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📱Today’s tip: Put away your smartphone during your meetings.
The Medium family recently welcomed a new addition: Index, a publication all about work. In one of the site’s inaugural posts, Hannah Clark Steiman writes about the mysterious way video meetings seem to be even more exhausting than in-person meetings ever were. The reason? Our brains can’t handle all the multitasking we think we’re capable of doing. On video chats, we either try to multitask or we mentally work to resist multitasking, which is just as hard on our brains.
Here’s one easy fix: Put your smartphone away. Studies have shown that even having your smartphone visible nearby during a meeting can make it more difficult to concentrate. Stash your phone in another room and give yourself permission to just focus on the meeting — that’s your job until the meeting is over.
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