Work-from-home burnout is no laughing matter as it turns out to be real. As many people, probably you and I, are suffering from it, how can we deal with it?
Prior to discussing the ways to fight against this taxing burnout, we better identify the roots of the problems. As an old wise saying says, know your enemy or keep your friends close and your enemies closer (or something).
While the causes actually vary, we can generalize them as having too much responsibility, no clear distinction between work and home, and bad scheduling. We can also include unexpected disturbance such as our kids asking for a treat too.
Now that we have identified the crux of the issue, it is time to talk about how to solve it. Harvard Business Review gives several tips on how to deal with work-from-home burnout.
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Make the Physical and Social Distinction Clear
Referring to having no clear distinction between work and home, the first thing you have to do is, obviously, to make it clear. In so doing, there are actually many ways to do so as everything comes back to your creativity.
However, what we can suggest is that you can dedicate a certain space in your home and redecorate it as your workspace. In short, we can make our own home office so we can feel the vibe of the office. If necessary, you can also wear a casual work outfit during the work hours at home.
Reschedule your Work Hours
To address bad scheduling, you have to reschedule your work hours. However, as many people are not company owners, you indubitably have no power to reschedule everything as you please.
That said, you still can rethink of your time management by listing when the conference calls usually happen, setting your daily deadline, and allocating time for possible interruptions. Since you probably cannot do much in scheduling, you can suggest your bosses to follow these advice by sending them this article.
Stick to Your Daily Work
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, there must be someone in your office who try to be overproductive. Now that we are in the COVID-19 lockdown, you have to prove that you are still productive even if you are at home.
In short, you need to stick to do what’s important and determine what’s need to be done in a day. By doing this, you can still be productive so long as you report everything you do within a day. Being overproductive, in addition, is another thing.