Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Burn the Floor, the most dynamic, high power, energetic show there is about ballroom dancing. The show stars Kevin Clifton and features some of the finest dancers in the world. Listening to the comments of the audience at the interval it was clear that they were all super impressed and amazed at the amount of energy used in the two hours.
Maintaining levels of energy in business is very difficult. We start off full of energy and gradually tick over on a sort of maintenance level. It is difficult to keep really high levels of energy sustained all week but would it work if you aimed to put aside two hours a day to work at maximum energy level on the business? It might only have to be every other day or only on weekdays but a plan of intensive working time on the business may work better for you than spreading out a day’s administration over the whole day.
A good technique to do this is the Pomodoro Technique which is a time management tool developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980’s. You can download it on a computer but it involves working intensively for 25 minutes then taking a break of five minutes and repeating. Breaks get longer the more you work.
For me working at a high pace for a short time with lots of energy has many gains. Before this technique I could think and moan about the amount I had to do for a few hours before finally clearing the task off my desk. Allotting time and energy to particular time periods of the day/week relieves this situation.
I no longer feel slightly guilty all day for not getting on with things, as I know they will be done with high energy and pace at the allotted time.
This brings me to another thought and that is of outside influence. If I hadn’t gone to see Burn the Floor a few years ago and then again `yesterday I would not have been inspired to develop the way I work to make it even more productive.
Would working intensively for shorter periods work for you? Maybe you should see a show, an exhibition, read a book. Inspiration and change comes upon us in the most unexpected ways.