Avoid WFH burnout. SFH and (re)master your career
When your boss cuts you off with, “Let’s take that offline” (AKA: shush), you’re torn between scheduling an F2F to prove your idea is mission-critical and wondering if going offline is technically possible when you’re WFH (and if you even care.)
Where’s the casual Monday morning desk hover, comparing weekends with your teammates to ease yourselves into the working week? How can you be really sure that you understood what the presentation meant since there’s no colleague to ask? And what about the post meeting corridor debrief?
Working from home is a double-edged sword. At best, it makes you more productive – both in your professional life and your life admin. At worst, you feel socially isolated and have no idea if your colleagues even like what you’re delivering. Self-doubt creeps in and consumes you. Little by little, you begin questioning your whole career. Rinse, repeat.
It’s like piling isolation on top of iso.
That’s not how it should go down. You deserve fulfilment (and a fuller pay cheque, while you’re at it.) You can't control how others respond to you. But you can control how things pan out by equipping yourself with the most powerful piece of career PPE known to humankind: knowledge.
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Unmask a new professional pathway
You’re on a team video call, sharing your screen during an impressive-looking presentation that you’ve spent days working on.
A colleague butts in with, “Can you can loop me into that previous slide?
“Sure. I’m happy to run through it again.”
Another one chimes in, “It has lots of moving parts and I’d like to take a deeper dive.”
“OK, let me run through that”
A third one offers, “We need to go granular because there are so many moving parts.”
“Certainly, let’s all run…. through…that….”
Then suddenly, you’re trapped in cyberspace with a bunch of demonic internet people, wondering who they are and how this PowerPoint prezzo could set off such a powerful existential crisis deep inside you. Uh-oh, someone’s using the microwave again. Call ended at 22 minutes and 35 seconds.
You need to find people you connect with. Ready to go to uni for a second round?
Let’ pause here. There’s no need to leap headfirst into a new career just yet. The act of returning to uni learning is gentler than that. It lets you explore your next move (oh, the possibilities!) so that when the world is more settled, you’ll do it gracefully and confidently.
Starting from scratch is scary. But it’s also a new beginning and that’s exciting. Getting back into the swing of academic life (what’s an essay again?) means being super-organised. But there are benefits to being a second-time-arounder; you’ve got your adult life sorted for starters (all-night parties and significant other dramas are hopefully done and dusted) and there’s so much support. Already having one career to your name is a bonus because it gives extra depth and direction to your learning.
So, if buzzwords (amongst other things) are turning out to be your career buzzkill, head back to uni (remotely, for now) and rediscover the joy of learning.