Tonight was the first time in my whole life that I’ve had a team meeting after 11:30 pm. Usually I’m snuggled up and warm under the covers by about 9:30pm…but not in Mexico. We’re working late into the night, and I’ve had two diet cokes to keep up my energy. Our final presentation is Friday morning, and we’re determined to deliver a solid deck and several files containing hot sales leads.
Late night sessions are not fun. Everyone’s cranky, tired, and just ready to be done. But, these challenging situations are some of the best learning opportunities. Here are a couple of things we’re trying to keep in mind while preparing for our big presentation:
- Chill out—We’re a bunch of type As who have been together 24/7 for three whole weeks. Sometimes it’s best to bring the intensity down and acknowledge that we’re our own worst critics.
- Keep it in perspective—The stress sets in near the end of the project as we’re scrambling to consolidate everything we’ve done into one digestible framework. It’s important not to lose sight of why we signed up for this experience…to learn, grow, and most importantly—travel!
- Take risks—No one likes to be wrong, but the worst that could happen is someone says, “No, you’re wrong.” Now, that wasn’t so bad was it? Experiences like GAP are a great opportunity to go out on a limb and try (or suggest) something new.
- Take a break—Everyone’s brain needs some time away from the project and immersed in something fun. It’s okay to take some breathing room and do something for yourself.