The loud music, the dense crowd of strangers, and the small talk I’ve made all night have left me feeling drained.
It’s just too much, for too long, for an introvert like me.
Here is my advice for when you find yourself in the midst of panicked overwhelm. (And if you do, that’s not a company you want to work for anyway.) You know what will likely happen? By approaching your tasks one at a time (remembering that everything doesn’t need to be perfect) you can make real progress.
First, ask yourself: What’s the worst that will happen if I miss a deadline by one day? Taking that step back helps you shake the paralysis off and get more done. Honestly, I think she found the concept of caring less to be too radical.
It’s great to want to be helpful and make a difference at work, but you have to take care of yourself first.
You aren’t helping anyone if you burn out and quit.
” She had never considered caring less as an option. For many of us introverts, our professional efforts and results are a reflection of ourselves and our dedication to our employer. Because we aren’t the outspoken, gregarious, social butterflies of the office, we feel a need to prove to our superiors that we are smart, hard-working, and dependable.If you relate to this story so far, I’m willing to bet that your 80% of effort is most people’s 100%.So, by caring less, you’re actually caring just enough.Yet, my extroverted friends could probably stay at the concert, chatting long past the encore.They’ll actually feel energized when they leave and won’t need any recovery time.
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Putting in slightly less effort in times of high stress doesn’t mean you don’t care about your job; it means you care about yourself more.