Burnout is a common problem in today’s fast-paced and demanding work environment. In my opinion, it often occurs when remote workers become overwhelmed and exhausted from overworking due to poor project management. I’ve just written many times about it in this blog, and we have some resources in our shop. However, because of the questions I received, I decided to look at this theme once more.
The research consistently shows that overwork is a major risk factor for burnout and that it can have a significant negative impact on physical and mental health. It is therefore important to take steps to prevent and manage it.
Why Burnout Cause Is Overworking?
Why am I talking about the danger of excessive work for those who work from home? Since we are at home, we lose the sense of time. It’s difficult for me, for example, to get away from the computer at a specific time, during lunch or at the end of working hours. I want to finish what I’m writing as soon as possible because I’m afraid of losing my train of thought etc.
The other problem is when you understand that you must delve deeper into a topic. Yesterday, during the session of the course I took, I realized that I didn’t know how to create a semantic core for my project. And I can’t continue if I do not have it.
What did I do? I found good (!) explanations from serious SEO experts on YouTube and watched those videos. Along the way, I learned the Excel functions I needed for this work. In the end, I had a list of my keywords and understood that everything I wrote before was not good because I did not connect the working keywords with the texts of my project. That is: I wrote the texts that the readers do not search for. At all.
At the end of the working day, I just had the list of the keywords. And there was still the session of the course I had to finish. 2 hours of registration. And I was already far behind the other students with the sessions. And this course, by the way, I paid handsomely for. I mean, I was losing a lot of money since no one would wait for me in the live sessions.
I finished that working day at 2 a.m. How did I feel in the morning? Little sleep, frustration, feelings of nervous exhaustion. And why all this? Because every project must start not from the end and not from the middle, but from the beginning. From the correct planning of what you want to achieve.
Wow, what a day! It sounds like a real struggle, but you made it through. I can totally relate to those late nights and the pressure to keep up with everything. It’s tough when you’re juggling work, and courses, and trying to stay on top of everything. But hey, you’re doing your best, and that’s what counts. Starting from the beginning and planning things out is key, right? It’s all about finding those points A and B and figuring out how to get there. Hang in there, and remember, you’re not alone in this.
Does the market exist? (Niche research)
What is the semantic core of your project?
Do you know how to write selling texts?
What courses do you need to learn?
The main point to avoid burnout and overworking is correct planning first.
1. “The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies”
- Author: Marcus Buckingham
- Publication: Harvard Business Review
- Year: 2015
This article provides a comprehensive overview of the research on the negative consequences of overworking, both for individuals and organizations. It discusses the physical, emotional, and cognitive health risks associated with long hours, as well as the impact of overwork on productivity and innovation.
2. “Pressed to Overwork to Exhaustion? The Role of Psychological Detachment and Exhaustion in the Context of Teleworking”
- Authors: Jurgita Lazauskaitė-Zabielskė, Ieva Urbanavičiūtė, Arūnas Žiedelis
- Publication: Journal of Organizational Psychology
- Year: 2023
This study examines the relationship between overwork climate, psychological detachment, and exhaustion among teleworkers. The researchers found that an overworked climate was associated with higher levels of exhaustion over time, particularly for teleworkers who worked from home full-time. This suggests that the lack of boundaries between work and personal life in telework arrangements may exacerbate the negative effects of overwork.
3. “The Relationship Between Overwork and Burnout: A Meta-Analysis”
- Authors: Marianna Virtanen, Mirka Härmä, Johanna Kouvonen, Jaana Linna, Tuula Pentti, Johanna Kivimäki
- Publication: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
- Year: 2011
This meta-analysis of 24 studies found a strong association between overwork and burnout, with an overall effect size of 0.79. This means that overwork was a significant predictor of burnout, even after controlling for other factors such as job demands, support, and control.
4. “Understanding the Burnout Experience: Recent Research and Its Implications for Psychiatry”
- Authors: Michelle A. Lee, Michael P. Leiter
- Publication: The American Journal of Psychiatry
- Year: 2014
This review article summarizes the current state of knowledge about burnout, including its definition, prevalence, and risk factors. The authors also discuss the potential consequences of burnout, both for individuals and organizations.
5. “Overworking and Burnout | Monitask”
- Publication: Monitask
- Year: 2023
This website provides information about the relationship between overworking and burnout. It discusses the symptoms of burnout, the causes of burnout, and the effects of burnout on health and well-being.
These are just a few of the many studies that have been conducted on burnout by overworking. The research consistently shows that overwork is a major risk factor for burnout and that can have a significant negative impact on physical and mental health. It is therefore important to take steps to prevent it.