Internally at designDATA, we have been focused on staying connected and checking on each other. Many times, we have heard staff say, “What day is it?” or “I feel like I work past 5 pm more often now than before.” Are we showing greater loyalty by sending emails after 6 pm on a Friday because we work from home? This is an interesting topic and can apply to most of us in this remote work environment. The Harvard Business Review published some tips about this topic in the article, Avoid Burnout. It’s important to manage your work-life balance, develop routines, and set boundaries. It has been a challenge for all of us to some degree.
At designDATA, we share calendars to help with meeting scheduling and work management. A new modification across the company is the use of unified colored categories in our Outlook calendars to categorize blocks of time. As an example, block the time, “personal”(grey), to remember to check on the kids who should be in Distance Learning, not playing FortNite. Perhaps, you are scheduling team huddles or check-ins, use a specific color so at quick glance you could quantify how many reoccurring meetings you have for the week. This tip should help avoid burnout and increase productivity with some planning and effort. Plan your balance and set your boundaries.