Since working from home (WFH) & social distancing has become a precautionary measure towards combating the pandemic coronavirus, the switch from office to home working can be new challenges for a lot of people (especially for the extroverts). While some people praise the autonomy & flexibility WFH offers, the lack of social interaction, silence, and absence of others can quickly drain the energy of extroverts.
It gets worse when the mind is filled with too much news and information related to the pandemic. As I recharge best by being around other people, I find these moments to be quite frustrating, too. Despite its ups and downs, work itself isn’t an issue. Yet, I felt it’s ironic when there are not many discussions regarding maintaining the emotional, psychological, and social well-being of ours as a human being during the quarantine.
Every time people talk about WFH, they usually refer to routines, productivity, and results. It seems not many of them want to spend time thinking about how to keep everyone sane in times of crisis. It’s deep and no fun. They prefer to think of ways to be more efficient and how to deliver outcomes despite difficult times, right?
However, it’s not the procrastination that threatens productivity, yet the feeling of disconnectedness from the outer world that may cause it. When the lines between work and non-work become blurry, the closer we get to burnout. And let me remind you, poor well-being may cost the economy billions of dollars. It may be worse than the virus itself.
How? When you’re overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed, it will affect your ability to work and deliver results, therefore, contribute to the economy and the business you’re in. Not only that, but the side-effects of burnout may also easily get into other aspects of your life including family & social life.
The following are some ways to avoid burnout while working from home.
“Focus on What You Can Control”
I bet you’ve heard this gazillion times, but it’s the truth. People say the future of work has arrived and COVID-19 has introduced us to the new normal. No matter how hard it gets, we all need to accept the fact that the virus may be here for many months to come. There are a lot of things in life, most of which you have no control over right now. But there are also many things we can. The lists including:
Setting boundaries with regular work hours
Sticking to a 9-to-5 schedule may be hard for WFH warriors, but we don’t have to be on all the time. Let people know your ‘out of office’ time will help you sane.
Maintaining physical and social boundaries
Say goodbye to your pajamas when working from home. Get up, dress up, and show up on time even though this new ‘office’ is a few feet away and requires no commute.
Structuring your day based on what truly matters most
Having way too many things on your plate is frustrating (especially when you can’t yell to anyone). If you can’t delegate the work to others, plan out what you’ll be working on ahead of time. Know when and how to say no to things that don’t count.
Limit your news intake while working from home
Only consume news from trusted sources and read/watch one or two times per day is enough to keep up with recent news.
Exercise, reading, cooking, or do anything that makes you happy
You don’t have to be productive all the time, but you may want to maintain your other activities outside of work to avoid burnout.
Last but not least,
Setting up regular sanity-check video call hours
A quick 30-60 minutes nonsense chit-chats with your friends / loved ones can make your quarantine days much more bearable. Really.
So, what do you do to cope with the working from home / quarantine days? Feel free to share what are your thoughts below