The Enduring Value of a JAM Session
Here’s the 1000 foot view of the theory –
Training slow builds your endurance capacity, when you intersperse your training with hard but short speed sessions, you tax your muscles and encourage growth. It’s essentially the same concept that weightlifters use when they push heavy weight and then back off for a few sessions. As a result, over time your slow sessions get faster and on race day, when the adrenaline kicks in you can hold a slightly faster pace through the entire length of the race.
By contrast, people who have not prepared themselves for the faster, adrenaline induced race pace tend to fade at the end. The goal on race day is to have enough left in the tank to run the last mile as confidently as you ran the first.
We can transfer this concept to business by incorporating what I call a JAM session into our routine. A JAM session is a short burst of intense work where all distractions are blocked out and we focus on one thing for as long as it takes. Turn off the phone, close the email and social media feeds, shut to door and go to work.
By doing these JAM sessions on a regular basis and when the situation warrants, we can increase our productivity and crank out some real quality work in intense bursts. Like anything else, the more we do it, the better we get at it. And it trains our brains to focus better when we aren’t jamming. The end result is greater productivity overall.
Try it and let me know how it feels.
Here’s a video I produced on the same subject just the other day.