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How to avoid working from home burnout

26.08.2020
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For those who are still working from home (or those that have gone back to working from home), they may now be in their sixth consecutive month where there’s little balance between what they do professionally, and personally.

When work is sitting in your personal space, it’s far too easy to work early, or late – or both. Accidentally spotting that “urgent” email just before you’re about to go to bed could be incredibly damaging long term.

The stress of constantly working (or constantly thinking about work) is dangerous. Our bodies and minds simply aren’t designed to be “on” all the time.

Being in IT and cloud services & solutions, while helpful for remote working, it has not made it seamless either.

 Here are our top 3 suggestions to avoid WFH burnout.

1) Have physical ways to transition from personal you to work you, and back again:

The easiest way to do this is to set up a dedicated workstation that’s strictly used for work. Even a specific seat at a table can be dedicated to work, even if you sit in other seats to do other things, like eat or play games. Some people dress for work each day, so they can change their clothes to mark the end of the working day.

2) Set strict work hours and stick to them: 

9 to 5 might be impossible. But you can still have set work times, even if they’re scattered throughout the day. Make sure your family knows when you’re working or not working. This is where having a set physical space can really help. In your non-work hours make sure you only do non-work things. And do… not… check… your… emails 😀

3) Prioritise what really matters: 

The other downside of sitting surrounded by work all the time is that there’s always something else that can be done. There’s no point working on minor tasks at 11pm at night, because the chances are, you’re not actually achieving anything meaningful. Assume you have three-four hours of truly productive time each day. And make sure you get and stay organised to achieve the most important things in this time.

How are you handling working from home? Shoot us an email with your experience – itsales@oas.com.au

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