Some people handle loads of work better than others, and it’s okay if you’re one of those people that don’t. However, to avoid a burn out before it’s time to retire, there are a few steps you can take to maintain a keen focus and sharp attentiveness to your work.
Tip: Sometimes work fatigue is less about how often you work and more about how you feel about your job. If you find yourself dreading going to work every day, even after implementing these tips, then perhaps it’s time to consider a career change.
Work for Two Hours, Then Take a 10-Minute Break to Walk Around—Repeat for the Duration of Your Workday
The typical workday lasts 8 to 9 hours [unless you work in a sporadic-hour job doing something like hydrostatic testing Texas] with a lunch break in the middle that allows workers to satisfy their growing hunger.
However, the best thing you can do to avoid work burnout is to take a 10-minute walk-around break every 2 hours—when possible. This keeps your mind from becoming too sluggish after staring at the same work for hours on end.
Work from Home? Routines are as Important at Home as They Would Be in an Office
Sure, you can work from home in your pajamas, but you should still establish a routine that pulls you through the important motions of your workday. Otherwise, you might find yourself taking the home portion of your work-from-home job for granted, resulting in zero work getting done and laziness setting in.
Commit to Clear, Concise Goals to Ensure None of Your Workday is Wasted
Your workday should be separated into goals in a schedule that keeps your hours flowing until you can clock out and go home. Keeping yourself busy in between breaks is a good way to ensure your brain remains engaged while you accomplish everything you need to.
In some instances, setting and smashing clear, concise goals might earn you an extra day off because you will have completed ahead of your workload.
Leave Work Where It Should Be—At Work
Work is work. Home is home. And never the two shall meet—even when you work from home. How in the world should that work? Think about work when you’re supposed to and home when you’re there. Be present in the moment for the latter but plan your workloads and consistent breaks for the former.