Create Boundaries – When you’re working from home, your work and home life boundaries quickly dissolve. This is especially true for anyone who doesn’t have kids or other responsibilities at home and is, therefore (seemingly) bored when they’re not working. It’s important to remember that just because you might be free to work extra hours, doesn’t mean that it’s the best thing for you mentally. With this in mind, create boundaries with your colleagues to make it clear that when you’ve clocked out, you’re unavailable. Obviously, there will be some exceptions to this rule, in the same way, that when you leave the office there will be times when you’re still needed for a quick call, but generally speaking, lay down boundaries to avoid burnout.
Lack Of Control – A lack of control stems from any lack of schedule. It can be overwhelming when your usual schedule is thrown off whack, and it can be doubly so when you’re working from home. When you’re feeling that lack of control in time management and general schedule, you’re putting yourself at a risk of burnout. If you want to be productive it’s important to make sure that you’re feeling grounded in a routine. Start from scratch if you need to, make yourself a step-by-step schedule that you follow diligently, to take back some control. Sure, this might need to change from time to time, and flexibility is always important, but generally speaking, this helps you to prevent burnout in the long run when working from home. It also improves your overall productivity, which helps you to feel good about your work.
Communicate – When you’re working from home, you don’t get the usual daily interaction and interruptions that you might have in the office. Although this may improve your productivity it can very quickly lead to burnout. We need those short, human interaction breaks to help us refocus and recharge. This being said, make sure to communicate regularly with your team. Whether that’s through team meetings or just general check-in with your work-mates, make sure to stay in regular contact to improve productivity and avoid burnout.
Prioritize – Although everyone is doing their best to stay on top of work during this uncertain time, for the most part, work itself is creating a sense of normalcy for many whose lives have been turned upside down by this new reality. As much as you may want or try to focus solely on work, there are many other, very real worries that you may be facing. Whether these are financial or health-related, it’s crucial that you prioritize your needs. If you need a break, allow yourself one. If you need to be with family, allow yourself that (social distancing regulations allowing it, of course). That’s not to say that you should be ignoring your work, but in order to avoid burnout, allow yourself to put your needs first to ensure your own health during this time.
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