Working from home is awesome. However, it does have a dark side. A recent survey from Robert Half shows 4 in 10 US workers report burnout due to having flexible schedules. These schedules, while a boon to some, are a problem to those workers because they are working longer hours. When you can make your own schedule from the comfort of your own people tend to work longer hours. So how can you prevent this and keep your remote-based job? Here’s how to prevent burnout while working from home.
How To Prevent Burnout While Working From Home: Create a Schedule
If you have the ability to create your own work schedule that’s fantastic! Many workers, even remote ones, have to work a specific shift. However, this perk has a downside: You may not create a consistent schedule, which can lead to problems for yourself and your coworkers.
So you need to create a schedule and make it known to everyone on their team. I wrote an article providing tips on how to create a work-from-home schedule you can read here. Once you create your schedule then you need to follow it. That way you know what your start and stop times. Thus, you’re less likely to keep working when everyone else on your team stopped for the day.
How To Prevent Burnout While Working From Home: Be Honest With Your Manager
In the Robert Half survey 35% of US workers are uncomfortable discussing their burnout with their managers. Some believe their manager will not care. Others are afraid being honest could put their job in jeopardy. Don’t fall into this line of thinking! If you are suffering from work burnout then you must talk with your manager.
Even though there is a possibility the truth could hurt your career it’s better to know if your manager cares or not. Thus, if you learn about the latter then you can make a decision whether to stay with your department or try to transfer to a new one. Or you may have to get a new job.
Yet, you may discover your manager didn’t know about your problems and really wants to help. Some employers provide “mental health days” or additional Paid-Time-Off (PTO) you can use to relax. More managers know times are still tough for many of their staff so they are more apt to help you.
Final Tip: Turn Off Your Work Devices When Not Working
The final tip on how to prevent burnout while working from home is to turn off your work devices when you’re off shift.
These devices keep us connected to work 24/7 so you can easily get caught up checking work emails, answering text messages, or hopping on your computer to do some work. When you do this then you increase your chances of burnout.
Instead of doing this I want you to turn off your work phone and your work laptop whenever you’re not working. That way you’re less likely to check for emails or answer messages. And you’ll finally feel free to use your free time the way you see fit, which improves your mental health.