Tuesday morning my brain was completely fried due to the complexity of a piece of virtual #facilitation.
“My, oh my, this is tortuous!” I thought.
Then came feelings of self doubt, fear, anxiety and a resignation that I simply couldn’t get my head around what was expected. I became a little grumpy….(well maybe a big bit!)
Consulting with a few other virtual facilitators, they felt exactly the same…(even more scary, and now even more grumpy too!)
Then I persevered a little more.
And still even more.
By Wednesday afternoon, I’d cracked it! I was overcome with a huge sense of relief and started dancing around the living room.
This morning, as I get back online for the last rounds of the virtual facilitation, I am actually looking forward (and just a little excited too) about the day ahead. And I’ll have a bit of fun too!
Being taken of your comfort zone into your stretch zone, can be very painful at times – I can testify of that! Yet, strangely it also brings a great sense of accomplishment, once you achieve the goal.
Have you been stretched recently?
Are you Zoomed-out?
It has been an extremely heavy week with virtual facilitation sessions galore for me. Zoom fatigue is now a real thing! Don’t believe me? Just google it and see. It certainly struck home this week, for sure.
One thing I have noticed as a virtual facilitator is that every session demands your FULL, undivided attention for 2, sometimes even 3 hours straight. And not only once, but perhaps 2 or 3 times a day. As I have come to recognise and experience this week, I am mentally and physically exhausted. Sleep has come easy.
My key personal learning takeaways this week….
Build in some downtime for a break, a walk, to stretch your legs, get some fresh air and constantly rehydrating with fresh water has become absolutely essential.
I am finding that downtime, some kind of digital detox away from computers, phones, tablets is now a critical part of my regular daily routine – escaping the noise of the Zoom world is now an everyday imperative.
What are your top tips to combat Zoom fatigue!?