Signs that you've reached a point of work saturation and how to tackle it
Hope everyone is doing well during the current pandemic.
Ever since March 2020, my country has been under lockdown. Majority of the professionals have been operating out of their homes and will continue to work from home till this year end. I loved the fact that I don't have to beat the traffic everyday to reach the office, was able to eat fresh meals and was happy to relax and work in the comfort of my home or rather comfort of my PJ's. Also, being a workaholic that I am, I was able to give more time to work everyday, sometimes 2-3 hours more than my standard working hours. I was continuously on calls or emails and was able to check in a lot of boxes as far as my KRA's were concerned. I was under the impression that this arrangement is perfectly working for me. I thought I have taken care of important tasks and may be able to relax a little in the coming months. But, I was given more and more responsibilities with each passing day.
However, by June end, I realized certain changes in myself. I was no longer willing to go the extra mile for my tasks. My concentration level was going down. Even small mistakes by my team members used to irritate me. I started hating those late night and weekends work related calls. My relationship with my manager and coworkers started deteriorating because of my cranky behaviour. My behaviour even impacted my personal relationship at home. I thought that I may run my course with this organization. This was a huge eye opener considering I refused a better job almost 7 months back stating I am really enjoying my current profile.
I realized what is happening is me reaching a level of saturation and decided to do something about it. So, I took a few steps to overcome the saturation level. I am listing them down below:
1. I took an entire week off. My boss was a bit surprised and asked what I will do with a week off during lockdown. but I was adamant. I honestly did nothing for 7 days. I was just laying on my bed, reading books and netflixing.
2. I made a schedule for myself when I joined. So no more work related calls or emails before 9 am and post 5 pm. Mornings are for reading and evenings are for exercising.
3. I called my old friends. They were pleasantly surprised with my calls and so was I.
4. I discovered my other hobbies such as gardening, rearranging my house, driving aimlessly and also did a hell lot of online shopping :)
I really can't say if these changes have had any impact on my productivity levels as such but they have definitely helped with my behavioural changes. I have become more patient with others. Always willing to help my coworker whenever they require any assistance. I continue to work on the tasks assigned to me but now I am fairly happy with my work then I was a month before.
P.S. This is my first blog. Your honest feedback is welcome.