Go hard. That’s what “they” tell you to do after you score that gig, deal or opportunity you’ve been waiting for. You don’t have to be hitting stages all over the world, like pop star SZA who admits she damaged her vocal chords.
Whether you’re pulling too many double shifts to stack your money or logging extra hours at that your dream job, burnout is real. Mental and physical exhaustion can lead to long-lasting health issues. But knowing exactly when to stop can be hard, especially if your body keeps functioning as you push. There’s no one-size fits all answer on when it’s officially time to hit pause, but considering the following factors.
Listen to Your Body
Your body is an intricately made machine that often gives you signals when things are off. If you’re experiencing any changes in normal functioning—sweats, pains, loss of sleep, breakouts, etc.— understand that it’s a sign that something is off. Find a remedy, and don’t stop after a simple doctor’s visit. Go to a nutritionist to make sure your diet and exercise regimen is right. Look for a specialist to check your hormone and mineral levels to determine deficiencies. Be proactive and invest in yourself.
Build in Stress Relievers
Don’t wait until you look and feel like crap to address stress. Build exercise and downtime into your schedule, whether it means waking up earlier or staying up later. Do you need quarterly sessions with a life coach? What about monthly visits to a bathhouse to steam and massage the toxins out of your body? Figure out what works for you and stay committed.
Leave Some Money On the Table
If you’re a natural go-getter, there is pressure to do it all. But you’re a professional multi-tasker, a proud multi-hyphenate. Getting as much cash as possible seems like the best way to build financial security, and it may be, but only in the short term. Big picture, you have to expand how you see wealth and strategically invest your time to maximize overall life satisfaction. Some professional wins are personal losses that you can’t recoup; learn how to recognize the difference.
Believe There Will Be Other Opportunities
There are some deals you absolutely have to take. But learning how to categorize between “nows” and “nahs” will change your life. Every opportunity doesn’t have to lead to a contract—some may just be for relationship building or informational purposes. Realize when it’s cool to pass and make a dope referral.
Learn the Right ‘No Language’
If it’s an offer you can’t handle but want to salvage the relationship, think about an acceptable no. Will your decline be better received if it were due to a prior commitment, or partner? If you’re already committed figure out if you need a lawyer or doctor to help get you out of the bind. Figure out what you need to do to get what you want.
Negotiate Your Yes
Every yes isn’t equal. The better deals are created by people who understand their needs and build it into their negotiation. Do you need more time or resources? Ask for it. Do you require additional compensation or perks? Put it out there. Determine what makes things work for you and go for it.