1. Arrive early. This will give you a chance to come to before everyone else arrives.
2. Have a sturdy breakfast. You need fuel.
3. When having a conversation, technical meeting, chat over coffee, try to make sure your expression is similar to the expressions of other people involved. It’s easy to forget what your face is doing, and you don’t want to be the one smiling when they’re talking about sacking people.
4. Don’t babble. If you find yourself babbling, right yourself by saying a couple of big words. It’ll get you back on track.
5. Other parents are your allies (unless they have those magical babies who slept through from 3 months…in which case avoid at all costs).
6. Get up. Take a walk around. If you need to, carry some paperwork to make you look busy. Exercise will wake you up, if only temporarily.
7. Trust your brain to come up with the goods when it needs to.
8. Treat yourself. If it’s biscuits, listening to some music, or checking your phone now and then, do it. You need to be nice to you because this is hard.
9. Make the most of the good bits, like the freedom to have lunch when you like and to eat it all yourself without being pestered by someone small and squidgy.
10. Don’t worry about how you look. You probably look better than you think you do.