Curt Wagner’s boss, Twiggy, makes some demands during the work day.
Talk, Talk, Talk
This probably goes against every expert’s tips for managing your time while working, but I find that verbal communication helps me focus on work … when the conversation is over. I need to talk (my office pod mates will confirm this, possibly with frowns on their faces). Emailing, texting, or other messaging just doesn’t cut it.
I’m not talking hours of time, but when I was in the office, I needed to get up and visit someone face-to-face instead of asking my question electronically. Not always, but definitely when it involved more than a simple explanation on my end or a quick answer on theirs. It’s collaboration, and sometimes you get even better ideas from that discussion.
Now that we all are isolated during these self-isolating times, I find talking to someone keeps me on track, not to mention calm and less likely to go nuts. So pick and choose which work conversations would be better over the phone or in a video meeting, and go for it. If nothing else, you’re making sure people you used to see every day are doing OK, and maybe that verbal collaboration will lead to more hacks for working from home.
Cups of coffee consumed each day: Four in the morning, three cups of Earl Grey tea in the afternoon
Favorite work soundtrack: No soundtrack, but at least three phone calls a day
Place I miss most these days: First Slice for their pie, and Edge of Sweetness for their hand-made bagels and other goodies
— Curt Wagner