Step back.

We often say that Blitzes are like roller coasters: there are ups, there are downs, and sometimes people want to get off. In the end though, most participants are satisfied they went along for the ride.

Still, it is important to read the energy levels around the room when managing your Blitz agenda throughout the day. During one-day Blitzes you may notice momentum begin to drop after lunch time (food comas) and near the end of the day. We notice the same thing happens at the tail end of 3-day sessions.

This isn’t surprising. It’s rare that we spend an hour, let alone eight or more on any given problem at a time. Most of us are accustomed to long periods at a desk, solving a series of problems throughout the day, so when we find ourselves in a situation where we’re required to give our undivided attention to a single challenge, it can be exhausting.

This is why it’s so important to know when to drop a drill (or more) from the day’s agenda. It’s critical that you meet with your core team periodically to make sure you’re on track with what you’re hoping to accomplish. If you’re running behind schedule, focus on the drills that are absolutely essential. These drills are most often from the Be Bold, Make Stuff, and Bet Small practices. You may be able to trim the fat by tossing out a few idea-generation (Let Go and Get Out) drills.

We recommend having a tablet or laptop with the Blitz guide pulled up in an accessible place for your core team to make edits as necessary. You can edit the time allocated to each drill or combine, add, and eliminate drills as you go. Stay flexible, be adaptable, and focus in on what really matters.