Companies idealize hard work and some even promise that you get compensated well without sacrificing your sanity. But let’s be honest here, ok. In the modern world, we know better. Most of us know that a lot of things are fake and that it’s hard to keep it real. In short, it’s hard to be authentic.
We eat more than we need. We buy overpriced coffee because of the brand. We buy cool looking t-shirts that we hardly ever use, and we waste our time watching mindless movies. Society dictates that we must keep a certain image.
Yes, you might be following the trends, but deep inside you feel empty. Deep inside, you feel you are a fraud.
The “more is more” lifestyle
You may be familiar with the “more is more” lifestyle. The more we have the better we are. We often apply this lifestyle to our work as well. We clock in at the earliest possible time, then we work ourselves to death until we go crazy! In fact, people who sacrifice their lives are often branded as star employees!
I’m not telling you that this lifestyle is bad. In fact, if you keep working like this, you’ll eventually earn more money than your coworkers. However, your coworkers would probably be happier and healthier than you. Is that a good tradeoff?
Well if you don’t like to live like this, then I have good news for you. You can still be a hard worker and keep your sanity. You can work hard all day and do overtime without losing sight of who you are. You can even be successful and still be a nice guy (but that’s for another article).
So what’s your point?
What I’m trying to say here is that you can enjoy work even if you’re constantly on overtime. You don’t have to be fake, you can be who you are.
Of course, you still have to do your job well and impress your boss. Here are some tips and tricks to help maintain your sanity.
1. Learn when to say “No”
Don’t be a Yes man/ Yes woman. Your friend might ask for help on their project. You really want to help them but you’re also burdened by projects as well. Some people would sacrifice their own time and work to help a friend out. Sure, you’ll be a good friend when you help them out but you’ll probably be reprimanded for not doing your job.
If you sacrifice yourself, then you’re going to miss deadlines and produce shoddy work. You may even lose your job for it!
Don’t be a martyr. Prioritize yourself before helping others. Remember that you can’t really help people out if you can’t even help yourself.
2. Learn when to say “Yes”
After learning when to say “No”, you have to learn when to say “Yes”. To be more precise, you should know when you should help people out.
When you lend a helping hand, you are providing value to your colleagues. People will rely on you more, and your boss might see potential in you. If you help people regularly, then you will most likely be put in a leadership role.
That means you’ll be spending more time managing people and less time doing menial labor.
3. Take small breaks from time to time
Yes, this might seem pretty obvious but you’ll be surprised to see that most people don’t even take breaks when they’re stressed out. This is a recipe for disaster.
If you think that you’ve had enough, then STOP. Don’t think about the consequences, don’t think about your schedule, and don’t think about getting fired. Just STOP. Let go and take a break.
Once you’ve calmed down, then get back to work. You’ll find out that you’re more productive and more likely to get the job done.
One of the reasons why you’re taking too long would be because you aren’t focused enough. I often waste my time replying to useless email and surfing on the internet. I know that it’s a bad habit but sometimes it helps me think that I’m being productive.
Well, to tell you the truth, I was only using it as an excuse to slack off and not do my job.
If you want to stay as sane as possible, then you have to do your job as quickly as possible.
5. Be active during meetings
You miss a lot when you’re not paying attention. If you fail to ask questions or be passive during meetings, then things really won’t go your way.
You can express your concerns, your opinions, and even your feelings during meetings. You might not get what you want all the time but there’s a slight chance that you might have your way.
Get out there and be active.
6. Keep contact with your boss from time to time
Most workers fear their employer. In fact, some employees do whatever they can to avoid talking to their boss. And when they do meet their boss, they usually nod in affirmation and agree with everything that their boss says. If you’re doing this, then let me tell you one thing. You’re making a huge mistake.
Sure, you’ll feel less awkward and less pressured but you’re also sacrificing your productivity as well. You need to meet regularly with your boss and contact them from time to time. This is very important because you’ll be more informed to get the job done.
You will finish your work faster if you ask for your boss’s opinion and advice. And you will have good relations with your boss as well. Don’t let the fear of interacting with your boss get in the way of your productivity.
Well, those are some tips and tricks to help keep your sanity during work. Going crazy is a big no-no. Sure, it may be hard to keep your sanity if you’re missing tons of deadlines but if you know how to deal with it, then you can minimize the damage.
Remember that these are just tips and tricks. The best way to keep your sanity while working is to prioritize your well-being first. Eat healthily, sleep as much as you can, and exercise regularly.