New blog routine

Up until now, all of these have been written first thing in the morning.  But it’s the busy season at the moment, with various commitments and a lot going on, and frankly sleep is slightly more beneficial than blogging.

But sleep is making me blog this evening instead.  Or rather lack of it.  I am a great sleeper, it’s definitely my top skill in life.  It’s also the canary in the mine of health and wellbeing.  If I stop sleeping, there is something wrong. And I stopped sleeping a couple of nights ago, not in a huge way, I just keep waking up.  I can drop off again, because I am determinedly not engaging in a thought process, but that ability will wear off as I get more tired, I know.  So instead of having the day start with getting thoughts in order, tonight I am going to end the day with this habit.

Now, to work out what is keeping me awake.  I think it is an accumulation of things and I don’t really want to give credence to my fears. I am feeling overwhelmed, by a quantity of issues, rather than one thing in particular. I suspect what I am not doing very well is writing down everything I need to get sorted and then working out where to start.   In a peculiar way, my fear is writing everything down, because then I may just realise that I can’t do anything.

The problem with feeling overwhelmed is that it becomes harder to find a way to get the job done.  I am starting the inevitable downward spiral into feeling that I can’t do anything, I am hopeless at everything, the best thing to do is run away.  This is my very typical dramatic catastrophising of everything into something way bigger than it should be.  Tonight’s catastrophe is that someone has criticised something I put in place and I feel bad about having to deal with a difficult situation and potentially hurting someone’s feelings.  I seem to think that running away will help.  I know it won’t, but right now, that flight instinct is huge.

To add some perspective, I have handled the situation well.  Two things went wrong tonight on my watch, one was solvable this evening and so it was resolved and hopefully all will be fine.  The other issue felt much bigger.  So, I did what I will hopefully come to accept was the right thing, I listened to the concerns and I promised to deal with them.  And I will deal with it at another time, when I am not feeling overwhelmed, not today.

And meanwhile, I need to remember everything good that happened this evening, because lots did. Perfection is not mine on this occasion, but I need to not forget the good stuff, there was much much more of that than the bad stuff.

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Raising morale

It’s a simple statement: “morale is low” sounds like a factual observation about the feelings of a group of people.  But what makes morale high or low?

I have been reading a lot recently about what makes individuals happy, but I am far from clear on how to make groups of people happy.  Well, far from clear on what science says about it.  .

Morale is different from efficiency or efficacy, in my experience groups can be very effective in their work, yet still have a low morale.  Eventually, the two do start to align though and it feels it should be true that motivated, happy groups of workers are more effective.

In a particular volunteering role I am feeling responsible for changing morale which is apparently low and that is being presented to me as a huge problem, so it is feeling very daunting at the moment.  I can see some clear and simple solutions: pointing out the good results of the work, which is clearly successful; thanking people for their efforts, their time and their skills, which are many and abundant; checking that people are doing what fits their skills and also what they want to be doing, offering training and support where needed.

This all seems so simple though, that it cannot be the answer.  It makes me think that there is a huge moral responsibility of any head of any team to make sure her team feel good as well as do good.  That said, I know I cannot make someone feel a particular way, so it is feeling like a conundrum.

If anyone has any good books, blogs or podcasts about morale rather than effectiveness, point me in the right direction please!

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