Hey Meg, thanks for taking the time to reply. I’ve also had the experience of being part of a company culture that valued time spent above and beyond the quality of the work delivered. Everyone wants everything done “right away,” which is just not possible.
One big lesson that took me a long time to learn is how to set boundaries and say “no.” It is probably the most terrifying thing to do, and takes a lot of courage. The advice that would have made that process easier for me was understanding how to do it tactfully, otherwise known as “managing up,” or “managing expectations.”
Most people are apt to listen if pushing back on workload is done professionally. Every now and again you will have that one bad apple that absolutely needs to hear, “no.” Learning how to set expectations for my managers eventually helped me set expectations with clients, which drives the workload for our whole studio.
It’s scary to start pushing back, but mustering the courage to do it when needed will give you sovereignty over your work, time, and life that will be powerful.
I hope this extra advice is helpful. Forgive me if it’s going over ground you’ve already tread. I do know that the worst experiences in your early career will make you much better at managing the big challenges that come later, when you’re reaching out to bigger and bigger goals.