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.