We sometimes experience a bad day at work that we don't want to remember. It might happen now and then. Here is one example that will explain things to you in a better way. Ever heard of Alyssa Mastromonaco? Here is what Alyssa Mastromonaco thinks about her former job. Mastromonaco, she worked as a director of scheduling and advance at the White House. She was also the assistant of the president and deputy chief of staff operations. Recently she published a book called Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House.
According to Mastromonaco, her work involves overseeing research, interview, selection, nominations and confirmation process for political appointees and cabinet secretaries among other complex tasks. The job had its ups and downs, including sharing tiny bathrooms with other staffers and sleeping on the floor during long flights with the presence. Sometimes, because of the scheduling and planning, sleeping wasn't something she did. The results? She forgot things quite often, and ideas weren't flowing, stresses and loss of focus were among other things that she has to experience.
According to Mastromonaco's experience, two crucial things are not related. The first one is that fact that she describes how severe stress, overworking and lack of sleep can have extremely detrimental effects on your physical health and the ability to perform your duties. It's like she is saying, "no matter how important your job is, or seems to be, the importance of your job is likely not a good reason to stay in it if your health is severely negatively impacted."
Second, she points out signs that show it's time to leave your current job and move on. In her case, too much experience and stress were related. But they don't have to be. What's essential, according to her is to be self-aware to know when and if these situations apply to you.
So if you feel stressed at work, ask yourself if you are pushing yourself too hard and if you find yourself forgetful, unclear and jumbled. Are you shutting down workers or ideas too quickly, or others pointing this out to you? Are you more negative in meetings and at work than positive? Whatever the case, Mastromonaco experience should serve as an example and a reminder that we should always ask questions like this more often. Once your answers turn out positive, it's time to change your job or even your career altogether.