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.

How to Avoid Burnout While Working Remote

The reality

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 towalk away creates an imbalance of work life and personal time.  

The solution to burnout: 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.

Not sure where you stand? Take our quiz to see how close you are to burning out. You may have it managed more than you realize or you may be kidding yourself and need to take a step back. The right questions can make you look at a situation from a different perspective.

Remote Work is Here to Stay

More and more companies are embracing the idea of working from home forever OR increasing the amount of time you can work from home versus being in the office.

Whichever method you, your company, or your employer decide – create a routine/ritual each day and stick with it.

Need more suggestions on how to avoid burnout? Keep reading here.

Image by Ulrike Mai from Pixabay

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