The sprint through the pandemic with many changes in work locations and opportunities, automatic adjustments, and pandemic-related cuts has become a long-distance run. Therefore, the motto applies: “Persevere.” Take a sporty look at new forms of work and keep patience, perseverance, and perseverance. Even if it is sometimes difficult to motivate yourself and others to keep going when you run out of breath, or a stumbling block gets between your feet: it pays off to keep going.
The motto that I would like to call out to the working world at the moment is “persevere”! Take a sporty look at the form of work your company has just chosen:
Sprints And Long Distance
The core elements in both management and running are goal setting and planning. In day-to-day work, it is essential to make decisions quickly: are we dealing with projects that have a short term, or are we dealing with the implementation of long-term plans? It would help if you had a lot of power and high speed for short distances. Translated, you must act immediately and react at lightning speed to complete projects and tasks without further ado or solve problems.
For long-distance journeys, it is essential to have a detailed plan of how you want to reach which destination. Long-term projects can quickly become frustrating since success always seems a long way off, and motivation can soon be lost. Therefore, the goal with the associated effects should always remain in focus to maintain motivation in the long term. Because even with good planning, unforeseen difficulties can arise. Whether there is a change in the weather on a long haul and you have to put up with rain or the stress at work is unexpectedly more significant – it helps not to be discouraged and to keep your motivation high.
Short or long haul? One thing is sure: never lose motivation and stick to the goals and visions set. This is the only way to achieve the desired success!
Stumble, Fall, Get Back Up, Keep Going
Regardless of the speed on which route: the quality must never suffer. It is essential to take each step in a targeted and concentrated manner on the cinder track and on the office floor. Nevertheless, missteps, stumbling, and slipping cannot be avoided. Samuel Beckett’s famous mantra should apply here: “Try again. Fail again. fail better.” Or maybe Jon Bon Jovi’s: “Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.” Failure is a stumbling block for many people. But if you persevere and overcome the hurdles that stand in your way, it often gets you further than a smooth finish. Stumbling but getting back up and moving on takes you to new heights. And sometimes, the success of measurable goals only comes in the medium or long term.
Never give up!
Pressure, Dynamics, Speed
In sports, as in management, you must constantly assert yourself against resistance and convince through fairness and performance. A high level of professionalism is expressed in targeted preparation. Individual processes are repeated to recall all steps safely in a critical (competition) situation until they are correct. The different times and conditions for personal training are essential here: Non-linear training and working times suit athletes, managers, and their team members. And yet core times promote and train cooperation, team spirit, and team’s overall performance. Outside the set times, all participants are free to work whenever their creativity, strength, and will is strongest.
Periods of peak performance must be followed by recovery periods to regain strength and move on to the next game (and victory).
The DNA Of High Performance
In their work “Neurohacks,” the two scientists Friederike Fabritius and Hans Werner Hagemann identify three neurotransmitters as “DNA of high performance”: dopamine, noradrenaline, and acetylcholine. They explain how we can work brain-friendly and happier. First and foremost, top performance depends on the optimal level of emotional arousal – which is often incorrectly referred to as stress, although the individual performance profile cannot be generalized. Each of us needs to challenge ourselves appropriately because “we don’t perform at our best when we’re bored or panicking; we do it when we’re feeling a little overwhelmed. Then the brain releases the right amount of norepinephrine to keep us in peak condition. The scientists further explain.
Individual working conditions that are as flexible as possible are decisive for everyone to achieve a personal optimum in performance.
It Depends On The Right Equipment
The right technological tools in the modern workplace are just as necessary as having the proper footwear for correct posture and protecting your feet and joints when running. When it comes to distributed, (often) global (collaborative) work, the best tools are cloud-based or – like the content that the entire team can access in the current version together or later – brought together in a cloud platform. Not only can work be synchronized in this way, but also team management.
Because if you work distributed, you not only have to perform solo and achieve results but also be vital as part of a team. Projects must be able to be handed over smartly at any time, like in a relay race, without losing control or the overview. It is also essential to adapt to the team members’ pace and accept the training and working hours, aligning themselves for ideal collaboration and clean handoffs. Intelligent tools and smooth collaboration counteract the “work about work,” i.e., the useless work with the work, so you don’t get lost in clicks but can concentrate on the actual, productive content. The focus is essential, so demanding tasks should be placed in the early and concentrated hours of the morning – to use the fresh energies of the body and mind as with sports.
Intelligent tools and smooth collaboration counteract the “work about work,” i.e., the useless work with the work, so you don’t get lost in clicks but can concentrate on the actual, productive content. The focus is essential, so demanding tasks should be placed in the early and concentrated hours of the morning – to use the fresh energies of the body and mind as with sports. Intelligent tools and smooth collaboration counteract the “work about work,” i.e., the useless work with the work so that you don’t get lost in clicks but can concentrate on the actual, productive content. The focus is essential, so demanding tasks should be placed in the early and concentrated hours of the morning – to use the fresh energies of the body and mind as with sports.
Without the right tools, you get lost in millions of clicks; work becomes unstructured and inconsistent—you’re like a runner with extra weight on your legs.
High Interval Training And Performance
During HIT training, high-intensity phases alternate with endurance phases. The metabolism is in full swing, and within a short time, significant performance increases can be seen. Regular training with repetitive rhythms demands a lot but also shows positive effort results very quickly. The management is also sometimes reminiscent of HIT: It often happens that there is suddenly a great effort, and then (for a specific time) everything runs smoothly again. Getting to grips with these intervals increases power volume. Applying a certain pulse of effort often turns a good project into a great one and allows the executing team to perform at a high level. Of course, that doesn’t mean that projects should be artificially lengthened. , But it is often worth the effort to re-read, edit or comment on a finished concept or document so that the result becomes even better.
Training and work in performance intervals open new opportunities to leave comfort zones, strengthen endurance and grow with the tasks.
Balance Of Stress And Rest Phases
Regularity is half the battle. This also includes taking regular breaks. In the sports community, many people risk training “downstairs” – this also applies to work. Although they are constantly tired and should take a break, many people continue to work and train, often affecting their health and performance in the long term. It is precisely the resting phases that get you the most. After every significant exertion, you should take the time to regenerate so that you are fresh and full of energy the next time you set off. Sometimes it means not running again to get the sports workload for the week or not starting another work project at the end of the day.
Rest is essential for restoring the body and mind to stay focused, alert, and in shape.
The playing field is virtual and is welcome to remain so
A typical day in the life of a sportsperson or worker should be divided into different stages or time windows: In core training times, the sports or work teams come together to work together and turn the screws for overall success. But just as important are highly concentrated phases for silent work or individual training units, where the focus is undisturbed on your output.
One possibility would be to divide the day into two units lasting several hours, one for individual work and the other for group work. Time windows have been used for the second and working in global teams, overlapping in as many time zones as possible. The remaining time can be structured according to your own schedule and preferred work patterns – regardless of whether the person likes to get up early or sleeps in late, stays late at night, has to take children to daycare or school, cares for a family member…
To create the best individual conditions for top performance, it is essential to align the training, i.e., the working day, non-linearly with your performance curve. We should say goodbye forever to general views of what a “normal” working day should look like and where the work is done. If we all prove our perseverance in the long-distance run that has already started, we will keep the league economically or win a medal again!