Being a dance studio owner, I regularly get to meet lots of new people from various different backgrounds, cultures, and mindsets. Older people, younger people, mid-aged, teenagers, and children.
Our clients come to us to learn to dance, with many different intentions and goals.
People often come to our dance classes to find a means of distressing, and/or emotional and creative outlet.
All of these things are important for boosting productivity.
How does dancing and releasing tension help with boosting productivity, you say?
Well, the answer is actually quite simple. When you’re overwhelmed with day to day tasks at work and in life, it’s natural to feel tension and stress.
Of course, there are different methods to beat this. After all, stress is inside of us, it’s not outside. It’s the way we perceive certain situations which in return causes us to feel stressed out.
Meditation and mindfulness are some of the most effective methods for beating stress.
But taking part in dance classes and events is also an amazing way to distress and blow some steam off. I’ve heard my clients and students say this time and time again. Dancing is an outlet, and having an outlet will allow you to boost productivity in many different ways.
So, let’s explore the outlet dancing gives you which can help you boost productivity…
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Distressing with dance
When you come to a dance class, you meet a lot of new and different people.
Human beings have a natural need to socialize. It doesn’t matter if you are an introvert. Meeting new people and building relationships helps you build self-confidence and it is a great way to bring something new into the usual everyday routine.
During a dance class, we play music that raises energy levels. Depending on the dancing style, the music may be fast or slow paced.
But in whichever the case, music and dance combined, raise happy hormone levels in our brain. And maintaining that emotion of release and feeling good is guaranteed to help you boost productivity in your everyday life.
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Of course, it’s not unusual to feel insecure or anxious if you’re coming to a dance class for the first time. That’s why it’s important to keep in mind that dance classes at Boston Mobile Dance Studio are intended for fun.
This is why we don’t focus so much on professional dancers, but rather on everyday people wanting to have some fun while dancing.
Just like with any other physical activity; while dancing, your body releases serotonin and endorphins. The natural feel-good chemicals in the human body.
Ask any professional dancer, and they’ll tell you that they can never express their emotions in words, as much as with movement. Many dance styles have emerged based on this theory.
Take KRUMP and Contemporary dance for example. KRUMP emerged on the streets of L.A. and it became popular as a way of expressing an individuals’ thoughts, emotions, opinions and perspectives through energetic movements made to the beats of an expressive tune.
Contemporary is a dance of the soul. A contemporary dance choreography is danced to tell a story and to express the deepest emotions within one being.
This is why not every dance style suits everyone.
Before deciding to enroll in a dance class, you should consider which music you prefer the most and which types of moves you like the best. You can try many, and you can choose one or more that you prefer. It’s important that you look for the emotion that it gives you.
If a dance style makes you feel amazing, pumped up and enlightened, then that’s the one for you. Nurturing that positive emotion and getting rid of negative emotions has a huge effect on productivity, so obviously positive emotions will boost your productivity for sure.
Taking part in dance classes opens possibilities of trying new things and experimenting with your body and movements. This alleviates your brain to go places where it hasn’t gone before.
So, when you’re dancing you’re developing and enhancing your creative abilities, which feeds your brain with new ideas and possibilities you wouldn’t have considered before. So while boosting your creativity, you’re also boosting your productivity because your brain will be able to solve problems creatively and you will find solutions much quicker and easier than before.
You can read more on creativity on our blog by following the geniuses’ guide to improving creative problem-solving skills, or by considering what could be killing your creativity.
Or take a look at our Creativity Hacks Cheat Sheet.
When you’re dancing, you’re developing and enhancing your creative abilities, says @Carl_Alleyne at @BMDanceStudio Tweet this
Nurturing your motivation
We’ve been talking about motivation a lot these days. As I mentioned in my post “7 Motivational Secrets Every Leader should know”, I have a team of people working to bring the voice and vision of Boston Mobile Dance Studio to the world. It’s my responsibility to keep my team members motivated. So to be able to motivate them, I have to be motivated myself.
I’ll be talking some more about motivation in the upcoming blog posts and podcasts.
But one thing I want to point out know, is that:
Lack of motivation = procrastination = depletion
Motivation = productivity
Most of you are probably nodding your heads here because this is so logical and obvious. But it’s also easy to forget when the demotivation monster attacks without a guard.
How does dance affect your motivation? Well, the combination of music and movement feeds your brain with will-power and positive vibrations that increase your life energy, thus allowing you to boost your productivity in your work and life environments.
That’s it for today. Hope you’ve enjoyed the read on dancing as an outlet and productivity boost. We try to give you useful content to guide you on your creative journey of life.
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As someone who sometimes wishes a day would last longer than 24 hours, I have to continually keep finding ways of maximizing my time during the day.
Thing is, I’m an entrepreneur and an artist. I’ve got my business, Boston Mobile Dance Studio where I also teach, I have my band the Beantown and I’m the founder of the BeanTown Lockers.
Additionally, I’m a proud father of 3 awesome little munchkins. So, all in all, using my time productively during the day is crucial for me. I’m always looking for ways to boost productivity, and every little tip really helps.
I’m always looking for ways to boost productivity, and every little tip really helps.
First of all, I’m going to guide you through the tactics and habits that I use to boost productivity and make my day more productive.
But let me tell you something before going further. The biggest change I’ve experienced in my productivity is after reading the book “Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod.
Getting up early in the morning and implementing my Miracle Morning routine has helped me organize my day better. It’s helped me clear my mind and find clarity for the rest of the day and the upcoming tasks.
Don’t sit down all the time
When working at my desk, I don’t sit down. I’ve placed my laptop on a high desk shelf so that I’m standing while working in front of the screen. I’ve found that this helps me keep my energy flow moving and the strain on my back is minimized.
Define time blocks of working
Some people find that working in 90-minute blocks makes them most productive. After these 90 minutes, you should take a 15-minute break. But this brake needs to be something useful, not surfing the web, scrolling through Facebook or something not so useful.
These 15 minutes should be used for a useful activity such as going for a walk, doing some exercise, meditating or having a healthy snack.
I usually work in 2-hour blocks during which I time myself. I time every 10 minutes in which I drink 30 sips of water.
Hydrating with water is crucial for the whole body and for the brain. It also helps in reducing stress, keeping the body balanced and energized. I also make 10-minute breaks to do some exercises such as neck rolls, push ups, etc.
You can always try the Pomodoro Technique to boost productivity, which has been proven as very effective.
Having a healthy sleep pattern
It’s important to have a healthy sleep pattern. Sleep is crucial for the brain. Lack of sleep causes lowered concentration levels, increases stress, and causes burn out.
Although it may not be possible to go to bed early in some situations, I try to make it my goal to go to bed by 11 pm. This way I can get enough sleep to be able to get up at 4:00 am.
When I gig with my band, I get home very late so I don’t go to bed before 2 am, in these cases I sleep in unless it’s necessary to get up early. I also try to take power naps during the day if I didn’t get enough sleep during the night.
Balancing work and life
I’m a family man. So even though I have a day full of projects and responsibilities, I do my best to take time off. I spend my evenings with my family, I take time off to go out with my wife and my kids. I love going to the movies because it really helps me detach from the fast paced and sometimes very stressful work situations. Spending simple moments with my wife, laughing and joking around helps me remember that life should be enjoyed and not taken so seriously.
Balancing work and life is really important for boosting productivity. Failing to balance these two will not only cause decreased productivity, but it will also eventually cause burnout.
As someone with many roles and responsibilities, I’ve truly experienced the importance of learning. You should never believe that you’ve learned everything you need to know.
Failing to develop and expand your knowledge and skills will make you unproductive in all areas of your life. There’s always something to learn.
For me, I’m always looking to learn more as an entrepreneur and as an artist. I love listening to audio books, especially while driving my car. I drive a lot, so I try to use this time constructively.
I love the way Brian Tracy puts it:
The second part of continuous learning is for you to listen to audio programs in your car. Audio learning has been described as the most important advance in education since the invention of the printing press.
Boost productivity by listening to music
Music can enhance all areas of our work and life. But it’s important to choose this music carefully.
Different genres and frequencies have different effects on the brain. Energetic and fast music with fast beats or lyrics should be avoided during mental activities.
As a performer and a natural introvert, being too hyped up tires me emotionally and mentally. So, I prefer to listen to classical music during mental work, it helps me relax and focus.
Whereas during active work such as rehearsals, dance classes and workouts I listen to energetic music. This helps me maintain my energy, motivation, and creativity.
And that would be that from me, my dear friends. I hope you’ve enjoyed this read and that it will help you boost your productivity.
Try some of these things and tell me how it goes, I’d love to hear your opinions.
You probably hear us say this a lot, but really; Anyone can dance, especially party dance! As a team of creatives and dancers, we stay strong in our faith in dance and movement. And this is not just our passion that drives us, it’s the deeply rooted belief that is based on real life situations and proof, that show how dancing and moving is beneficial for the overall health and well-being of each and every individual.
Those who dance at parties, and those who don’t
Take a look at the people that you know, and put them in these two groups; the ones that dance at parties and then the ones that don’t, like or want to dance (you might be one of them).
Now consider the energy and emotions these two different types of people reflect most often.
It becomes clear, doesn’t it? People that refuse to dance at parties are much more rigid, closed, and don’t really reflect much positivity. In fact, you’ll often see them rolling their eyes or laughing at someone else that’s dancing their heads off and having fun. That’s because they don’t feel good in their own skin, they aren’t free to be who they really are, and thus it is impossible for them to feel happy and satisfied.
Ok, this was just me trying to make a point, but I’m sure you know that already, don’t you?
Anyhow, we’ve decided to make an infographic list for you; the 20 reasons why moving and dancing is so good for you. Dancing is such a healthy activity and it is deeply rooted into the human native code. This is exactly why it has a number of benefits for our overall well-being.