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Sometimes unhealthy habits lead to overworking. Step back and take stock of your work habits, whether good or bad. See where you can improve on the bad, such as taking too many breaks, which leads to you doing overtime at the end of your workday.
Another bad habit may be taking too many Zoom or Microsoft Teams videos calls for the day, which impedes the progress of your other tasks, leaving you sluggish and drained. ‘Zoom fatigue’ Which is an actual thing, can be diminished by switching it up with phone calls instead or going for a walk while in meetings.
In addition, having no plan or schedule for your day or week can leave you scattered and flustered. Practice creating a daily or weekly schedule, even on slow days where workloads are light, by establishing simple tasks such as checking your email.
The other side of taking too many breaks is not taking enough. What better way to clear up the mental fog due to overwork or overcompensation?
If you feel intermittent breaks are not enough, instead of banking up on your allotted days off, use them to take time off on days you feel like you need a mental break from work. Sometimes being physically away from your computer screen for a day may remedy your fatigue.
Ensure you ask your supervisors in advance if possible and use discretion with how often you request them.
Be open to socializing with your colleagues about topics outside of work. Since the ability to meet up in a canteen or breakroom or along the halls of a building is non-existent for fully remote work, be intentional in being friendly now and then through your communication channels.
If you are experiencing loneliness, practice striking up casual conversations with your team during lunch breaks or while discussing work. You may attempt this by randomly saying hi or asking them how they are doing.
Also, try planning weekly or monthly team-building activities such as playing online games and answering trivia questions. As previously mentioned, humans are social beings, and we thrive in relationships.
Whether your remote team is scattered in the same town, province, country, or across different countries in the world, occasionally face-to-face meetings as often as is possible can be fun and fulfilling.
It can be quite an experience to meet people in real life for the first time. For international teams, try to plan an annual get-together in a country convenient for all to unwind and have fun while getting to know more about each other.
In circumstances where you are physically located near colleagues, befriend them by suggesting going on lunch dates, inviting them to field trips with your friend groups, or even to family dinners depending on the bond you have.
Having fun with people you like or bond with helps release the feel-good hormone, dopamine, which boosts mental health. Other positive effects of dopamine on the body are that it stimulates your creativity, causes you to be more attentive, and improves your sleep patterns.
If it is impossible to meet face-to-face with coworkers, do so with family and friends instead.
Change where you work on occasion. Set up a makeshift office space outside your home, in the backyard, or out on your front lawn, anywhere. A change in your physical environment is an excellent way to recharge, reestablish focus, and maybe even helps with feelings of isolation.
Being outdoors with a constant flow of fresh air can do wonders for your morale. Vitamin D from the sun also helps in mood regulation. Your fatigue could be a result of always being inside, away from the sun.
Suppose you like to travel and aspire to be a digital nomad. In that case, frequent trips to foreign countries where you can work from anywhere with your computer and reliable internet could be a viable option.
On a smaller scale, you can visit a café once a week or a relative’s house, rent an Airbnb nearby, or spend your workday at the beach.
There you have it. We delved into the root causes of remote work fatigue and provided practical tips and strategies to tackle burnout and maintain your well-being. Whether it is overworking or constantly feeling isolated, the causes of your fatigue can vary.
But deciding whether to acknowledge your bad work habits by setting boundaries or simply maintaining fellowship with your coworkers, depends on you. Knowing which area your fatigue stems from is essential so you can take or follow the appropriate measure to stop it.