Tell me: when was the last time you really got away from work and took time just for yourself? Close all the noise – email, Slacks, texts, Twitter notifications, constant worry about this great project – and you just took a moment to regroup and refocus?
Here’s the thing: burnout doesn’t just happen when you spend long hours at the office. It is also a risk when you work at home, camped at your kitchen table in your sweat.
In fact, the risk could still be bigger given our current situation.
An expert told me that the suddenness with which many of us were forced to start working from home – while losing child care in many cases – combined with a seemingly endless global pandemic in sight means the risk of burnout has intensified.
No good news. We have had enough on our plates.
So here are the signs of burnout and what you can do about it.
Work-life imbalance. When you went to an office every day, there was a clear distinction between your professional life and your personal time. But now that you don’t have a commute to mark the start and end of your day and your desk can now be in your kitchen, you can end up working all the time if you’re not careful.
How to fight it: Define your work hours, communicate them with your boss and your colleagues, then stick to them. (Yes, there will be times when you work late, but try to be the exception, not the rule.) This can also help to create a signal that it is time for you to shift into gear. personal time: some people change into more comfortable clothes, go outside and hit the Wiffle balls, while others go running or exercising.
Lack of control. Employees who feel they are not in control of their schedules, interactions and time management are at risk of becoming exhausted.
How to fight it: Create a schedule of time for work, family, and yourself – and make sure you stick to it.
Missing social connections. Even if you are in an overcrowded house, your family members may not offer the same support as your colleagues for work problems.
How to fight it: You need to be more deliberate with your social interactions when you work from home. It takes a bit more effort, but keep reaching out to your colleagues: release them, set up a quick video recording, and lean on them like you would at work.
Hospitals look to VR to train doctors and nurses
Hospitals around the world are benefiting from the help of virtual reality to fill staff shortages.
This allows doctors and nurses with expertise in other areas, such as knee surgery or neurology, but little or no experience in the treatment of infectious diseases, to assist Covid-19 patients.
Just like that: 350 billion dollars disappeared in a flash
Well, it didn’t take long.
It took less than two weeks for the government’s $ 350 billion small business loan program to be fully operational.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created as part of the $ 2 trillion stimulus package and provides loan guarantees to small businesses while the economy remains on hold.
The first come, first served program was officially launched on April 3 and was plagued from the start. The government’s lack of direction has left banks and small business owners confused.
The rapid depletion was not unexpected: lenders had tens of thousands of small businesses waiting to apply before the program was launched.
There is some good news. Congress seems very close to adding more funds to the program.
Still haven’t received your stimulus check?
If you’re still waiting for your check from Uncle Sam, don’t panic.
About 60 million Americans have still not received their payments, according to CNN’s Katie Lobosco.
The government sent checks to around 80 million people last week, starting with those who filed their federal taxes in 2018 or 2019 and were scheduled to receive a refund and authorized direct deposit.
Make your small space functional … and beautiful
Being trapped inside your home for most of the day is difficult. And when your house is small (raise your hand), you feel like the walls are moving every day.
But do not worry. There are easy things you can do to make your “comfortable” space more livable during locking.
For $ 65, you can get a 20-minute virtual farm tour for up to six participants, and $ 100 will give you a 10-minute animal cameo at a corporate meeting with an unlimited number of people.