Last week was a long week for me at work, as well as outside of. I had a ton on my plate and because I’m fairly new here, I realize that developing a reputation as a hard worker is critical to my ability to succeed. But do you know what I also realize? Boundaries must be set. I have to be able to say “No, I can’t do this in this amount of time.” “This is a learning curve. Let me have a couple extra days to complete this.” “I have writer’s block and couldn’t get to this letter today.” Just as important as a reputation of being a hard worker is, so is having one of integrity and knowing your boundaries. I appreciate this role tremendously because it is teaching me to set boundaries and tell people “Hey, I’m ambitious but I’m also realistic in my level of expectation and, in order for me to excel in the future, I must learn now.”
Overstressing yourself at work will lead to you falling behind, never feeling like you’re good enough, and bringing the stress home every night. That is likely not what you want and I know for a fact that it’s not what I need. I enjoy joy far too much to allow anything that is temporary (which every job is) to take away from that for an extended period of time. It’s just not worth it. No amount of money is worth you shaving hours off your life every day.
I say that to say this: Professional development is a continual journey. You never “get there.” There is always something to learn. And anyone who says otherwise is sadly mistaken. So keep learning and, if something is moving too fast, don’t be afraid to pump the brakes a little. It will help you in the long run.
Make professional development a priority.