When you start your new job, there is a lot to take in from inductions and training, to learning all about your new colleagues and the business you are now working for. Don’t push yourself too hard, make sure you get that all important “work / life” balance just right, especially if your new job is home based. If you are not careful, you run the risk of burning out if you don’t look after yourself.

Here are some useful tips and guidance to help avoid this from happening so that you can enjoy your new career.

  • Write a “To do” list before you leave the office each day, so you know what you are coming into the following day. If you struggle with prioritising tasks, then don’t be afraid to ask you manager to help you with this.
  • Turn off your electronic devices after 9pm or use the “do not disturb” function. Too much stimulation from phones, laptops and tablets late at night does not help your brain switch off. If you turn them off early in the evening you will be able to relax easier and be calmer going to bed.
  • Get enough sleep. This seems like an obvious thing to say, but too little sleep can result in you being restless and not being able to take in the training at your new company. It could also effect your decision-making skills.
  • If you, like many, have emails on your phone, try & stop reading them at a reasonable time so you can switch off properly. Don’t keep reading them late into the night / early hours of the morning.
  • Exercise is proven to stimulate your brain so if you can take regular exercise this will not only keep you fit but enable you to feel positive and learn quickly.
  • Take time for you – either before work, on your lunch or after work. Do something you enjoy or something that is not related to work such as listening to music / podcast, go out for a walk, meet up with friends etc.

Remember to try and enjoy your new role and the learning process of the first few weeks.

Don’t burn out; look after your mind, body and soul.