Online work meetings have become the new normal as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Unlike in-person meetings that you could skip out on for several reasons, online work meetings do not offer the same luxuries. If you struggle with staying focused and remaining patient during online work meetings, try out these 5 tips to improve your patience.

  1. Remember Patience Is Good For Emotional Intelligence – Patience is vital to cultivate emotional intelligence. Patience helps you understand people more and offer them more compassion, and empathy. This skill is especially important for leaders as the progress of your employees will come in faster if you understand them and how they work.
  1. The Switch From In-Person Work To Online Work Has Been Hard – This switch has been hard on everyone. You must remember that you’re most likely not the only one who is frustrated or bored. Misery loves company. Perhaps you might find some comfort in that.
  1. Supervisors have a harder time – A lot of businesses have suffered as a result of the pandemic so if there are more online meetings, it is only because the supervisors are trying to make sure deadlines are being met and the company stays afloat.
  1. Perspective – Switching perspectives is a great way to practice patience. Put yourself in other people’s shoes. Perhaps your boss is stressed out about the pandemic, the profit coming in, or lack of. Perhaps your colleague needs to ask more questions about the project because they’re distracted and stressed out. Try putting yourself in the other person’s shoes to understand what they might be feeling and why they are acting in a certain way.
  1. Listen And Ask Questions – If you lack patience during online meetings consider listening more and asking questions if you can. Inserting yourself into the conversation will reduce feelings of boredom and hopefully help you exercise a little more patience.

While these tips will help you gain more patience it is also important that you address the source of impatience. Why are you impatient during these online meetings?

  1. Hunger and Lack Of Sleep – Hunger and lack of sleep can lead to feelings of irritation and, anger. Yes, there are fewer boundaries between work and rest when you work from home but you must put those boundaries in place. Go to sleep at a certain time and wake up at the time you’d wake up if you were going to an office. This helps you create boundaries and reduces feelings of stress. It may seem easier to roll out of bed ten minutes before your zoom meeting but it is not beneficial in the long run.
  1. Practice self-discipline – In some situations, a lack of patience is just the absence of self-discipline. Discipline and train yourself to focus during these meetings even if you don’t want to.

Meetings can be annoying and online meetings are no exception especially when they seem to be never-ending. However, it is important to try and make the best of it. Try out our tips and let us know how effective they are for you.