You want to improve your performance at work but you start noticing your energy or motivation is slipping and its getting in the way of your high performance. When you drive your car there is a fuel gauge that lets you know how much fuel you have left in the tank. How about you, what lets you know it is time to stop?
In some cars there is a flashing light or it tells you "You have 45km left to go". Then you know you need to stop and refuel. You also know after around 30,000km or so depending on your model, your car needs a trip to the garage to get the oil changed, water topped up, perhaps the tyres renewed. Again information flashes up on your screen telling you to do these things.
What about you? What lets you know it is time to stop, to take time to "change your oil"?
Unfortunately this is a fallacy, taking time out is key to performance. Just ask any elite athletic coach who is constantly seeking the performance edge for the athlete. They know taking time out is vital for performance and health, I know it seems counter intuitive to stop to get more done or become even fitter…but if you don’t give yourself time to regroup or press the pause button you can’t get top performance.
The way to achieve maximum performance is, surprisingly to take sufficient, regular breaks from the job at hand and then you stay fresh, creative & flexible.
First, notice for yourself where you reckon your performance level is rate it between 1 – 10. 1 being poor performance and 10 being top performance. The for the next 2 weeks or ideally a month experiment with:
Letting go and ree-laax-ing
Choose to take 5 to 15 minutes time out when you notice any of the above “symptoms”.
What you could choose to do?
At the end of the day, check in with yourself, ask yourself some questions:
Just experiment, play with it and discover what happens. At the end of the experiment again rate your performance on the 1-10 scale.
Have fun and enjoy. I'd love to know how it goes.....
Julie Silfverberg has worked in the field of personal and professional development for more than 20 years. She works with a diverse and exciting group of people. Each with their own unique talents and potential.