From Reynolds Journalism Institute
If you’ll be working from home during any time of the pandemic, here are some suggestions from Damon Kiesow, a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and a former director of product from McClatchy.
These tips include:
• If you drink coffee or tea, use a diner-sized coffee mug — 6 or 8 ounces. Over-caffeination is a short-term strategy and we are running a marathon here, not a sprint. Using a small mug is going to force each additional cup to be an intentional decision. And at the least it will encourage you to stand up every hour for a refill. If you don’t drink coffee or tea: stand up every hour anyway. Too much sitting is bad for you.
• A fast internet connection and a stable Wi-Fi network are required investments if you expect to spend extended periods in video conference calls. An ethernet connection is preferred, but a Wi-Fi mesh network is also a good solution if you need to extend the signal from one floor to another.
• Keep a schedule. Work in a dedicated spot at home. Block time in your calendar for routine tasks. Take regular breaks. Mute yourself when you are not talking. Don’t “reply all.” Don’t recklessly “@channel” on Slack. Exercise if you can. Put the screens down and read a real book in the evenings.
• Block an hour or two every week for co-workers to get together online with no specific agenda. It is too easy to fixate on productivity when you are working remotely. Small talk is important to team cohesion and it can’t all happen on Slack.