February 14, 2022

Balancing Screen Time: 4 Suggestions to Help You Navigate

As we chat with our customers and network, we have noticed that most people are exhausted by “virtual.” To be upfront, some of these virtual experiences simply aren’t well planned and leave a bad impression. However, being tired of sitting in front of a screen for countless hours is fair.

Even during a well-planned and executed virtual meeting or event, constantly being on camera can be draining. We hope the information below helps you navigate finding the perfect balance for you.

To meet or not to meet

Before you even schedule a meeting, ask yourself if it is really necessary. Could the objective be met through an asynchronous method like a short email or quick video or audio message? You may find that the meeting isn’t needed more often than not.

Hide self view

If you notice every flyaway on your head, it’s safe to say that you aren’t paying attention to what is going on in the meeting. However, there are psychological things at play as well. Constantly looking at yourself on camera messes with the psyche. 

Stanford researchers mention that looking at yourself on camera is like people walking around with a mirror for you to see your reflection. This causes many negative emotional consequences. Psychologists also believe that turning off your camera for video meetings makes you more productive and less tired.

Give yourself a buffer

It’s easy to schedule back-to-back meetings, but there are so many reasons not to. It’s important to give yourself time to reset your battery. Give yourself at least 10-15 minutes between meetings to be screen-free. These moments also allow you space to digest the meeting and start planning next steps.

Add movement

In-person, you are often moving from room to room between meetings. That time of walking really gets the juices flowing. In your newly allocated buffer time, get up and stretch or move your legs a bit to get your body warm and focused.

If you are looking to add some spice to your internal meetings, with cams on or not 😉, here are some tips for successful internal meetings.