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Are you struggling with Zoom fatigue? Try these tips to reduce it!

Avoid multitasking

  • Put away your phone and close unnecessary tabs! Multitasking leads to a decrease in the ability to remember things well and a 40% decrease in productivity.

Build in breaks

  • Take small breaks by minimizing your Zoom screen or looking away from your computer for a few seconds. If you are able, try to shorten meetings so you have enough time to fit a break in between meetings.

Reduce onscreen stimuli

  • The background on other individuals' Zoom videos can make it feel like you are in multiple rooms at once, which can be overstimulating. To reduce mental fatigue, turn off your camera or change it to a plain background, and encourage others to do the same.

Switch to phone calls or emails

  • If you have an opportunity to switch from Zoom to calls or emails, do it! If you need to have a one-on-one conversation with someone, suggest to do it over the phone. They may be just as relieved as you!

For external calls, avoid defaulting to video, especially if you don't know each other well

  • Not every interaction needs to be a video call, especially if it is someone you don't know well. It is okay to call instead of video chat to complete an interview or meeting.

 

Although they may be difficult to do at first, these small steps can help decrease exhaustion in your next Zoom call.