Fighting Burnouts With Automation

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Fighting Burnouts With Automation

Despite the importance of a work-life balance being known to all, the struggle to draw the line is real. This is greater when someone engages in remote working. There are baby steps one can take to minimise this stress. Establishing a healthy schedule in this competitive world is a mammoth task and has made us guilty for taking breaks. However, this is important to ensure you do not have a burnout. 

Establishing a routine

Working from home might make your life outside of work seem like a blur. The best thing one can engage in is having a morning and evening routine (and an afternoon one, too). This should be a time you set aside for yourself, where you engage in activities that will help you. Stretch for a few minutes, try out meditation, have all your meals on time (and don’t go for microwavable ones all day!). Have a natural end to your day, perhaps by playing board games or by cooking dinner. You could use apps that will remind you to stay hydrated. This way, you are also prioritising yourself.

Making your work schedule available to your team can be very beneficial. They’ll know when to reach out to you and when to remind you to go to bed.

Apps like Google Calendar and Outlook Calendar can be of great use. You can also set an automatic schedule on your Slack to indicate when you’re outside of work. This can be integrated to your Calendar so that your daily events are automatically updated. 

You can also try enabling Philips Hue. With this, you can switch off the lights at a time that you decide (maybe to try using some brute force on yourself!)

Give yourself breaks

Burnout is real. Do not try fighting it. I repeat, do not.

Productivity is not directly proportional to the number of hours you sit glued to your workspace. It is about you finding your focus to get work done. The most effective way to do this is to have a strict break schedule.

Block time off your calendar for your meals. This can be done by connecting Slackbot notifications to your Calendar app to notify you and your team about your meal time. You can also connect this to your chat tool to send you regular reminders.

Use techniques like the Pomodoro technique (where you work for 20 minutes and take a 5-minute break). You can also create your own break bot to send reminders via SMS, Slack, Microsoft Teams or Google Hangouts.

You can do anything you want to during this break. It is for you. 

Draw boundaries

Saying no is important, especially when you work from home. This can help you avoid piling up tasks and save you from a lot of stress. Say no when you must. Ignore texts and emails after work hours. These are things you should be doing. 

You could switch on an automatic, timed ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode on your Slack. You can also pause this whenever there is urgent work that needs to be done. 

On apps like Microsoft Outlook, a ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature is available. However, on Gmail, you will have to make do with autoresponders. You can alternatively switch on text alerts for mails you might receive from a specific individual.

Fighting burnout can, by itself, be exhausting. However, it is the best thing to do. By depending on automation, you can give yourself some stress of having to manage your tasks and work from home each day. The things you do outside of your work is what helps you keep your work life in one corner of the room. By establishing and sticking to a routine, you can be mindful of your actions and live in a healthier manner.

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