Coronavirus pandemic has caused upheaval all around the world. With that millions of people around the globe have made a sudden transition to remote working.
The new reality has blurred the lines between our personal and professional lives, leaving many employees struggling to set healthy boundaries. Burning out early when transitioning from the office to working from home has become one of the most common mistakes to avoid for remote workers.
The World Health Organization (WHO), which recognized burnout as an “occupational phenomenon” last year, points to these signs and symptoms:
- Lack of energy or exhaustion;
- increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and
- reduced professional efficacy.
The world tends to think that working remotely is something awarded to employees who show their worth or successful freelancers who own their own businesses, but working from home or remotely can be for just about anyone.
Below are some ways to avoid burnout while working from home.
Do not over-pressurize yourself with work. When you work remotely, you have the leverage to set your own schedule and work at your own pace. Take breaks to help you relax and rejuvenate.
Take Regular Short Breaks during Working Hours
When working from home, some people tend to work continuously at their desks because they don’t take regular “short” breaks, like they do in the office. A short 5-minute break every half an hour or so is recommended to help you stay focused over a long period of time, gives your eyes some rest, and improves productivity.
Look out for Burnout Symptoms
One of the surest ways to avoid burnout is to know if you’re starting to feel it. If you feel something’s not just right and burnout symptoms are showing up, it’s high time you change the way you work.
Set Deadlines and Meet Them
The flexibility of WFH does not mean you can start slacking off. Communicate with your manager if you feel you’ve excessive workload that is way more than what you can handle.
Communicate Regularly with Colleagues
Sitting in a closed home-office space, without coworkers can make people feel alone and isolated. However, remote work does not mean you stop communicating with your colleagues, managers, and bosses. Schedule video calls, make a phone call, chat instantly with other team members to stay connected.
Use the Best Tools for Work
Lack of collaboration and complex project management can add up to the employees’ stress. Using the right tools and equipment is crucial to simplify task management and collaborate effectively with others.
Spend Quality Time with Family and Friends
Disconnect from the work at the end of the day and dedicate time to your loved ones. Don’t let remote work cut into your personal time. Live, laugh, and love, and see how it does wonders for your morale and overall health.
Set Up a Dedicated Workspace in your Home
Maintain your professional outlook towards work while working from home, and having a dedicated home office can help you do your work. Carving out a dedicated workspace in your home can help you draw a line between your personal and professional life.