This is why I’ve had “Family Time” and Focus Time blocks on my calendar since last March, and have progressively been more and more assertive about refusing meetings scheduled on top of them.
I had never needed to do so while working remotely under “normal” circumstances, but the 30-minute meeting frenzy turned them into a survival requirement.
Also, it’s not just about productivity. If you spend a few months getting up an hour earlier than usual for daily meetings and shifting your lunchtime around at random, your health suffers as well.
It’s the slow grind that causes the most lasting damage, and after a single week of being back to work and a couple of days of aggressive context switching, I’m already feeling tired and irritable.