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Monday Memo: Time Management 2021

| January 25, 2021

By Holland Cooke


BLOCK ISLAND, RI — Years ago, when we still went to conventions, I recall a GM on a panel about time management getting a big laugh when he said, “Take the chairs out of your office.”

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:

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

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