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 our well-being during the quarantine.
Every time people talk about WFH, they usually refer to routines, productivity, and results. It seems not many that want to talk about how to keep ourselves sane. It’s deep and no fun, isn’t it?
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, it will contribute to the economy and the business you’re in. The side-effects of burnout may also easily get into other aspects of our 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. 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:
Set Work-Life Boundaries
In this COVID-19 situation, establishing boundaries between office & family lives is almost impossible. Back when we worked at the office and dreamed of working from the comfort of our home, we thought WFH means freedom. Unfortunately, that’s not always how it happens. You may find yourself still working on that task at 8 or 9 P.M. or even midnight. It can be because you procrastinate on day time or you are busy that you even missed out lunch & dinner. Though it’s hard to stick to 9-5, we have to set boundaries related to the time, space, and how we dress up.
Even though we are at home, we have to set regular work hours. Let people know our ‘lunch & out of office’ time. Another way to set boundaries is by dressing up properly — no pajamas allowed. In this new normal, let’s learn to get up, dress up, and show up on time even though this new ‘office’ is a few feet away and requires no commute.
Structure Your Day by Working on What Truly Matters Most
Having way too many things on your plate is frustrating. If you are working in a startup or as an entrepreneur, we frequently changing the activities we’re doing. Deep down, we don’t always know which metrics are important, so we try to analyze and do (or delegate) everything. Structuring the day is a great way to enforce a measurable approach of how we work in the age of COVID-19.
Always start with why. If we are doing something and it’s not attached to a goal, it’s another day wasted. Whenever we work on something, ask ourselves, “What impact will I make based on this work?” If you can’t answer that, you probably shouldn’t be doing that work in the first place.
Set Regular Sanity-Check with Friends, Family, Colleagues, or Anyone You Close with
Living through this pandemic situation is tough. A quick 15-30 minutes non sense chit-chats with our inner circle can make our quarantine days much more bearable.
So, what do you do to cope with the working from home / quarantine days? Feel free to share are your thoughts below 🙂