Happy weekend, Remote Work Tribe, and welcome to another Weekly Roundup! Our Weekly Roundups cover everything remote work and leadership, including those not-so-pleasant topics like imposter syndrome. This week, we want to focus our attention to something that can plague entry-level remote employees and C-suite executives alike: burnout.
Burnout can be described as a state of exhaustion typically brought on by chronic stress. In the remote landscape and the professional hemisphere, burnout does not discriminate. Any employee working long hours and not caring for their personal needs, or toiling away over tasks that don’t feed their purpose, can be susceptible to burnout.
On Wednesday, Twitter user Stacy Minero posed a fantastic question about burnout prevention strategies:
Twitter users, including full-time remote workers, immediately chimed in with their burnout prevention tips:
Dance & jump on trampoline. Bike ride, meditate, write on twitter & linkedin. BS w/ cands. Today I prescreened new cand. He cracked me up & we were both hysterical – yesterday i felt so burnt & a fave coworker reminded me, detach when burnt out. Stop trying pic.twitter.com/6eK5C8cPcv— Karen Isaacs (@InterviewLady) February 24, 2021
big: sit in silence for 20 minutes— rob (he/him) (@robistyping) February 24, 2021
small: drawing silly animals
Take a day off and be mindful of feeling guilty about “all the stuff I still have to do” or “all the stuff I’m behind on.”— 🟣 Rhiannon Payne 🌙 (@rhiannon_io) February 24, 2021
Energy is drained even during a day off if you’re stewing in guilt and anxiety over it.
And of course, you know the folks over here at Remote Work Tribe couldn’t resist sharing our own burnout prevention tips! 🔥
1⃣ Schedule blocks of time to take uninterrupted lunch or coffee breaks.— RemoteWorkTribe (@RemoteWorkTribe) February 24, 2021
2⃣ Create distinct boundaries by powering off certain devices or muting notifications once the work day ends.
3⃣ Establish a prioritized to-do list with an understanding that not EVERYTHING must be done.
If you feel like you may be on the brink of burnout, we urge you to check out our additional burnout resources. At the end of the day, no job is worth your mental health. Reach out to a trusted friend or colleague to start implementing changes that can help you detach and recharge starting today.
If you’re looking for a laugh (or some interesting insights!) before you leave, check out what else the Twitter universe was up to this week.
The Tribe’s Weekly Vibes
1. This marriage between online and offline.
2 This reminder that there’s no final point of success.
3. This awesome thread on building a great remote team.
4. This push to solve for problems, not just create product.
5. This perfect remote work set up for those who can’t sit still for more than 15 minutes (like us!).
6. This honest representation of countless Clubhouse speakers.
7. This top of the line blessing we all hope for. Praise be, indeed!
8. This reminder to take a ride on the wild side every now and then.
9. This sad excuse of mental health support—people-first leadership matters.
10. This struggle social media managers have really been hit with lately (we’re here for ya’ll!).