Written by Andrei MoraruJul 21, 2020

2020 has been a year of many ups and downs. Especially if you've made the mistake of watching too much 24-hour news networks, but that's another discussion for another day. Many of us have found ourselves working from home because of various lockdowns. And most people didn't really know how to handle the situation at first and most probably still have some issues in adapting to the temporary situation.

The main issue you may encounter when working from home will almost all the time be that of trying to overcompensate. What I mean is that, due to the fact that you are no longer in an office, where your boss could see you working, you may have a tendency to start putting in more hours. Such a tendency is natural. You fear that your boss will think you're slacking and as such, you want to show him/her that you are not actually slacking and are putting in great work.

There is only one problem with this approach. And the problem with it is called burnout.

Clock Time Management Burnout Remote Work

When you try around the 9-to-5 approach to life, with no breaks in between, you will inevitably tire yourself out in time. And that time is not that long. It may be a week, it may be a month, but there is only so much dopamine your body can handle without crashing the second you take a break.

And I get where this is coming from. Trust me, I've been in the same situation 2 and a half years ago when I first started working remotely. But in time, I came to understand that, even though I was at home, there was no need to destroy myself working too many hours. Because guess what, once you do that consistently, your managers will expect you to do it on a daily basis. And the road to getting out of that situation is paved with an inevitable job search.

Schedule Time Management

So, how does one go about avoiding this type of burnout?

We'll go through some pointers and you'll see that basically everything boils down to having a schedule and sticking to it:

Having the urge to prove yourself is natural. Just make sure not to destroy yourself in the process.

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