Work can have a huge impact on your mental health because hey, a lot of time and effort is spent there. Being truly present in other areas of your life becomes harder when your job takes up so much brain power. Short-term stress can help push you out of your comfort zone but a prolonged period of feeling mentally drained is harmful. How do you conserve your mental energy at work while continuing to perform well? Here are 3 tips we both have used during our time in corporate:
Tip #1: Identify which internal meetings really matter
All internal meetings are productive - said no one ever. Truth is, only some meetings require your hyper-focus. For the ones that don’t, limit your prep time but still engage in the conversation by asking questions. Questions are an easy way to signal that you’re plugged in.
Tip #2: Take on fewer small projects
It’s okay to say ‘no’ when you’re feeling overwhelmed (we’ll talk about how to do it strategically in a future blog post!). We suggest focusing on a couple of big projects because multiple small projects can end up being very time consuming. Also, your manager and team are more likely to remember your efforts on a few big projects than multiple small ones come performance review time. To ensure this is the case, don’t forget to communicate your progress on larger projects frequently.
Tip #3: Schedule time to check-in with yourself