3 Ways to Avoid Remote Work Fatigue

If you have the privilege of working and from home this period, hurray!! You’re one of the few people who have something to do at home while practising social distancing other than binge-watching Netflix and endless Instagram scrolling. It used to be good advice to not bring work back home. Now it’s best you don’t work outside the house. And if Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s announcement becomes the new normal, the good old idea of the home as a safe space for relaxing after a tough day will need a redefinition.

Once you start working from home however, the novelty doesn’t last long. From endless Zoom meetings, constant chat notifications, the steady stream of bad news and toxic social media can quickly seep into your workday and hamper your productivity. Even sticking to a routine and deep work can begin to have diminishing returns on productivity.

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Here are 3 easy ways to make sure that you’re not dying slowly or becoming an overworked remote robot at home.

1.  Take a break.

Most times it is just what you need. I’ve had migraines develop after binge-working for several hours at a stretch over several days. While it sounds cool to show off how hardworking you are – and sometimes you have genuine tasks that demand that level of dedication, taking time off to recharge and rest your steaming brain will go a long way to ensure that you smash your goals with quality output.

Binge-working doesn’t come cheap. It can cause your blood circulation to slow down, cause painful cramps, the ever-ready headache… and depression

2.   Work in short spurts.

2018 sounds like distant yesteryear. Back then, remote work was just a side experiment and not a serious work style. Fast forward to May 2020 and remote work has cemented its place in the Dictionary of The Workforce.

One benefit of remote work, as a 2-year Stanford study points out is an almost insane boost of productivity – up to an extra full day’s work – from telecommuters. The study showed that remote workers found it easier to focus and deep work, a trait that accounted for the increased productivity.

While it may easier for you to focus better at home, it also means that you may find yourself working longer hours. Binge-working doesn’t come cheap. It can cause your blood circulation to slow down, cause painful cramps, the ever-ready headache, blood clots, insomnia and even depression.

While working remotely, consider taking a short five-minute break every 2 hours or so. Set an alarm if you tend to get lost in work and when it goes off, stop!

3.  Don’t forget to eat – not junk food.

It’s easy to just whip up a quick snack when you feel hungry or totally forget to eat at all while working from home. Don’t do it. Take some time to prepare or order a healthy meal and eat it hot.

Eating well is a definite yes if you want to stay healthy, productive and alert. Don’t compromise it for junk food. I know, I know it’s hard a treat now and then is OK, just don’t live off it.

It’s easy to get fatigued and not know it when you work from a “comfortable” space like your house. However, the cumulative effects in the long term is not a burden worth risking. Work hard, but don’t drain all your energies and stifle your creativity, by becoming a mechanical grunt.

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