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I will share my story - a real life experience – following previous talks at EuroSTAR about Test Management and stress. The reason why I want to tell my story is that experiences like this hopefully can help fellow Test Managers look at their own life and consider if things are getting “out of hand”. If I can just influence one person to take his or her life up for revision – before he or she ends up in the same situation as I did – I have reached my goal.
From my own experience, I will share with the audience the tools that helped me balance my work with my personal life and helped me gain some perspective on all the things that I had gotten myself involved in (Life wheel, Disney model, etc.). I will also touch on some of the warning signs, that I did not pay that much attention to before I was ill, and that I now try to pay “just enough” attention to without them limiting my work nor my life. I will tell, how expectations – also (mainly) from myself guided my choices and how I still need to be aware of what I engage myself in.
I was (am) striving for (high) quality in both my professional and personal life, wanting to do good at work and at home. But one year ago I was suddenly not able to do anything. For 2½ months I was away from work and it took additional 4 months of part time work, before I was back in “full shape” working full time.
I am the mother of two pre-teens and having a career as a Test Manager consultant – how do I make this work? How did I learn to say “no” to all the exiting things that are out there?