17 Easy and Effective Ways to Prevent Burnout when Working Online

Are you tired of experiencing burnout when working from home? Well, you are not alone. Studies show that around 68% of individuals who work remotely face burnout. These are troubling figures that must be taken seriously. Thus, now more than ever, we must prevent burnout.

What is burnout?

Simply said, burnout is an extreme state of exhaustion—both mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion—mostly caused by one’s job.

Why should you prevent burnout when working online?

Burnout has many negative impacts on our daily work life and mental health. Depression, interpersonal troubles, social problems, and personal and professional discontent are some of the negative effects of work burnout.

Work burnout also greatly reduces our productivity since we cannot focus on the work at hand and get it done.

How can you prevent burnout when working online?

With these potential effects of work burnout in mind, it is critical to prevent burnout in the first place. In this article, we will look at 17 simple and effective tips and tricks that can help you prevent burnout when working from home. 

 1. Plan Ahead!

It turns out that the adage “if you don’t plan, you plan to fail”, applies here as well. Working from home requires a clear plan of what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. Planning ahead is the most important tip you can use to prevent burnout when working from home. Make a habit of planning before you start a project or a task. Some of the important things to consider when planning a project include the resources required, the amount of commitment needed, the effort needed, and the amount of time it will take to accomplish that particular project or piece of work.

2. Plan realistically.

To prevent burnout, you must make sure that you are realistic in all your plans. Be smart with your plans. Realistic plans are achievable, measurable, specific, and time-bound. Most of the time, we might find ourselves including too many tasks in one plan. For instance, if I am a YouTuber, I might find myself planning to release three videos per day. Well, this is not realistic, and if I am to stick to this plan, I will definitely end up in work burnout. If a plan is not realistic, revise it or discard it and build a better plan.

3. Do proper workload analysis. 

Another efficient technique to prevent burnout when working from home is managing and analyzing your workload on a specific project. To perform an effective workload analysis, you must first determine the goal of the project you’re working on. Then you must break down the project into smaller tasks and processes. Each of these jobs should have a time constraint associated with it. It’s worth noting that, jobs that are organized and completed in chronological order are more successful. For example, if I want to create a YouTube video, I can break the project down into smaller tasks as follows:

  • Determine the objective of my video
  • Determine the content I am going to have in my video 
  • Do keyword research for my video content
  • Record the content of my video 
  • Edit the video to make sure everything is okay, and it meets the initial objectives making it 
  • Make an attractive thumbnail for the video
  • Upload the video

Be disciplined and follow the plan you have created.

What is the need for a plan if you are not going to follow it?

Working online, or in any business for that matter, requires self-discipline. When it comes to preventing burnout, being disciplined is critical. If you have set yourself some rules, follow them.

4. Avoid working from bed.

I am sure you have heard stories about people who have achieved financial independence and can work from “bed”. While it is true that people now have more freedom than ever to work from anywhere in the globe, even their beds, this is the key cause of work burnout. You lose the essence of the ideal time to work when you work from bed. You could even be tempted to get up at 3 a.m. and work from the comfort of your own bed. We desire to be more productive and do more to make money online, but our mental health should always be a top priority.

At the beginning of the article, we saw some adverse effects of having work burnout, hence, it is essential to prevent burnout at any cost.

In this regard, it is critical to restrict our bedrooms as resting and relaxing areas.

5. Take breaks.

I understand that you want to be productive and accomplish as much as possible in the least amount of time. However, taking a break does not imply that you are lazy, nor does it prohibit you from reaching the objectives you have set for yourself. To prevent burnout, short breaks should be incorporated into your workday. Taking a break will greatly boost your productivity. Breaks will also allow your mind to relax. Going back to what you were doing after a break gives you more energy and better attention.

While we have seen the importance of taking breaks when working, we need to pay attention to what a break is and what a break is not.

The following are some examples that demonstrate what a break is not.

  • Shifting to another project you are supposed to complete
  • Turning to your social media handles
  • Checking the tasks that you have not completed

Now that we know what a break is not, let us look at what a good break is like

  • Taking a walk
  • Taking a short nap
  • Exercising or doing yoga
  • meditating
  • Playing with your children (if you have any)
  • Chatting or checking up on folks
  • Taking a light snack
  • Going grocery shopping

6. Take a vacation

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” 

If you are experiencing a mental breakdown or just need to reset your reset, then taking a vacation is your number one go-to solution.

Having short vacations is also one way we can use to prevent burnout.

Vacations prove to us that indeed there is life beyond our working areas. Having some rest allows us to meditate about life and streamline the goals and objectives we want to achieve.

When you’re on vacation, it is okay to concentrate on yourself and the things that make you happy. Of course, some of us consider our profession a hobby, but this is not true for everyone. If you are on vacation and work is one of those things that stress you out, then don’t think about it.

 Focus on the moment for a while.

7. Understand that you are human.

It is essential to be aware of your human limitations because they are not a bad thing to have. It is natural. Do not set yourself goals that are way too high to achieve. This will simply lead to unnecessary disappointments that will lead to burnout. Having a clear picture of what you can and cannot do can help you prevent burnout in the first place. In fact, trying to do something you are unable of doing will always lead to work burnout and time wastage.

8. One thing at a time.

Focusing on one thing at a time can help you get more done and at the same time prevent burnout. Don’t be a jack of all trades but a master of none. When you focus on a single task at a time you deliver high quality, because your concentration and attention will be on that one thing. Doing many different things at a single time can lead to burnout because your mind is not in one place. Doing a lot of things at a single time additionally causes unnecessary confusion.

9. Work out.

Working out can prevent burnout. Exercising gives us energy and allows our minds to relax. When you exercise, you can get your mind off the piece of work that you were doing hence reducing stress levels. Yes, when you exercise you get tired but after a few minutes of rest, you always feel more re-energized. This energy is what is needed to get things done. 

10. Check the amount of work you are doing.

To prevent burnout, you must monitor the amount of work you are handling. The truth is that there are times when the quantity of work we undertake is simply excessive. You are absolutely placing yourself in danger of burnout if you undertake a lot of work that is beyond your capacity.

Take up a job that is proportional to your energy and ability. After all, you’re a human, and we are both limited by our human capacities.

11. Invest in comfortable furniture and technology

High productivity is aided by comfortable furniture and devices. It is crucial to remember that burnout is not solely a mental issue. It is also about the physical body. So, if your furniture is uncomfortable and doesn’t allow you to adopt the proper postures, you’re likely to experience burnout and tiredness. As a result, it is critical to consider the comfort of a piece of furniture when selecting furniture for your home office.

The devices we use to do tasks can impact our productivity. If the devices do not meet your physical requirements, they can quickly cause you discomfort. For instance, the screen size and keyboard, among other things.

Our home office should be designed to meet both our physical and emotional needs to prevent burnout.

12. Build effective time management strategies.

Poor time management can lead to the inability to deliver a project or piece of work on time. Mismanaging our time can lead to a needless last-minute rush, increasing our risk of burnout. To minimize the last-minute rush, it’s critical to keep to the plan and timeline.

13. Eat Healthy.  

Eating healthy foods plays a significant part in our productivity when working. Generally, healthy living can improve the quality of our lives and boost our energy levels. One of the indications of work burnout is a decrease in energy levels. Clean eating is known to boost our energy levels organically. High energy levels are one way to prevent burnout.

14. Only use your working area for work.

When working from home, it is tempting to work from anywhere in the house. This can easily cause us to overwork. Restrict yourself to only doing work-related activities in the office or workspace.

15. Build and maintain your own personalized working hours.

When working from home, we are technically our own boss. We don’t have to follow someone else’s schedule. While this is advantageous, we can easily fall into a burnout trap. To prevent burnout, we must consequently organize our schedule within a timeframe of hours. Maintain regular work hours.

16. Stay away from all the devices for a few minutes.

The world has indeed become a small village. And that has been made possible by our devices and the internet. Browsing the internet from your mobile phone and computer gives you access to a vast amount of information. All this information can be overwhelming if you are trying to prevent burnout. That is why taking a break from your devices and doing something else that does not involve your devices has a huge potential to prevent burnout.

17. Don’t extend working hours to sleeping time.

All of us probably know how important sleep is to both our mental and physical health. Hence, to prevent burnout, you must ensure that your work schedule and sleep schedule do not interfere with each other. You can use tools such as an alarm to remind you that the day is over and it is time to sleep. Getting enough sleep also prevents burnout because when we are asleep, we are in a state of both physical and mental relaxation. When we wake up, we feel re-energized and ready to take on the work from where we left. 

Conclusion

Working remotely allows us the freedom to manage our location, time, and the number of hours we are willing to spend on a job in ways that the corporate world does not. Money and work are significant aspects of our daily lives, but mental and physical health is even more important. We must strive to achieve productivity while keeping the risk of suffering burnout at bay.

To prevent burnout, you should try some of the mentioned tips in this article because they worked for me. I hope that the same tips will help you prevent burnout while still achieving a higher level of productivity.

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