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Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, millions around the globe have to make a sudden transition to remote work. While some might be concerned about maintaining productivity during this unprecedented arrangement, I feel the real issue at hand should be to maintain a lookout for burnouts caused by working from home (WFH).

Yes, you are seeing it right – WFH can cause burnouts, and such burnouts often happened without you realizing it. Hence in today’s post, I shall wrap up on this WFH topic with some useful tricks to prevent potential burnouts.

Insight 4: Maintain Physical and Social Boundaries

Research has shown that maintaining boundaries between work and life is crucial for well-being and work engagement. More often than not, people would subconsciously perform certain acts, or “boundary-crossing activities”, when they cross over to either work or non-work roles. These activities remind people that it’s time for a change: for instance, it’s time to be the “work you” where you have to be focused on work tasks and switch to your most productive state; or it’s time to be the “home you” where you can just snuggle up to the cushions on your sofas and turn on your favorite shows.

Such “boundary-crossing activities” can be something as simple as putting on your spectacles, to the more complicated tasks of commuting from home to work. To prevent potential burnouts, I will suggest you keep performing some form of these activities when you transit between work and rest while you WFH, even when no one’s there to actually supervise you. For example, you can put on your work attire when you sit down to work at home – nobody’s going to stop you from doing that. Casual Friday is fine, of course, but get yourself ready nonetheless so you can feel a sense of crossing over to ‘work’ from ‘rest’.

In the short-term, it may be a welcome change to be able to spend all day in your pajamas. However, please be advised that adhering to your normal boundary-crossing activities is going to do you much good, so don’t abandon them altogether. I will leave you to use your creativity when coming up with ways to maintain your usual work routines!

So, here’s a summary of my insights on WFH over the last few posts:

Insight 1: Treat ‘Work’ as the Accumulation of Individual ‘Tasks’

Insight 2: Mental Health Shouldn’t Take a Backseat

Insight 3: More Banked Time with Less Commute

Insight 4: Maintain Physical and Social Boundaries

Remember, we are all in this together, and there’s no shame in admitting that you might need more time to adjust to WFH. Keep your spirits up, and we will survive this crisis together.

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