By Holland Cooke
Back to the future, this suggestion, for your own dwindling sanity, and as a courtesy to others during work-at-home-mode: SCHEDULE Zoom-type meetings.
Remember – back when you went into an office – how interruptive it was to be…interrupted?
Well-intentioned co-workers would stick-their-head-in your door? Or call or text spontaneously, for something not-time-sensitive? Keep that up and, by the end of the day, you have open folders.
Thus hard-learned lessons I’ve offered here from time-to-time, and summarized in one of my most-clicked-ever TALKERS magazine columns: https://www.talkers.com/2013/02/11/managers-forget-time-management-dont-even-try/#more-16125
Working remotely, we find instant access both convenient and torturous
Click that link above to learn how truly useful voicemail can be. And about “swapping folders with your boss.”
In a useful CES2021 session, Deloitte Consulting research pointed to what’s being called “Zoom Fatigue, ceaseless video calls.” Many surveyed feel “a blurring of the line between work and life, lack-of-focus, and isolation.”
Don’t get sucked in. Schedule for quality time. There’s a template in that previous column.
Stay safe. And, as Shep’ says, #FollowTheFauci.
Holland Cooke survived 7 years with 25 direct-report employees at WTOP. He is the author of the E-book “Multiply Your Podcast Subscribers, Without Buying Clicks,” available from Talkers books (click the banner on this page). He is a consultant working at the intersection of broadcasting and the Internet. And HC hosts “The Big Picture” TV show Friday nights at 7ET on RT America. Follow HC on Twitter @HollandCooke