How to fight “Zoom Fatigue” without having your cat sit in on your behalf

A check-in: how’s the working from home situation really going? Assumption: you’ve progressed from the original set-up of crossed-legged on the couch to the far-more-professional kitchen table, and now, given COVID-19 looks like it’ll be here until it’s at least COVID-22 (see what we did there?), you’ve ordered an OH&S-approved work-from-home set up, with an ergonomic chair, or, if you’re super fancy, a stand-up desk? 

Or perhaps, at the very least, you’ve mastered the most flattering Zoom background and have sorted your filters, angles and lighting to perfection? 

Have any of these things though made it (video meetings) actually better? The five video calls a day you’re attending – do they add or take from your day? Judging by the number of ‘Zoom fatigue’ articles circling; the sets of glazed-over eyeballs we’ve encountered, and jokes such as: 

Me: “Ugggh, this show blows.” 

My Boss: “This is a Zoom meeting.”

this ‘new normal’ for work, requires some significant improvement, yesterday. 

Mindfulmeets enters the room.

We want to lighten the video conference mood. We want to make video meetings enjoyable and anticipated. And we want to save time, not waste it, ensure work/life balance and digital wellness. And we feel we’ve done this with Mindfulmeets (or at least the uptake and reviews suggest we have), by making a few subtle but effective adjustments within the video call arena. (N.B. We will soon be zooming into the Zoom et al. space, but for the moment Mindfulmeets is an extension with Google Meets.) And this is how we’ve done it…

Firstly, we embedded meeting agendas within video calls, so they’re viewable, shareable, and can be progressed through, to keep everyone on message, and on time. Similarly, we made others’ availability known with ‘next meeting approaching’ reminders, so that video meeting attendees can leave quietly without needing to interrupt and farewell all 37 of their closest colleagues. Speaking of huge numbers, keeping track of everyone’s titles, and where they’re calling from (i.e time-zone differences) is draining – so we’ve arranged for all of those details to be displayed also. No more awkwardness of forgetting responsibilities, and hopefully no more video chats creeping into witching hours. Lastly; the fun stuff; shareable GIFs and emojis. Because nothing celebrates a work win better than a Fresh Prince of Bel Air Carlton dance.   

If for some reason you can’t use Google Meets at work, might we suggest the following five tips for Zoom fatigue, until we ‘arrive’ there…

  1. If appropriate enter the meeting appearing with a gimmick. Different hat, funny sunglasses – have people anticipate a video meeting with you.
  2. Work expands to fill available time. A quick video chat is a good and effective video chat. Stay on task, stay brief.
  3. Leave on a high – if you’ve an appropriate joke, tell it as you’re leaving.
  4. Do some high intensity activity in-between Zoom meetings. Sprint your street, dance around your ‘office’.
  5. Think before you Zoom – could this Zoom meeting be an actual email? If so, send away.

Happy video meetings guys!