2020 has been a year of unexpected changes to our work and social lives, and technology has been key to keeping us together and keeping us productive.
Tech has been essential to our lives, but is it slowly starting to take its tool on productivity and wellbeing?
In the past few months, a new phrase has emerged – ‘Zoom Fatigue’ as many of us start to tire of back-to-back calls, a huge increase in screen time, and the surprisingly energy sapping etiquette of video calling.
So, this week, we’re sharing our top tips on how to fight Zoom fatigue and get more out of your video calls.
focus, focus, focus!
It is so easy when using Zoom to find yourself checking your emails, playing with your phone, and not entirely following the call.
You wouldn’t do that in a face-to-face meeting, so try to keep focused and put 100% into the call.
Avoid temptation by leaving your phone out of reach and closing your internet browsers. If you are flicking between two things, you won’t get much out of either of them!
block out ‘Zoom free’ times
You might find that your diary has become just an endless schedule of Zoom call upon Zoom call, and wonder how on earth you’ll actually be able to get any work done.
That’s why it’s a very good idea to block out ‘Zoom free’ periods in your diary – chunks of two to three hours that are saved just to focus on work, rather than talking about work on Zoom.
This is really important when it comes to avoiding Zoom overload and improving productivity.
take a break between calls
Going into back-to-back conference calls is exhausting and can compromise your focus and what you get out of the call.
To combat this, make sure you take a break of at least fifteen minutes between calls so you can pop to the bathroom, make a coffee, and stretch out. You’ll be more focused and it will help to avoid Zoom fatigue.
pick up the phone
Zoom now seems like an integral part of life, but if you’re just catching up with a colleague, do you really need to use Zoom every time?
Mixing it up by chatting on the phone can be a really good way to avoid Zoom fatigue, and take the pressure of having to be in front of a camera again.
share your tips!
We’d love to hear how you’re adjusting to a new Zoom dominated world and your techniques to avoid Zoom fatigue. Share your tips with us today!