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Reduce or eliminate technology

  • Don't default to Zoom. Set aside blocks of time where you're not available for online meetings.
  • Choose physical over digital. If you brainstorm for an article, write your thoughts on paper. Sketch the initial draft of your big project on a whiteboard.
  • Move as much as possible. In between meetings, take a walk to the kitchen to refill your water or coffee. When you need a quick break, roll your shoulders to get the blood flowing. On a normal phone call, consider walking back and forth.
  • Take tech-free breaks. Eat lunch away from your computer, look out a window, or read a physical book. Consider a post-work outdoor physical activity.

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MORE IDEAS FROM 5 Tips to Reduce Screen Time While You’re WFH

Remote work increases screen time

Video chat apps and other technology connect us while we work remotely, but the extra time in front of the computer can cause eye strain, muscle fatigue, and mental and emotional fatigue.

There are ways we can proactively disconnect from the screen to help maintain and regain our energy.

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Why Zoom Calls Drain Us
  • Video calls require more focus than face-to-face chatting. We have to pay more attention to process the non-verbal cues like tone, pitch, body language and facial expressions. There is also a feeling of dissonance when the minds are together but the bodies are physically apart.
  • One finds it harder to relax in a conversation, as even a slight delay (silence) makes us feel that the other person is not friendly or focused enough. 

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Practice looking into your camera during video conferences when you speak, even for brief moments.
It's challenging to focus on your camera for an entire meeting, but know that you increase the impact of your points when you look deep into it.

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These days, almost everybody suffers from the overuse of technology, knowingly or unknowingly. We can’t stop checking Facebook during an important conversation. Parents complain their children spend more time on mobile games than on study. We go to YouTube to watch Justin Beiber's new video song and three hours later we find ourselves watching the interview of Justin Beiber’s mother.

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