My growth as a dancer, instructor, choreographer, and business owner has informed me on the importance of timing in the midst of growth. The same way one step in the choreography comes before another, the steps taken to grow in anything takes patience, timing, and grace. That is the different between Work Pacing and Work Delay.
Work Pacing is the healthy, efficient rhythm of your work. I had a moment of clarity when I realized that working smarter (and strategically) is better than throwing everything in your first punch and burning out in the first week.
As a business owner and an INCREDIBLY ambitious person, I know it takes a lot of work to grow. And I like that! However, I am learning that if I don't set a rhythm, if I don't find my work pacing, I will hurt myself more than I help myself.
It's like playing all the notes in a song all at once instead of allowing the tempo to dictate the pauses between them. Each note contributes to the whole, but it has a time and place. When we lose track of our work pacing, we devolve into work delay.
Work Delay is the slow down of progress due to inefficiency.
Most of the time it comes in the form of procrastination, but what most people don't realize is that working on something that needs to be done at the wrong time can be just as detrimental to not working on it at all.
You may want to add more classes to your studio, master a skill, or build your confidence to a new height, but don't let your hunger for growth be what starves you of accomplishing them.
No matter what you are building - your skills, your confidence, or student body - never forget that the music of your work has a tempo. Follow it.
Live In Motion,