Five ways elite project teams will outperform your team in a short time

Do you ever wish you could work a little more each week? All of us get the same 24 hour work days. It is a fixed limit no matter how hard you try to squeeze every second of productivity out of it. The famous Berlin Study, which was published in the Psychological Review in early 1990s, has huge implications for knowledge workers and project managers.
Researchers were provided with information by the Berlin University of the Arts about the practice habits of elite and common violinists. They wanted to find out what the elite players did differently. Did they practice for hours or just a few minutes? Did they drink coffee at 9 p.m., then play all night? They discovered something very unusual: Elite players practiced the same amount as the rest.
They slept an average hour less each night than average players. Their practice was broken into two parts, with a break in between. They also spent more time on leisure activities than the rest. They were happier, more rested and less stressed. They were also clearly more talented musicians.
Roger Federer, a professional athlete sleeps between 11-12 hours per night. Arianna Huffington spoke on stage at TED to encourage more sleep and improve performance. Roger and Arianna realize that working longer hours won’t improve their performance. Instead, they focus on managing their energy levels to do better work with the time they have.
Planio, my project management company software, is not like any Silicon Valley startup. We have a culture that encourages hard work and a shorter work week. Last time I checked our reviews, it was clear that thousands upon thousands of satisfied customers are happy with this!
You can help your team achieve more with fewer hours as a project manager by helping them manage their energy.
Take the smallest action possible
While big picture thinking is great, it can make it difficult to get started if you only have a few goals. If your team is left with vague goals, they will waste their time going around in circles. It is important to break down abstract ideas into concrete tasks. This will enable your team to get the job done.
Positive Rituals are a good idea
Tony Schwartz, author of The Power of Full Engagement argues that top performers use positive rituals in order to regulate their energy and manage their behavior. Sportspeople often have a set of routines they follow before big games to help them perform well under pressure. Project managers can use agile rituals to manage their teams. These include the weekly retrospectives and daily stand-ups. They help the team focus on the daily tasks.
Do many sprints, not one marathon.
Because modern knowledge work requires a lot more concentration, you need to take frequent breaks. According to the Pomodoro Technique, you should work for 25 minutes and then take a five-minute break. The Pomodoro Technique recommends that you take a longer, 30-minute rest every two hours. Some people prefer longer periods of focus. You can take breaks to replenish your energy and evaluate your progress.
Make it acceptable for people to take breaks and go for walks.
Management laziness means everyone stares intently at Excel sheets. Then you can relax knowing your team is hard at work. This is a flawed way of managing people, but it is one that many companies subconsciously use. Project managers need to foster a culture where people can say, “I have an important problem I’m trying to solve.” To reflect on it, I’ll go on a walk.
Walking as a worrier

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