I am feeling lost, overwhelmed,got promoted to SM. +1 requests are coming in, leading a critical and short project (something I haven’t done before, got pulled into it…couldn’t say no) with insufficient support so I have to figure out how to deliver, do most of the work, prep and lead client workshops, send follow-up comms, manage difficult senior client relps. Consultants not proactive, seem to not care, …I don’t want to work all evenings/wknds anymore but focus on dating and my children…

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Create a project plan and delegate tasks to the team. All tasks are delegated so your job is to review everything and provide feedback and manage the client.

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Have you communicated this feedback to the team?

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I’m just lost and can’t focus. Unable to think and I know I need to focus and think, prioritize and deliver or I won’t be successful. We seem to understaff projects and then wonder why good people are leaving…

I wonder if I’m stressing myself out often times and focusing too much on perfection and admin work rather than making progress…or maybe I’m just being judgmental of myself…anyways, I’ll work over the holiday break; otherwise, I don’t see how I can make it…

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Thank you, I appreciate your advice. I’ll do what I usually do. Rest for a few days and then sit down to do the work. Glad it’s the holiday break so I have uninterrupted time (no meetings). Happy Holidays!

Break down what has to get done into manageable chunks and figure out what you can delegate with no loss of quality. It’s one of the hardest and most important things to learn as you move up the ladder. It’s so tempting to keep all of the “administrivia” for yourself, but it’s a waste of your time and you’re denying your juniors of great learning opportunities by not handing this off to them. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect or done exactly as you would do it; as long as it gets done, that’s what needs to happen.

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As someone who was considered “not a proactive team player” I would offer that I was that way because
- my manger planned all activities and it came across that I was to wait on them for direction
- if I tried to be proactive my suggestion was shot down with no encouragement that I should continue to brainstorm. I was shy so it was very hard to offer up a suggestion so I stopped to prevent looking incompetent
- I wasn’t clear on the path forward. I did not understand the big picture and how what I’m doing supports it.

As others have suggested, sharing an edited version of your current feelings and initiating daily/ bi-weekly touch points may help. I also suggest reviewing the kick-off documents with them again, clearly defining expectations, and establishing office hours. My manager eventually did some of these things and it helped a great deal.

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