Top 10 ways to avoid work from home burnout

Top 10 ways to avoid work from home burnout

Work from home has been a huge trend now, partly caused by COVID-19, partly by companies realizing that office cost is a huge expense and their fear of people working less, or worse at home proved only to be a limiting belief.
I am working from home for the last 10 years, and love it. However, it takes time to adjust, find a perfect time, place, setting, tools, resources, and mindset.

Here are my Top 10 ways to avoid work from home burnout:

1. Celebrate your wins.

If you are not sure what to celebrate – let’s start with the win of not driving to work and saving money on gas or having more time to sleep or Netflix more, and most importantly not seeing that annoying Becky (place your least fav coworkers’ name here) in the office.

2. Create a perfect office space.

Keep in mind it doesn’t have to be an office space out of a catalog. I personally don’t have a dedicated office, but dream of an actual room with cute motivational quotes, boards etc. I made my couch my work-station. I purchased a coffee table with a lift-top and love it. That also helps me to be near the bay window, and I love seeing trees, squirrels, birds, chipmunks, and lots of natural light.
Here are a few ideas for a tiny office space.
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3. Add some scents to your office!

Yes. Working while inhaling essential oils is my thing. I love Clarity essential oil from Young Living to help me look at clients’ branding and web design concepts from different perspectives – one as me, the designer and strategist, and then as a potential client.
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4. Get dressed!

This is a big one. I have worked (busted) in pajamas many days and have to admit those were the days I was slacking the most, jumping through social media, running to the fridge more and hating myself and everything around me. So I don’t care what you feel comfortable in – wear something different than a set of PJs.

5. Schedule a walk or exercise time.

I wrote this in part as my commitment to do it more often. On those days I actually get out for a walk, either during lunch or after work,  I feel better, more accomplished, and happier.  A perfect break to my more sedentary, work-on-the-couch life 😉

6. Schedule time with friends or clients in person.

I know during COVID-19 Zoom and other online meetings were the only options, but as we transition back to normalcy schedule in-person meetings. I love scheduling my branding sessions or marketing strategy sessions with clients in person. I am happy I am not stuck at home, have a human connection, and can help others. So a big WIN WIN WIN on a path to avoid work from home burnout!

7. Take ME time seriously.

What makes you happy? What gives you a sense of relaxation? A hot bath? Do it! Reading a book? Do it! I am currently reading “The Code of the Extraordinary Mind” by Vishen Laknilani. You like crocheting? Planting? Gardening? Definitely DO IT!

8. Define your schedule.

Many people will advise you to schedule your time daily 9-5 or 8-4. For me, it doesn’t work. I get most creative in the evenings after the kiddos go to sleep. Yet on other days I wake up earlier and feel ready for that exciting contract – so for me, personally, I opt to listen to my body and my mood to schedule work when I am ready mentally and can ensure I am creative, detail-oriented and most productive.

9. To-Do list.

This is a must as it’s human to fall into a procrastination mode or assume we do tasks in 10 minutes that in fact take hours. I create my monthly to-do with deadlines and fun activities on it to keep me motivated. Also, a weekly list to keep me in check plus a daily Top 3 tasks. Note: I schedule those weekly and just shift or cross off faster if done. Download this beautiful to-do list here.

10. Mindfulness.

Work on your mind, attitude, and listen to your body. 
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All those aspects help you avoid work from home burnout too. 
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Please don’t hesitate to comment with your favorite ways to avoid work from home burnout!

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What I know for sure!

What I know for sure!

I usually write about my professional life. Here’s a twist.

As I talk to people of different ages, different life paths, and ideas I realize we are all so different and so connected at the same time.

What I Know For Sure –

    • Change is constant.

      For the good, and for the bad – it’s an ever-changing life principle. As soon as you accept that everything changes, you adapt to what’s coming next much easier. Holding on to what has changed or is about to change is much more painful. We age, we grow, we move, we die. We change. Weather changes. Life changes. Earth changes. Everything changes, shifts, and moves. It’s a constant transition. Let’s appreciate the change, whenever possible, or at least accept it as is.

    • No one is irreplaceable.

      This is a “tough love” quote I got from my dad. I do know you can (and should) strive to be the best you! Learn more, help others more, be nicer, kinder, better. That drive to be better makes you a better person, however, no matter what you do – you can always be replaced. Maybe for someone better or worse – yet, again, replaced. Acceptance is key in moving on.

    • Emotions are good.

      I have been always masking my emotions. Fear of rejection, fear of missing out, or fear of loneliness was strongly leading me into masking and pretending. Until I realized – I am me. I must love me. I must accept me. And that’s how I can be more authentic and build my tribe – by being true to myself, my ideas and emotions. Learning to say yes to things and people. Learning to say no very strongly is helping in loving and accepting who you are! Of course, all should be done nicely and respectfully. Accepting your emotions, working on yourself and trusting yourself are core values that should be voiced.

    • Letting go is a gift.

      Often extremely painful one, for sure. Yet by letting go you clear the energy, and open the door to the new possibilities. I am sure you have those stories too, of letting go of a painful situation only to realize in a few months or years that it was the best thing that could have happened to you! Blessing in disguise. Imagine staying in that painful relationship. Imagine still working for that psycho boss. Imagine still listening to “friends” whining and complaining…. See it was definitely worth it. Moving on. Letting go of a situation! Shedding a few tears to only later realize THIS was the best New Beginning.

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