The Surprising Power of Impulse Control
By H. James Wilson | A guest post from Pam Cook
I would like to share an interesting approach to being more productive, while producing a higher quality of work. H. James Wilson wrote on his Blog about a task efficiency approach called the Pomodoro Technique. The focus is using impulse control to produce more work, at a higher quality, in less time. If you are wondering, as I did, “what impulses do I act upon at work?”, I confess, I do stop now and again to pop a piece of chocolate in my mouth. What else would be an impulsive behavior?
The obvious answer of an impulse reaction, or distraction, will be to check your smart phone to see who just sent you a text, or photo, or posted a picture on Face book. Who can resist a quick check to see who just buzzed us?
Less obvious distractions are, the pop up on our screen telling us an email arrived. That message not only interrupts your thought process, it also can pull you away from your task to check your inbox. I cannot tell you if one message subject pulls me into my inbox I have the discipline to view only that one email. Suddenly, I am off task busy checking what else has come into my inbox.
James Wilson has the answer to keep us focused by using the Pomodoro Technique. It is simple, to follow, so give this a try. Turn off your email alert, change your smart phone settings to Silence All. Then set your calendar to remind you in 25 minutes of an event. You have just turned off distractions to give you 25 minutes of un-interrupted time to focus on one task. When you use this theory, and practice this theory, it has been proven to increase work production and quality of production. After the 25 minutes, power off the project you were working, stand up, stretch, walk around your department aisle. By giving yourself a focus break you will be recharged. Give this a try; before the phones start ringing, see what you can accomplish in 25 minutes of sharp focus.