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How to Avoid Burnout

When it comes to your health and wellness, taking care of yourself should be a #1 on your priority list, but we also know just how easy it can be to fall into that cycle of overworking and eventual burnout. We’ve been there! But after some trial and error, we’ve discovered some of the best remote work tips, tools, and softwares to take tasks off your plate and help you effectively manage your workload so that you can avoid burnout. We know all of our fellow VAs out there know how great being a VA is, but they also know how easy it is to overwork and forget to take time for yourself. Here are a few of our favourite tips to avoid burnout while working remotely:

Utilize remote work tools and softwares

It seems like there’s an app for everything these days, including ones to help you manage your day-to-day business tasks. Some of our favourite work from home VA tools are Clockify, Canva, Mail Chimp, and Kajabi! These help to track you and your team's hours, manage your products and services, design and create content easier, and manage your email needs. The result? More of that needed R&R for you!

Time block your days into productive chunks

If you’re someone that has a hard time knowing when to take breaks, or maybe you take too many, this tip will be super helpful for you! To maximize productivity, we recommend working in set time blocks of whatever you need to do, followed by a timed break. For example, if you prefer to work in 45 minute chunks (nothing but work for 45 minutes with no distractions) followed by a 15 minute break, you would do that until you’ve accomplished your tasks for the day. We also find that keeping nutritious and fun snacks handy will not only keep you energized throughout your day, but are a great reward for the work you’ve put in, and in turn, help you avoid spending too long preparing food and make it easier to get through the items on your list.

Move your body

Maintaining an active lifestyle is crucial when you’re sitting for the majority of the day. Movement really is medicine and helps alleviate stress, produces endorphins, and boosts productivity. Not only does moving keep you from burning out, it also keeps you energized and happy so that you're able to keep up with the day-to-day tasks and feel your best, both mentally and physically.

Create a to-do list for the day, ranking the list from highest priority to things that could be done tomorrow or at a later date.

We recommend this method over a plain list because ranking your tasks will keep you from feeling like you weren’t productive enough if you don’t get through the entire list, because you accomplished everything that needed to be done that day. It also means that you won’t have to stress about missing deadlines or falling behind in your schedule — both being key factors in avoiding burnout.

We hope that these tips help you as much as they help us! We’ve learned that rest is very necessary for success, and that when working remotely it can be so easy to overwork and under rest. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, VAs, — we’ll see you next week! Be sure to like, comment, subscribe and follow us on social media @thatvirtuallife @canadas.virtual.assistant


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