Are you suddenly doing radio from home? Welcome to my world! I’ve been working from home the last ten years. First, doing middays. The last five years I have been co-hosting a morning show. Yes, from home.
Here are some things I’ve learned:
1. Get dressed. Everyday. Radio sounds better in real clothes. PJs are fun but they lower your energy level and focus. Take a shower every day and get dressed.
2. Have a designated space. It will help you and your family to have a space set aside for you to do your show. That separate space will also give you the confidence to project yourself in the way you need to when you’re on the air.
3. Set boundaries. Or at least try. When you work at home, and you’re home all the time, you work all the time. My workload has increased the past couple weeks and I felt burnout coming last week. So, Friday at 5, I changed my clothes and “checked out.” I baked. I cleaned a closet. I watched movies with my family. A few things came up for work, so it wasn’t totally work-free. But today I feel more recharged. In the same way, set work hours and don’t watch Netflix during that time.
4. Find your systems. We all have different ways of doing things like show prepping and voice tracking. I like to batch. So, I prep a bunch and then try to tape a bunch for one station. Then I move onto the next station. I love to-do lists and print out a new one each week. Explore your way of working. Find your groove.
5. Stay connected. I don’t care what your Enneagram number is or if you’re a 100% introvert, this current situation will make you crazy. Find a way to stay connected to people on the outside. FaceTime. Group video chat. Zoom. Whatever. Have virtual lunch with a friend. You’ve got to maintain relationships outside this business and outside your household to be effective at doing what you do on the air.
6. Stay plugged into Jesus. I got behind on my devos last week. Like, the most trying week of my whole life, and I forgot God. Use YouVersion. Set reminders. Whatever it takes. Doing life with Him is always better.
We are living in unprecedented times. Both with the COVID-19 virus and technology. Be thankful we have the tools to continue to encourage our listeners as they walk through the next few weeks and months of uncertainty.
Assistant Program Director, Family Life