A GP's Guide to Curing Zoom Fatigue
Here are the 3 steps to cure Zoom Fatigue and these are also the best ways to survive on Microsoft Teams meetings. How to prevent fatigue in online meetings begins with a simple 3 step approach. STOP. START. ZOOM IN. Get the answer to "Should I Multitask?" and " How to work efficiently at home". Finally I will share some general tips on getting your working from home setup just that little bit better.
Step 1. STOP
There are two main sources of distraction when on zoom. 1. Your Phone 2. Your Computer/iPad. I’m not going to imply this is easy, but you have to switch off. I saw a funny video by medical student down in London, who would hide his phone under his bed while studying just to take away the distraction. With regards to your computer – switch off you mail programme, your WhatsApp and turn off notifications – just like so in Mac, and like this in Windows. Let’s be honest, we can all see it, the sudden change in facial expression, the wandering eyes... It will contribute to your sense of fatigue.
Step 2. START
Start having screen free breaks.
Most sessions will incorporate some comfort breaks or lunch breaks. Again, with such a screen intensive day, try to avoid the urge to jump straight onto your phone. Delay your gratification, make yourself a promise, when I finish this session, I promise I will spend a good uninterrupted 60 mins scrolling on my phone and checking emails and messages. That promise to yourself should keep you going for the remainder of the session.
Step 3. ZOOM IN
The constant stimulus of watching 15+ screens and faces, including your own, will wear you out. If you can, switch to speaker view and concentrate on the person speaking and resist the urge to constantly look at yourself or others. Some people actually switch off their own view to help with that and here’s how to do it.
Finally, I promised you a bonus at the end. When I am on zoom or working remotely, I personally prefer to do this at a desk and also dress in work / semi-work clothes, rather than laying in bed, possibly still in my pyjamas with my computer swimming in the folds of my duvet. (you know who you are….). The latter will just send the wrong messages to your brain and will make you less attentive and receptive. Lastly, a lot of people actually use natural light to help light up their faces and one of the best sources of lighting is a window. So I will typically sit in front of a window - this can help if you are teaching and want to prevent the graininess of a dark face.