There is something weird and fulfilling about getting ready while having nowhere to go. I think that for many of us, getting ready, whether that means dressing outside of a groutfit or stepping up on the grooming and styling, is what helps us stay motivated when we spend all day on Zoom calls. For me, getting ready get into the right mindset to tackle a day of emails and video conference calls.
I’ll be first to admit that I get tired of back-to-back Zoom calls. Unlike the days of in-person meetings, I feel like I’m spending my life on Zoom. Like for some reason, bosses think that just because we’re all home they can keep us hostage online for hours. Whereas social distancing we could grab some conference room catering and coffee and bounce saying we had, “a previous commitment.”
Enough about me airing my grievances. Let’s talk about my 5 essentials that help me feel great and get through a full day on Zoom!
5 zoom meetings tips
1. Don’t ever be without pen and paper in zoom meetings
I am firm believer in the power of handwritten notes. While I do have email reminders and digital calendars, I must always have a notebook on hand. Whether I use this to take notes, write a to-do list, or just track my thoughts, having a notebook’s company during Zooms is essential.
Plus, you can have fun with your notebooks too! I love highlighting my pages, organizing them with little hand drawn details and things of that nature. I’m not saying you have to be that annoying person who spends hours designing bullet journals, #extra even for me, or buying a designer notebook. Like have you seen those LV notebooks!? That’s a flex alright.
Have fun with your notebooks and just always have on hand. Zoom meetings can be ramble sessions but sometimes you’ll hear nuggets of info you’ll want to remember.
2. Keep your lips hydrated for back-to-back zoom meetings
Have you ever noticed how many times you actually put on lip balm in a day? I know I didn’t think much of how much I reached for a chap stick until I actually saw myself doing it during Zoom meetings. Reapplying lip balm wasn’t distracting to anyone but me and I knew it. But again, I’m sitting in front of my laptop’s camera constantly and I want to feel comfortable doing that.
A recent discovery, and an everyday staple in my skincare routine is the Summer Friday’s Vanilla Lip Butter Balm. Let me tell you I. Am. Obsessed! Vanilla is hands down one of my favorite flavors, it’s up there with PSL (by the way, Summer Fridays also makes a pumpkin-scented face mask and I’m also obsessed). I love this stuff, and recommend it for Zoom meetings, because I’ll put it on, and several Zoom meetings later my lips are nowhere near feeling dry and uncomfortable!
Plus, the Summer Friday lip butter is a great all-around lip treatment. Whether you’re about to go outside, get a workout on, or you leave it on overnight, your lips will stay hydrated and free of ever feeling crusty.
3. Find a concealer that works for you and not against you
While you not be meeting people face-to-face the stress of zoom meetings and just this current moment can be brutal to your complexion. Before stay home orders, we at least had the drive home to escape and mentally get a break. But with most of us working at home our sanctuaries now double as stress incubators.
I’ve noticed that my skin has had some breakouts which surprised me. I was surprised to see some redness or acne flairs considering I wasn’t going out as much and being exposed to pollutants. But between wearing cotton face masks that could congest my skin or working out at home in cramped and hotter conditions than normal, my skin was stressing.
When I discovered the Sephora Collection Clear and Cover Acne Treatment, I felt I found gold. This baby not only covers up any acne, but it also doesn’t work against clearing your skin. It actually has some salicylic acid in its formula to work towards clearing your skin. Even though my laptop’s camera can capture the whole mug, for those days when I got a Rudolph moment going on, glowing and red, I got this baby to do the job.
4. Find a cc cream that helps you bounce from zoom meetings back to real life
For all the guys out there, or for those who you send this blog to, let me tell you that real men wear makeup! Listen, I am no MUA, but I do know a thing a or two about the benefits of makeup. I dabbled into the realm of cosmetics not too long ago and I actually got into it because of my work. In case you didn’t know, I work not only in theatrical publicity, but I also work on awards campaigns. During my favorite season of the year, again awards season, I was constantly jumping around between events and red carpets.
Because first impressions mean everything in this industry, I wanted to make sure I felt good. I felt the most confident when I knew my skin was matte and that my skin tone was even. Thus, by feeling good I would look better on camera and behind the scenes too. Despite live events being traded for Zoom meetings and Zoom webinars, I still love this IT Cosmetics CC cream because if I ever just want to take a break, I’m ready to grab my mask and go outside.
This cream both covers up imperfections and actually has SPF in its formula! You can go from a Zoom meeting to a Trader Joe’s run in no time!
5. Stay HYDRATEd during zoom meetings and THROUGHOUT the day
Listen you hear it all the time and I’m here to remind you, drink water! Don’t just drink your iced coffee, or your La Croix, or whatever other beverage you drink that’s not classic liquid ice. It is so important to drink water whether you’re in meetings or not.
Part of how I actually stay focused and productive is by staying hydrated. Your skin will glow and your body and mind will feel right. I swear Summer Fridays is not sponsoring this post, I just had to share an idea of how water bottles can be stylish and a trendy everyday accessory.
Yes, I do feel like I’m going to the bathroom all the time. However, that’s a small sacrifice for the benefits that drinking water provides. The next time you’re about to hop into a Zoom Meeting grab a glass of water and *insert TikTok voice* get into it!
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Author William Samayoa
Marketer by profession and storyteller by passion. L.A. raised, proud Latino, and pop culture enthusiast.