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How to protect from work from home fatigue

Garden office chair and desk

How to protect from work from home fatigue

With more and more of us working from home in the last few years, we have encountered a unique set of conditions. While some of us love the flexibility and convenience of working from home, it doesn’t come without its challenges. 

Whether you are working exclusively from a home office, (see: uses for garden rooms) or spending only half your time at home, it can be exhausting. So much so, that these last few years have given birth to a new acronym WFHF – work from home fatigue. This is where you may feel unmotivated, disconnected and exhausted with your work environment. 

So what can help? This blog will cover two main points: 

  • What are the main reasons you are feeling so tired and burnt out at home 
  • And what can you do to help your work from home fatigue 

Why are you so tired working from home? 

Remote working may be the best work environment for some, with the comfort and convenience of just moving from your bed to your work. But realistically it does bring challenges. 

These are things like:

  • Feeling lonely from lack of real-time connection with colleagues and teammates 
  • A loss of control if this wasn’t your choice
  • A feeling of constantly being “ON” or at work and the resulting lack of work/life balance 
  • Having to work in a less than ideal environment with no privacy 
  • Sluggishness from a lack of movement and too much screen time 

How to help work fatigue

There are a few practical ways that you can help yourself with work from home fatigue. Some of these are taking steps to:

 

  • Switch from video to phone calls
  • Change up your workspace 
  • Take breaks and seeing people 
  • Putting away screens 
  • Setting boundaries 
 
Let’s look more into how to do this in your daily life. 
 
  • Switch to phone calls from video calls 

Sometimes a simple switch in your routine can deal with some causes of tiredness easily. If you are finding that you have a lot of meetings back-to-back during the week then ask some to be on the phone instead of Zoom, or try to combine meetings if possible to do so. 

Researchers in a recent study have found that “46.2% of all respondents reported feelings of fatigue or being overwhelmed, tired, or drained from the use of videoconferencing applications.” 

We tend to be focused on splitting our attention when we are on a video call, looking at the rest of the participants and also how we may be coming across on our screen. This can be exhausting. So why not try to book some of your meetings by phone, as it can be refreshing just having to focus on someone’s voice instead of any visual stimulus.

 

  • Access your workspace 

Try to set up your workspace for maximum comfort for you and your routine. Do you have a dedicated space for work? If not, could you invest in this moving forward? 

One way to make the most of available space is to have a garden room office built in your garden. Garden rooms are practical and can work really well as offices and give you the space to make sure you get the work done without interruption. With a variety of different options, including a garden office pod, at Createspace we can help you get the right garden office space for you. 

Also essentials like a big enough desk, ergonomic chair and monitor stands can all improve your posture and overall wellbeing. Especially if you are working from home for the foreseeable future, making sure you have an assigned space for work can help with boundaries and improve your productivity. 

 

  • Have small breaks 

Usually, if you were in an office you would walk from meetings, pop to grab a drink from the kitchen, chat with your co-workers throughout the day. You wouldn’t spend the whole eight hours of your working day glued to your desk. So why should working from home be any different? 

Make sure you are moving and taking regular short breaks. Stretch, grab some water, or message a friend. One practical way to do this is to use the Pomodoro technique. This time management technique is a good way to break up your day and ensure you are having regular breaks.  

 

  • Meet up with colleagues in real life 

If it’s possible it can be a real morale booster to spend some time with your teammates in real life. Maybe working together in a co-working space, or even meeting socially for drinks can help with feelings of isolation. 

If it’s not possible to reach out to colleagues then could you maybe work with some friends or family who are in the same position as you? Many cafes and co-working spaces are practical to meet up in and can improve your mood. 

 

  • Get away from the screen 

For a lot of remote workers, the feeling of constantly being connected and at work is a cause of stress. This may be easy to think of a remedy, but possibly harder to implement. Ideally plan a time to turn off your notifications and take time away from your screen. This can be great to do on your lunch break, but definitely make sure that you don’t have your notifications on after your work day. Turn your phone off for a time if possible.

During your day-to-day moving your meetings outside can be a great way to mix it up and give your brain something new to process. This can re-energize and re-focus you on your work. Having green space around you with a garden room office can also be refreshing. 

 

  • Are you working to your natural rhythm? 

One of the joys of a more flexible working routine is being able to adjust your schedule to suit you. If your company/boss is happy, have you thought about working more flexibly?

All of our body clocks are different and run to their own rhythms. Do you work better in the morning first thing? Or do you have more focus in the afternoon? Are you even a night owl that feels productive in the evening? Working from home can give you the chance to work with your rhythms and not against them.

 

  • Have clear boundaries 

One thing is clear, it’s important to have strong boundaries when it comes to working to ensure that your personal life and family don’t suffer. A lack of these boundaries is one of the main causes of work from home fatigue. 

Separate your workspace from your living space if you can and work there exclusively during the day and don’t use it post-work hours. If you can, maintain a strict “finish” time for work and log off all your devices at that time. 

Working from home can bring challenges, but one way to improve your work from home routine is by having a dedicated home office. If you would like to talk to us about creating your own bespoke garden room office in the Brighton and Hove area, get in touch with us today

We would be happy to advise you on your project, to ensure that you get the best garden room office for you. If you would like to look at a brochure of our portfolio, you can download your free copy here. 



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