No doubt you have seen the video of the Accenture employees in Mumbai who take five minutes at the start of each day to dance. I’m a sucker for this sort of thing. When I am Queen of the Universe, we’ll all start our days with dance.
Some years ago I tried to launch a five-minute break in the middle of the afternoon in my office – my singular effort to push back against the doldrums and the general confines of office decorum.
I did manage to pull it off, once, when some portion of my colleagues joined me in the elevator lobby to boogie with Pharrell at 3:14 one Pi Day. When I left that job it was one of the stories recounted in the farewell party, an example of the kind of workplace colleagues hoped we would have.
Sadly, I never managed to make it a habit. But you can! It’s not too late! So simple…
- Pick a time, any time. I think of 3 pm as the afternoon dead zone. Doing something disruptive right then offers the opportunity to re-energize the day.
- Let people know it’s coming and then make good on the promise.
- Press play. Any music that makes you want to move and elicits a smile will do. Just be sure it’s loud enough to hear down the hall.
- Start dancing. Do this whether anyone is there or not. On that day in mid-March I was alone in the corridor when the music started – but not for long.
Life Lesson #26: It might seem crazy what I’m about to say/ Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break ~ Pharrell Williams