Finding Balance: How Rowing Helps Boost Workplace Productivity

Finding Balance: How Rowing Helps Boost Workplace Productivity
From Recruiter - October 18, 2016

Balancing a rowing shella very long, very narrow vessel only a couple of inches off the wateris like going backwardson a fast-moving skateboard with only one wheel.

Balance is helped, however, by the 10-foot oars on each side, along with an almost infinite number of other variables. The basic building blocks of balance are body position, core strength, and hand control. If your concentration is off for a second, you lose balance and stabilization and the boat flops and slows down.

Most workers today also find themselves in similar balancing acts: Theyre juggling large numbersof variables, including work, family, travel, school, and all the other things todays workforce is expected to manage. The modern worker is expected to take on more and more responsibilities, andif any one of these responsibilities is thrown off, the others may follow suit, decreasing productivity.

Hence, balance is as critical for workers as it is for rowers.

Five key tactics that apply to balancing a rowing shell can also apply to balancing your work and life:

1. Build the Foundation

In rowing, the foundation to success is the basic sequence of body movement.

In your work and personal life, the basic building blocks are the calendar, scheduling, and planning. Scheduling time for yourself and your health along with everyday work appointments is key to keeping that balance.

2. Attention to Detail

After the foundation is built, fine details can be connected to supply extra stability. For instance, even the smallest body parts moving at just the right moment can have a profound effect on boat balance.

Details are crucial to supporting better balance in your day-to-day as well. Schedule time between appointments for prep and follow up, for strategic planning and thinking, and for team encouragement. Prioritizing these small but important taskscan have a positive effect on productivity.

3. Prioritize

With lots of moving parts and outside factors like wind, current, other crews, and steering, prioritization becomes, well, a priority. In other words, you have to get the work done.


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