In recent months, most of us have had to transition from working in the office to working from home. As you’ve probably found out during this time, these two work environments are completely different experiences. At home, it feels like there’s a never-ending list of to-do’s, and that this list seems to be more in your face (literally) than ever before. On top of that, there’s a vast number of distractions surrounding you including your children, your spouse, and other miscellaneous household chores. If you’re feeling a little burnt out from it all, you’re not alone. Millions of people across the globe are feeling exactly the same.
Based on that, here are three ways that you and your employees can avoid burnout while working from home.
1. Take Breaks
It’s easy to get caught up in all the projects that are on your plate throughout the workday, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a few minutes for yourself here and there. Let’s face it, staring at a computer screen and focusing on work for hours at a time with no break can make you mentally exhausted, and this is actually a huge reason why employees fall into becoming burnt out.
Make sure that you and your employees are taking a 10-15 minute break every two hours during the workday. This will help to clear your mind for a little while, and give you some extra energy to carry-on throughout the rest of the day.
2. Have a Designated Workspace
When working from home, you can become susceptible to all of the distractions around you. Whether it be helping your children with school or making them food, assisting your spouse with things that need to be done around the house, or even something as simple as taking the garbage out – it seems like distractions are everywhere.
When you have too many distractions around you while also trying to juggle your work, burnout is likely to occur. Luckily, there’s a way that you can avoid this – create a designated workspace inside your home. Find a room or spot in your house that you can turn into a makeshift office. Tell your family that while you’re in your designated workspace, you need time to focus solely on your work with limited distractions. Let them know that if they need anything, you’ll be around to help them while you’re on your break.
3. Set Aside Time For Self-care
Probably the most important key to avoiding burnout while working from home is to set aside time for self-care. We all are guilty of forgetting that taking care of our mind, body, and soul is more important than anything else in the world. Though, that’s easier said than done a lot of the time.
It’s vital that you take time throughout your busy day to do things for yourself such as working out (even if that means just taking a short walk), meditating, taking a hot shower, or spending a couple of minutes to catch up with your loved ones. Doing this can reduce your stress levels, and ensure that you won’t endure burnout.