Why Electricians Need To Prioritise Their Driving Time
Since the electrical industry is a service-based industry that requires you to travel to onsite, you need to make sure that you use your commute hours wisely. At the end of the day, it can come to a total of anywhere from 0.5 to 3 hours, depending upon the traffic, distance, speed and your job scheduling skills.
It is especially important to prioritise your driving time if you are an electrical sole trader. This time can prove to be of so much value to you, if only you plan ahead for it and stick to your planning.
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There are a lot many things that you could do to be more productive while driving. I believe that if you need to make overdue calls then that is more important than learning about success right now. So even though many people focus on learning about new things while driving, I believe that as a growing electrical business, you should focus on long overdue follow-ups. It is always better and more important than learning new things from e-books because the follow-ups have the potential to generate new business for you as well as bring in more money. Thus you can achieve a lot by dumping the average driving hours into ‘work and finance’ instead of just ‘education and hobbies.’
Even then if you still want to focus on learning new things while driving and don't want to chuck it, then the question is -- How can you do it in the most efficient manner possible? It is simple -- you can learn by chunking a bit of your driving time. You can do it while driving 30 mins to 1 hour every day. You will also retain more instead of getting 5 hours of crazy big ideas with your book, which is a lot of stuff to process in a short amount of time. So rather, do it in chunks so your brain can process better and put extra 4 hours into your work! Listen to an audiobook or podcast as you drive and gain new insights and knowledge.
Hubspot mentions that you can do a lot while driving. You can complete tasks such as getting your daily dose of social media updates, checking your emails and cleaning up your inbox, listening to the podcasts you like, setting your goals for short-term and long-term, as well as creating a to-do list. When you do make a to-do list you need to deliver things in a particular order. And always remember to create actionable tasks for growth. Keep it niche, concentrated, and make sure that you prioritise the tasks correctly.
Wtop.com suggests adopting a healthy and happy lifestyle while driving. You can achieve this by practising mindfulness, hands exercise, deep breathing, sharpening your memory techniques, and catching up with friends and family.
When it comes to your electrical contracting business, I feel that there is so much more that you could achieve just by making the right use of your driving time. In addition to invoicing, you can also plan a couple of phone calls while driving. It can be anything from following up with your customers to quality assurance calls (such as, calling up customers after a job is done and they have paid, “Would you mind leaving us a review on Google? I will send you a link.”) to making some marketing calls. To achieve this, you have got to make a list of businesses you want to work with and make sure to call one of them every time you drive.
If you were to prioritise your driving time correctly, you could well join the league of other successful people too. Reader’s Digest has compiled a list of 12 productive things that successful people do while driving to work. So, if you want to be successful, you have got to do things that successful people do. It includes something as basic as goal setting and evaluating the big picture to bonding with one’s kids and romantic partner. The options are unlimited -- you can plan on becoming smarter every day and contemplate about things that really matter to you in the long run.
Which of the above things do you plan to do while driving? Leave us a comment and let us know. For more such amazing hacks for success in the electrical industry, do sign up for Electricians Success Academy.
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