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:
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.
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.
Schedule time to check-in with yourself
Block off 15 minutes in your work calendar everyday to reconnect with yourself and your goals. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you making progress on high impact projects or are you bogged down in busy work? Use this time to step back and look at the bigger picture. Try doing this check-in away from your desk - take a short walk or book a conference room to rejuvenate.