THE EN­GI­NEER

In the Moment - - Good News -

Sarah Clay­ton, 30, is Se­nior Con­struc­tion Man­ager on the Lon­don Un­der­ground, part of Trans­port for Lon­don (TFL). She lives in Ashtead, Sur­rey with her part­ner, their daugh­ter and two cats.

I work with like-minded peo­ple

My in­dus­try is very male-ori­en­tated and I’m the only woman on my team. Pre­vi­ously, I felt I had to work hard to prove my­self, but Lon­don Un­der­ground has sup­port­ive man­agers and I’m able to have con­ver­sa­tions with peo­ple with the right mind­set.

I’ve learned to del­e­gate

I over­see a lot of dif­fer­ent projects, so I need to nd the men­tal ca­pac­ity to keep all that info in my head and be able to re­call it when I need it. Del­e­ga­tion is a new skill for me! I have learnt to set clear, con­cise goals and to say what I ex­pect. It’s about let­ting go of the con­trol as­pect and learn­ing the skill of com­mu­ni­cat­ing what you want done. Oth­er­wise you end up in a cy­cle of do­ing it all your­self, which just makes more work for every­one.

I keep my Mon­days mind­ful

I work con­densed hours four days a week so I can spend Mon­days with my daugh­ter. With a tod­dler, you have to fo­cus on the now and what is in­ter­est­ing to them – we spend a lot of time out­side in na­ture. You also lit­er­ally have to slow down your pace – you have no choice! I have an agree­ment with my other half that Mon­day is purely a day for my daugh­ter, and that I do chores at the week­ends.

I en­gross my­self in a page-turner

I re­ally en­joy read­ing crime thrillers and I like to read on my com­mute. There is a temp­ta­tion to al­ways ll this kind of time by go­ing on­line, but I use books to try and clear my headspace and not just waste time on my phone.

My Satur­day shower is a week­end rit­ual

Dur­ing the week, show­er­ing is purely a per­func­tory thing. Real re­lax­ation for me is a long, hot shower on Satur­day morn­ings. My part­ner takes my daugh­ter out and I have that time to my­self. It’s a key rit­ual for me – it’s my ver­sion of a lie-in. Sarah is part of the team de­liv­er­ing the pro­gramme that will in­crease step-free ac­cess to 40 per­cent of Lon­don Un­der­ground sta­tions by 2022.

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