“What is wrong with me?”
Do you find yourself asking this question during quarantine, as it relates to different habits or tendencies or fears you have developed since you’ve been home? I certainly do! And I’m specifically wondering “What is wrong with me?” when it comes to all these video meetings…
After all, I’m #1 in Communication according to the StrengthsFinder assessment. I’m also an “I” on the DISC Profile, and an ENFP in terms of Myers & Briggs. All of this means I am a “People Person” and a Talker, not to mention a professional communicator who works in Marketing and Branding. So why the heck can’t I handle video meetings better than I do?
I will get to “WHY” this is happening to people like me and maybe people like you, too, but, first, I’ll cover “WHAT” the Zooms/Teams/Skypes – or whatever style of meetings they are – do to me.
They drain me.
They exhaust me.
They suck the life out of me.
They make me tired, grumpy, and some days, mildly depressed.
And Virtual Happy Hours? No, thank you. That’s ZERO fun for me. It’s just another digital task. But in “real life” I rarely miss the ritual of Happy Hour.
The typical video meeting rarely feels natural to me, and I feel awkward most of the time when I am participating in one. Luckily, I know I’m not alone. I have been hearing from coworkers that they are feeling the same about video meetings.
So, WHY do some of us feel this way? I recently found an article that brought me tremendous clarity about this topic, and thank goodness! The article explained that video meetings tax our brain much differently than in-person meetings:
So what can we do? In my case, I’m working at home until February 2021, so the video meeting isn’t going away for me anytime soon. I know I must protect myself against the drain of the frequent video meeting. Here are some tactics I’m trying to tackle the challenges, and so can you:
In fact, about that last suggestion, just today I gave myself a break. I did not have any meetings scheduled after lunchtime, and I was caught up on my priority list. So I joined my two daughters for some Netflix binging followed by a springtime stroll around our iconic Town Square. It was a liberating and rejuvenating afternoon, a small yet significant pause from the new virtual pressures of the remote office lifestyle. I highly recommend you do the same for yourself, as your time and workload allows. You owe it to yourself and your employer to be your best and healthiest self. Plus, you want to look well-rested on that next Zoom call, don’t you?!?