Are you experiencing burnout today? Are there too many demands at work you don’t and can’t handle by yourself?

In this blog post, we’re going to discuss how to set yourself up to avoid possible burnout in the age of remote work.

Burnout is normal. It is something we all experience.

There are reasons we experience it more today than before, a few of these reasons are:

  • Remote work is here today. That means that you have to seriously know how to juggle work and your personal life, including your family time.
  • Negativity and toxicity of media cause mental fatigue. You think of many unnecessary things, un noble, distractions that you should manage in your mind.
  • Too much work, as businesses are eager to stay afloat and to thrive in this new normal. This pushes employees to work harder than before. And knowing that you’re working at home, managers and superiors would easily interrupt you with any additional work.

There are a lot more factors that lead to burnout. And so we’d like to address it today, I’ll be using A-V-O-I-D acronym for some tips on how to avoid burnout.

How to Avoid Burnout in the Age of Remote Work

Accept the changes in the new normal

Denying the realities of brutal facts of what’s happening right now leads to burnout.

People want control. But the reality of life is that there are certain things we can’t control.
And if human beings can’t control things, we tend always to find solutions as much as we can for problems we don’t have any resources to solve.

Accept the changes means you know what you’re in right now. What’s your new schedule? What are your new ways of work? How do you now communicate with your team members?

Either the situation changes you, or you decide to change to cope up with the situation.

Value margins and boundaries in your life

Margins and boundaries help us solve things that lead us to burnout.

Any extreme thing is dangerous. And it causes more harm than good.

So know when to start and when to stop your remote work. If it’s a fixed schedule, have a proper conversation with your superiors and let them know of your current standing.

Know when to work and when to take a rest. Even machines have what we call, “maintenance”. Your body needs some rest to get ready for another week’s work.

If that means you have to sacrifice some activities that consume most of your time, then do so, to have enough sleep for the next day.

For managers listening right now, take some time to get to know your people, understand what they’re going through. Instead of bombarding them with instructions, why not lead them through the crisis. You may not need to motivate them at all times, but provide means and ways to help them set up a good remote work schedule.

Operate in routines and flexibility

Many people stress themselves out because you want to achieve so many things all at the same time. They have rigid plans, goals. Don’t get me wrong goals are good. Visions are good.

But you have to know how to achieve your vision.

“You don’t rise to the level of your vision, you fall to the level of your habits.” – James Clear

Know what habits you want to establish in this new normal.

Don’t be afraid of the word, “habits” Habits don’t restrict freedom, it actually gives you more flexibility on other things. Because once you’re done with the most important things in your day attach to your habits, you now have more times to do other things.

Identify your stress triggers

What stresses you? Do you what stresses you?

Are you putting too much pressure on yourself? Is it because of the lack of focus that leads to less than average productivity? Do we have to balance work and life?

When you know your stress triggers, you can have ways to manage it. That’s when we learn our own coping mechanisms. Different people have different coping mechanisms when it comes to negative stress. So know what’s yours and apply that.

Develop yourself

Burnout caused by the demands of life can be avoided if you continuously grow yourself.

Develop your skills and your character to handle more responsibilities. You get stressed and burnout because you can’t handle tasks at work and in your personal life — probably because of a negative attitude.

Daily you check your attitude. Daily you increase your knowledge. Be a lifelong learner so you can increase your abilities to manage the demands of life.