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LaNella Hooper-Williams

Personal Branding Tips and Tools for An Authentically Empowered Career


April 16, 2020

WFH Burnout

Last week I joined a virtual happy hour with my homegirls from Pittsburgh.  Amid this #Shelterinplace situation, it was a pleasure to connect with friends that I have known for more than 40 years all at one time. A big shout out to my friend Marcia for bringing us together via Zoom.

It’s been a while since we have seen each other in person. Last year, we planned a Labor Day weekend getaway to celebrate our milestone birthdays with t-shirts, cake and all, but had to cancel all plans due to a tornado hitting the Hilton Head island the week before our arrival.

During our virtual conversation, we talked about how we have all been working remotely over the past month. The common thread throughout the discussion was how hard we were working since we’ve been at home.

“I feel like I’m working all the time,” exclaimed one friend.

“My afternoons are blending with evenings,” another one chimed in.

One thing was clear; we were all concerned about work from home burnout. 

While I’ve worked from home for many years, the added stress of the Coronavirus has made the experience very different. Sleepless nights, general health hazards, family demands, all-day snacking and lack of uncertainty for the future have all contributed to this heightened anxiety we are all feeling. The additional stress of living in New Jersey, the second largest Covid-19 epicenter has undoubtedly added another layer of nervousness.  

For those who need a more structured environment, working from home can be challenging. And 24-hour accessibility via mobile devices makes it even harder to stick to a 9-5 schedule, as well as easier to overstep personal and professional boundaries.

So how does one avoid burnout while working from home these days?

These are just a few recommendations that may help you avoid burnout while working from home. Who knows, you might get used to it and never want to go to the office again!

Do you have any tips on how to avoid burnout? Let me know.

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