Day 191: the sky cleared :)

For the last few days my anxiety and stress level was super high. I knew it about it because it affected my sleep, my mental calmness (I couldn’t read!), my breath was rapid, I was either not eating or snacking too much, and I didn’t spend time with my family. It was due to a work project that I’m leading . Everyone is under pressure and not progressing much, which adds more stress.

Yesterday I snapped out of it. I realized that we were in that situation not because the team is not working hard but because I underestimated the work load (time required and complexity). It was my fault as the leader of the team. I had an honest discussion with the team member that was holding the bulk of the data work, who has been making mistake after mistake, some of them I was astonished with. I suggested to her to bring someone else to help her. I assured her that I value her work ethic and believe her capabilities, I am also aware what stress and pressure can do to people (more mistakes when you try so hard to avoid them), so I am bringing someone to share the burden and make this project a good experience for everyone.

When I said it out and she thanked me for acknowledging her pressure, a big weight lifted out of my shoulder and my mind cleared. I said to myself, I should have seen it before. AS leader, I need to bring the best of the people, not the worse. If something is not working, I am ultimately responsible. Blaming to others is not the right approach and leads nowhere.

what an AHA moment!!!

I had a long hug with the girls and t I slept 9 hrs!!! 😆

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Continuing with theme of the week on Sofia’s birthday. Today I want to share our first trip when she was 10 months old. We went to hawaii!! what a lovely place!!!

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I didn’t realize there is 3 hrs time difference, so it was quite a pain to adjust to it when the baby had a consistent sleeping schedule. So early mornings were the norm. Also, the long fight was quite a pain with her, but well… we had a great time. We visited Honolulu and Oahu.

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She was not reactive to things/views, just absorbing them. Look this place, so peaceful, beautiful and relaxing.

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many days she was grumpy but some times she’s happy to look around

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looking these pics make me want to book a fly to go back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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how little she was and chubby….

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can’t wait to travel again post-covid.

One thought on “Day 191: the sky cleared :)

  1. I’m glad you worked through your stress and work issues in a positive way! You seem very Type A and I’m sure that can be difficult as a leader, when others don’t work to the same standard you hold for yourself or just don’t have the same capabilities!!! I’m not in a leadership role, personally, but I do know that if I ever feel someone in charge of me thinks I’m not doing things well enough I find it very stressful…probably leading to me more mistakes and just feeling very flustered. It sounds like you realized a change was needed to alleviate some of that. So much better than just continuing to pressure her endlessly! Sounds like it was an overall win-win for your team. 🙂

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