Immediately Increase Productivity By Adding This To Your Day

Calling all procrastinators, day-dreamers, over-committers, side-hustlers or the just-too-darn-busy-to-do-one-more-thingers.  This post is for you!

There are a hundred things we need to accomplish in a day, and by the time we’ve gotten the basics out of the way: brush your teeth, shower, feed the pets, feed the kids, commute, slay your day job, commute, exercise, cook dinner, feed the pets, feed the kids, brush your teeth, go to bed, there doesn’t seem like there is much left for anything else.

So where do you find the time for your side hustle, learning a foreign language, or developing a new skill to get that promotion at work?

It’s likely not going to happen at the end of the day. By the time dinner is consumed and cleaned up, who has the energy to do anything more?  Can you say Netflix and Chill? 

Picture of a chalkboard to brainstorm side hustles

Power Hour

It’s time to implement the Power Hour. Whether your power hour is daily or once a week is up to you and your goals. Regardless of the frequency, the concept is the same. Here’s how it works.

To start, determine what it is you want to accomplish and how much time you need to dedicate to achieve your goal. Then analyze your day/week. You might not think it’s possible to find even 10 minutes, but you will find the time if it’s important.

Maybe it requires waking up an hour earlier or an hour less of TV time in the evening. If you are one of the 43% of Americans who have a side hustle while working full time, maybe your power hour happens over your lunch break. Bottom line, you make time for the things that are important to you.

Now, here’s the most important part. Schedule it! Create a reoccurring meeting on your calendar and treat it as a standing appointment you must show up for. Be sure to set a reminder for 15 minutes before. That way you will get the reminder on your phone.

How Long is An Hour?

Picture of a black clock depicting the importance of power hour

Time is a funny thing. An hour can evaporate when wine tasting with your bestie, or tick by excruciatingly slow the last hour in the office. From a productivity standpoint, you can accomplish a lot in one hour, and when the focus is dedicated and undisturbed, it’s productivity gold.

Here are some examples of things you can get done in 1 hour:

  • Run a 10k
  • Walk a 5k
  • Clean a 4-bedroom house
  • Read 50 pages of a book
  • Do 60 minutes of yoga
  • Organize a room in your house
  • Try a new recipe
  • Write a chapter of the book you’ve been thinking about
  • Practice a foreign language
  • Do a crossword puzzle
  • Investigate competitors to your business
  • Start a blog
  • Learn to Sew
  • Create a visual manifesto
  • Clean your closet and take old clothes to Goodwill
  • Watch half of a documentary. We like What the Health, Forks over Knives and The True Cost
  • Learn a new skill by taking an online class. Try Skillshare, LinkedIn InLearning, or Udemy

What will you use your power hour to accomplish?

Comments

    • We all do! My husband and I even do a 1 hour power hour on Sunday mornings and knock out all the house chores.

  1. Great ideas in this. The Power Hour reminds me of the Pomodoro technique, which is dividing a task into 15 min chunks to increase focus and producitivity towards your goal.

    • Interesting. I’m not familiar with this technique but I can see how it would be helpful. Sometimes the hardest part is just starting and 15 minutes seems doable.

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