“There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction.”
~ Frank Kafka
Yesterday after 6 hours of online meetings, I still had a lot of work to do, but my brain had other ideas. I’m sure you can relate. I couldn’t achieve what I wanted, so I went in the opposite direction. I took a break.
The digitally dense days we’re experiencing right now need different strategies for recovery than a typical busy work day. Screen fatigue is not the same as general work day tiredness.
What strategies do you deploy when you’re Zoomed out?
Watch the video below, or read the transcript that follows to learn what I have to say about it.
I literally spent the entire day in front of the computer. I’m sure many of you can relate. My day started with an early zoom meeting followed by 3.5 hours on an online conference where I was also presenting, followed by having to pre-record another presentation for a client. When that was all done and I sat down in front of my computer to try and answer emails and do a bit of work, my brain just wasn’t having it.
Hey, Michelle Cederberg here with a reminder that because more of us are working from home, and more of us are connecting digitally, we need to have different strategies to get through our day that’s reduces our screen time.
So at the end of my ‘screen day’, instead of sitting at my computer trying to fight to do work that wasn’t coming, I decided I would set it aside for a little while and take my dog for a walk. While she explored in the woods at the park, I took in fresh air and started to feel my brain come back to normal.
When you look at your schedule each week and you know you’re going to have a digitally dense day, actually make a plan ahead of time for what you’re going to do when the digital time or the tech or screen time is over. Most of us when we’re working in an office environment won’t feel that same fatigue by sitting in a boardroom for that meeting or sitting in a conference room to watch a presentation, but with all that screen time we can’t just lean back in our chair and pick up our phone and use that as our recovery.
When you take that break, include movement, fresh air, a little bit of healthy fuel. And, do something other than scrolling on your phone. This is a short, super simple reminder that our work has changed because of pandemic-restricted-living, and work-from-home. If you’re spending a lot of time working in front of your screen, listen to your body. It knows what it needs.
Until next time, I’m Michelle Cederberg reminding you you’ve gone one chance to do this life, I say Dare to Live it Big, and dare to do it with a little bit of a digital downtime after you’ve gone Face Time or zoom fatigue crazy. We can get through this.
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