How Electricians Can Use Power Blocks To Avoid Interruptions
In the book Singletasking: Get More Done - One Thing at a Time, Devora Zack writes how multitasking is a total sham. It doesn’t lead to anything and you are unable to accomplish anything when you try to do a tonne of things at a time. Rather, she suggests that you should focus on a single task and do it well.
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At Response, we like to label multitasking as “manic management,” where at the end of the day nothing is achieved and productivity takes a massive drop. You should try to avoid multitasking as much as possible and rather focus on the most important thing at the moment. Do not let urgent tasks distract you from the important ones! Sign up to our electricians online training course today to stay focused and productive.
When you focus all your attention on the task at hand, you are able to achieve the state of flow. “In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.”
One day, our operations manager got interrupted and so he didn't have a great day. He recommends that you should identify whenever you have such a day. Thus, you will be able to rectify it. Moving forward, you can change your steps and see to it that your week is not ruined.
Dedicate your 100% to a task for an uninterrupted time, also known as a "power block." Thus, you can concentrate on the important tasks. During this time, you have to make sure that there are no emails, no phone calls, and no stress. You have to be in the zone for every single moment, achieving, doing, slashing through the work pile like a ninja.
Power blocks have the ability to consume your whole day because you got so much done and didn't get change to interact with anyone else. At the end of the day you feel worn out because you have done a lot for yourself but you haven't had an impact on other people's day. So, you have got to use power blocks strategically.
In an inspiring Ted Talk about stress, Kelly McGonigal shares how to make stress your friend. She cites a study which has shown that stress is bad for your health ONLY if you believe it is bad! It’s almost like your perception about the concept of stress can make or break your body.
Power block keeps you in a "Got to get this done" mode and as a result of that you forget to take a moment to form connections. On the other hand, socialising releases Oxytocin in your blood and keeps you relaxed.
When you are running from a lion, you don't want to stop. So you are curt on phone.
Personally, I have been at this place where every week used to get a little bit more intense. And I had a benchmark for what I could get done today as compared to y'day. Eventually, it will snowball and you will have more than you can handle. It also becomes harder and harder to talk to people because it comes across as an inconvenience and a waste of time.
So do NOT burn yourself out. Otherwise work will get on top of you and destroy your life.
When you don't answer a call, people will find alternatives. Remember that you can not be the answer to all the problems/issues. Alternatively, you can build a support library and direct your employees to it, when they need help.
To all the great electrical companies out there, I highly recommend that you become a member of Master Electrician Australia. The support and fraternity you get there is unbelievable. It will improve your team’s performance by bounds.
And lastly, if you would like to be more successful in your electrical business, join our high-performance Electricians Success Academy to learn the inside-and-out of this industry.
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