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Working from home has become the new normal. The majority of the world has been forced to start working remotely since the Coronavirus pandemic hit. Though life is gradually going back to normal, many people are still working from home. Initially, some saw this as a good thing but challenges, such as burnout and Zoom fatigue, quickly arose. Here are some strategies and healthy habits you can employ to avoid burnout while working from home.
Create a Routine
Even though you’re not going into the office every day, it’s crucial to develop a routine at home. You could maintain your old routine by starting your day as if you were going to the office. On the other hand, you can create a whole new routine for yourself that suits you. Whether it’s setting standard working hours and breaks or even getting dressed every day; overall, what matters is instilling some type of consistency and structure to help maintain a work-life balance.
While working from home you’ll be coming up against inevitable distractions, ones you wouldn’t regularly face at the workplace. It can be difficult to find a good work-life balance which makes it that much more important to set boundaries. Setting ground rules with the people around you, such as family, will help them understand your need for a distraction-free environment. It is also critical to put home-based concerns such as doing laundry, making dinner, or playing with the kids, in the back of your mind until you can get to them. Setting these reasonable boundaries will allow you to be more productive and helps you avoid any additional stress.
Dedicate a Workspace
Many people need a work environment to help keep them motivated and get work done. Recreating the office environment can make working from home so much more efficient, enabling you to be more productive. Dedicating a workplace for yourself not only establishes an effective setting for you to focus but also allows you to separate between personal and working equipment and areas. Dividing your personal and work life while working remotely is necessary to help aid your mental health and prevent burnout.
Take Regular Breaks
The benefits of taking regular breaks are usually underestimated. Spending too much time sitting in one place is never good, even when you’re at the office. Taking breaks and physically leaving your workspace is essential while working from home, it can improve your health and quality of work. You can break up a remote workday by going outside, having lunch, or taking a walk which can help leave you feeling mentally and physically refreshed.