As a seasoned telecommuter, I have thoroughly enjoyed the past few years of working in my pajamas. Don’t get me wrong, while the work environment appears to be any long commuters dream, the inability to “leave for the day” makes it very difficult to separate work life from home life. I find myself sneaking a peek at my emails while I am making dinner, quickly checking my tablet while I am playing with my children, sending a work email or two before I go to bed, or even worse – waking up in the wee hours of the morning to get a jump start before the rest of the world. The inability to “walk away” creates an imbalance of work life and personal time. The solution: self-control and time management. Learning to effectively manage my time and saying “no” during my off hours has brought a whole new sense of freedom and (in the long run) a solution to potential burn-out.
Forbes Magazine published an article in April 2013 discussing the potential signs of burn-out. In 10 Signs You’re Burning Out and What To Do About It, they define the term “burned-out”, what it signifies, and the importance of avoiding it.
The American Psychological Association’s David Ballard, PsyD describes job burnout as “an extended period of time where someone experiences exhaustion and a lack of interest in things, resulting in a decline in their job performance.”
Left unchecked, burnout can wreak havoc on your health, happiness, relationships and job performance. In order to catch burnout and combat it early, it’s important to know what to look out for.
It is important to make time for oneself and keep an equilibrium amongst work and personal life. Letting one outweigh the other will not help anyone (including myself) in the end.