You are doing a lot.
As the world continues to shift around us, our commitments require a lot of energy.
The pandemic and the continued fight for racial justice serves as a reminder of the need for action on so many fronts.
So maybe you find yourself run down and tired at the end of the day. Maybe you find yourself on autopilot. Or perhaps you are cranking up the speed to stay ahead of the next change.
Wherever you find yourself, I know how much people depend on you.
When we are committed to creating positive community change, connection, inclusion and love in our work lives and at home, we are tasked with offering up our time and attention to others.
Your team needs you. Your coworkers need you. Your friends and family need you. People depend on you to show up every day and make space to plan and strategize with them.
Everyone needs to be seen and supported.
I know that when I am already at my max for energy and capacity figuring out just how to offer myself up can be a real struggle.
I promise you – you can have the energy you need and stay connected with people on your team (and in your life) at the same time.
Here is a simple checklist that can help you stay connected and be supportive of your team WHILE feeling less stress and more energy.
Before you dive in – take a grounding breath. (Inhale, exhale.) The key is simple, small, consistent check-ins with yourself and others. It just requires you to slow down a tiny bit.
- How is your own energy and capacity? What are you doing to boost your own capacity? Once you’ve given yourself a boost – you will experience more energy to do the work of supporting others.
- Where can you carve out specific time out in your day for your own breathing room, and space for the people on your team?
- What everyday practices can you build into your workflow and conversations that allow you and others to understand each other better and communicate more readily?
- What open-ended and curious questions can you add to your repertoire that force you to slow down and listen deeply? (For example – “Can you tell me more about that?”, “Do you have ideas for what you want to try next?”)
(For example – “Can you tell me more about that?”, “Do you have ideas for what you want to try next?”)
- What simple actions can you (and others) take that actively demonstrate your support for your team and what structures can you build to allow your team members to support each other?
- What consistent gestures can you offer that weave in appreciation, acknowledgment and celebration with your team?
(P.S. If you don’t work with a team sub out the word “team” for any person or small group of humans you are in a relationship with.)
Want a more detailed guide? I made one just for you here.
You’ll find that teamwork is more effective when people feel actively seen, acknowledged, and supported. As a leader, both you and your team will experience increased creativity, vision, and willingness to take risks once you take the time to tend to your team. You’ll encounter less harmful, unaddressed conflicts because trust, relationships and communication allow issues to surface.
Over time, well-tended teams become more efficient and build capacity to problem solve, generate new ideas, and take on more responsibility… which eventually frees up your own energy.
When we are tired or pushed to the limit, we can miss the opportunities to nurture our relationships.
Take good care of yourself and find one easy way to check in with your people.