Tuesday, February 05, 2013
So the new project is kicking off. Every new revelation of a requirement is more daunting than the last. There is going to be a LOT of work, and a lot of temptation to stay late to get "just one more thing done". There is going to be the temptation to shelter your team because "they have lives"... and the temptation to put your own needs last. There are mandatory deadlines and a bunch of oversight pressing.
It's going to happen. But temptation does not have to lead back to the dark places in life. Your health is more important than getting that "one more thing done", because if you undermine it, there will be even more things that do NOT get done, when you get sick or stressed to the point of breaking.
So... pace yourself. This project is a marathon, not a sprint. You need to get the most important bits done each day, and report honestly where the progress is. If it requires overtime on the part of others, they need to pick up their piece of the load. Don't try to do it all yourself.
There... think that will do it?
p.s. Don't forget to take those break walks.
p.p.s. The donut on the food table will NOT make it go away.
p.p.p.s. Ariel the siren treadmill is calling you for after work! Answer the call.