Zoom Fatigue ? How to beat it.
Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, Webex, Facetime - all of these can make you feel wiped out after a bunch of online meetings. Here are some things you can do to reduce the brain strain.
You are are fed up with "living in a fishbowl" - being on show in a small box.
Agree that you can switch off video some of the time
Sit to the side (instead of front and centre) for part of the meeting when you are just listening
You find the meeting themselves exhausting - too much to process from too many faces.
Look away from the screen through a window behind your computer or at the familiar objects around the room
Focus on a few people - not everyone in the meeting.
People feel more tired than they would in live meetings.
Less Meetings - use chat, email, or call them !
Breaks of at least 15 minutes between meetings to relax
You feel you have to show a higher level of engagement because you are being seen on screen.
Show engagement by contributing to the discussion or writing in chat
You find it hard to be interesting when you are talking or presenting on Zoom.
Keep it very short
Use the tools that liven things up - Whiteboard, Break Out Rooms
It's a great tool but I'm just wondering what "zoomed out" will mean when this is all over ?