stationing myself just outside the gate. The place was remote just like the village I described in the typical morning in a coastal suburb. I had a badge ready prepared for me from Nairobi, and a letter from relevant authorities addressed to electoral commission allowing me to carry out the survey. In case I had challenges, I was a phone call away from my bosses.

I was required to interview the first voter who stepped out of the polling station regardless of the gender and age. After that, I was to interview every fifth citizen. If the first vote was male, then the second respondent was to be a female who should be the fifth vote. After I finish with one, I start counting again. The fifth I was to do a preliminary interview to determine whether they were eligible or not. Now the age came in. It was a tedious exercise.

Before this day, I spent the evening with friends discussing the possibilities of the outcome. One thing was sure. Raila was going to floor Kibaki. The basis of this thinking among my friends was the recent poll results that indicated Raila as a favourite. I was with George, who profoundly thought Raila was going to win one question. What if Raila loses? You can be so sure that he will win. He looked at me and said in a loud voice, “Kenyans are not stupid. This is a definite pass for Raila. Kibaki is heading home” My next question to him was, have you ever had anywhere in Africa a sitting president leaving office before his term? He obviously got emotional and left.

Back to the remote area. I diligently did my work. I initially thought this was easy work. I thought I would be done by 11 a.m. I had done eight questionnaires by 4 p.m. I had two more, and I was tired. The area I went was predominantly Kamba infested. However, out of 10 polls with three candidates on the ballot box, nine questionnaires favoured Raila and only one vote forKalonzo. No one voted Kibaki despite being the sitting president.

My question to you is, “why are you so sure that if you support a particular candidate, everyone is supporting them?” Here are some things I have learned. Constitutionally, a president can only be in office for two terms. I have never seen anyone unseat a sitting president in Africa. We would write history if we sent Uhuru home in 2017. What makes you so sure that he will win? Polls. Raila lost in 2007, and we started destroying our property and life. We cannot afford that this time. Always leave room for the unexpected, be sober and act wisely at all times.

Oooh! Moreover, that marked the end of my interviewer career at Steadman and Infotrack because what happened early 2008 is down in history as the worst election ever witnessed in the country. I lost my job because there was no business anymore.

 

Worst Job Interview Responses of all time

 

The phone rings…. For a while. I wait patiently and anxiously… It has been weeks since the HR manager promised to reach out to me with a verdict. He said it would take a week. I had to get back to them. You understand, right? Continue reading “Worst Job Interview Responses of all time”

Students who Fail in form four are happier in life

Those who torch high school dormitories did not go to a national school they wanted. In fact top Kenyan high schools do not experience bad behavior among students because these students wanted to be there they love their school and want to be associated with its success. Continue reading “Students who Fail in form four are happier in life”

Another reason to blog if you are not watching movies

The first lesson in my preschool was how to pronounce. Pronunciation was important because it defined how I communicated. By the time I finished upper primary, I was soo good in English. I could write so well, my teachers were impressed by my score.

I wasn’t happy with the score I had because I couldn’t speak English fluently, I couldn’t stand in front of people and speak until I taught myself to do so by following several blogs. I feel I am way better than I was ten years ago.

I noticed the difference between present day pupils and those who schooled in my time. Present day pupils have better spoken English and at young age they are able to express themselves, something I would not do at 15 but they are really poor in creative skills something that was key to my development in nursery school.

Has the education system focused so much on the outward appearance more than the actual output expected of schooling today, which is to have young people who can stand in front of a crowd and express themselves?

I have had a personal transformation from the time I was in school to date. I speak better English and I try to write, much better than I used to.

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Should the education system change so that most of the children focus on their skills than how better they speak to impress people? I tend to feel that speech is much more focused on how people see you than how you are as a person.

At 28 Matt Walsh is way better than who I am at the same age. He is a writer who started a blog that, as he professes, tells the truths about present day America. His blogs really raises key questions about Americans moral standing and beliefs.

I tricked my young cousin into blogging by creating a login for him. He is doing well with his tech blogs that appear on my blog. I started the same way before I chose to focus on life differently.