Overworking from home

Working from home. The dream for some, or so they thought… Over half of adults said lockdown has affected their wellbeing, with 46.9% reporting high levels of anxiety. Could this be because we’re working too hard, or putting too much pressure on ourselves to do so? 50% of respondents…

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Working from home. The dream for some, or so they thought…

Over half of adults said lockdown has affected their wellbeing, with 46.9% reporting high levels of anxiety. Could this be because we’re working too hard, or putting too much pressure on ourselves to do so?

50% of respondents to a recent survey were not happy with their current work-life balance, with 48 per cent putting in longer and more irregular hours during lockdown.

And to make matters worse, in the absence of people or services to help us cope, we are seeking damaging coping mechanisms.  1 in 5 of respondents reported increased alcohol consumption, nearly 2 in 5 were comfort-eating more, and 3 in 5 admitted exercising less since the lockdown started.

Instead of working longer, we should be working smarter or see our condition snowball towards burnout.

We say: Work LESS, do MORE

Focus is a fickle thing. Something we need to continuously use and cultivate in equal measure for progress of any kind.

There’s a simple idea we use at AVER to get things done. Work accomplished = time spent working x intensity of focus. It sounds dry, but  If you can remind yourself of this simple formula on a daily basis, you’re onto a winner.

Focus is the differentiating factor here. Focus follows something that math geeks will recognise as ‘exponential decay’, which basically means that ‘work accomplished’ drops off a cliff after working for too long without a break.

Focus is the essential ingredient when you need to create results. Rather than having one foot in work and one in distractions for several hours, choose to focus entirely on work for a couple of hours, then, take a break and repeat.

The breaks between work are equally as important in overall productivity as the periods spent working themselves. Rest replenishes focus for future periods of intense productivity. So, plan your breaks wisely, regularly and above all, make sure you use them to do something that fills you up, mentally, physically, spiritually or creatively.

Why work in bursts with breaks 

1. Distractions are easier to overcome in short periods – meaning you’ll maintain greater focus and clarity throughout the day. There’s only so long you can resist a quick scroll…

2. Work bursts help break down bigger projects into transparent chunks, so you can plan your day effectively and understand exactly what level of work is possible

3. You get to do ANYTHING for short periods at the end of each burst. You can factor in small episodes of exercise or a passion project on your “off-cycle”. This creates a positive loop work/reward cycle which is proven to improve productivity. Momentum fuels progress!

SELF-Care Packages INCOMING

Though the idea of ‘work less, do more’ is nothing new, it couldn’t be more relevant than in lockdown. To help you hit the ground running, AVER are giving away Self-Care Packages throughout lockdown to help utilize and cultivate your focus and combat the dogma that being online, visible and working at all times are prerequisite traits for successful people.

What’s inside the box?

Utilise FOCUS items:

1. Raise your game with AVER’s BOOST CBD oil.

2. Skipping rope. Research shows that daily exercise increases productivity. Skipping is perfect for exercising in short breaks between work bursts – it’s high intensity and can be done anywhere!

Recharge FOCUS items

1. Recharge with AVER’s CALM CBD oil.

2. Our favourite book right now. This changes weekly. Something to draw your mind away from invoices and deadlines.

3. Mindful Colouring book and pencils. Something to get the creative juices flowing and a nice relaxing task to do in your breaks.

4. AVER branded loo roll. One less thing to worry about…

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Focus with BOOST CBD oil

Recharge with CALM CBD oil