Too much screen time, too many video calls and too few boundaries make working from home hard for all of us. Podcast host and writer Morra Aarons-Mele shares honest advice on what you can learn from the introverts in your life about protecting your energy and your limits.







  • to chafe – to irritate
  • boundary – something that indicates limits
  • far and away – by a very great margin
  • cue – a signal for someone to do something
  • disembodied- separated from or existing without a body
  • to be on – to perform exceptionally well or impressively
  • commute – a regular journey to and from one’s place of work
  • to dive in – to begin or undertake something quickly, enthusiastically
  • pep talk – a short conversation to build high spirits
  • to delineate – when you delineate a border, you say exactly where it is going to be
  • to tax – make serious demands on; to levy taxes
  • downtime – inactive time (such as time between periods of work)
  • to summon – make an effort to produce from within oneself
  • to freeze up – to suddenly be unable to speak or act normally

Answer the questions:


  1. Why isn’t remote work any introvert’s dream?
  2. What can trigger social anxiety in the writer’s opinion?
  3. What’s the key to managing remote work?
  4. Why is commuting to work good for us?
  5. How can you enforce good boundaries?
  6. What’s asynchronous communication? When does it work best?


Practice Makes Perfect

Fill in the sentences below with some of the words in Glossary, then answer the questions.


  1. In what situation would you ……….. courage?
  2. Has your boss ever given you a …………. (to encourage you to work harder/win a contract/boost sales, etc)?
  3. What could make you …………… in a conversation?
  4. Is it ok to have …………….. at work in your employer’s opinion or do you have  to ………….  every minute?
  5. Is it difficult for you to set ……………. between work and home when you work remotely?
  6. How long is your ……………. every day?


 ANSWERS: 1. . summon; 2. pep talk; 3. freeze up; 4. downtime; be on; 5. boundaries; 6. commute




  • Do you enjoy working remotely?
  • Have you ever had any burnout symptoms such as lack of motivation, irritability, fatigue, insomnia
  • memory issues, change in appetite?
  • Would you say people doing certain jobs are more prone to burnouts?
  • Do you think women burn out more than men?
  • Do you think meditation practice may help fight burnout?


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