It occurs to me that we are all now learning a LOT about videoconferences. There are lots of VC etiquette articles out there, (like this one) but none of them really focus on how to be in good mental/physical health while staring at a screen all day. Some things I’ve been doing:
Stand whenever possible.
If necessary, switch to a mobile device and take a walk outside during a videoconference. It is probably most polite to mute your audio and video while doing this, as views of the sky and bright outdoor light is distracting. Maintain your presence by continuing to contribute to the conversation as you walk.
Invest in a good microphone I like the Yeti best but the Snowflake is a great less expensive option. Maybe we will see something in this line from @AnkerOfficial. Soundcore has some good options in the BT headset line, but I like a wired connection for long term VC work.
Use headphones, it minimizes distractions taking place in your house.
Manage your screen and share only the windows you want others to see. Have those windows up and on the thing you want to share BEFORE sharing your screen.
Use a virtual background if you can. it will help maintain focus on you (after an initial bit of awe from less experienced users). As an added benefit, you can use the virtual background to sneak away when you’ve had too much:
So what are your tips and tricks?