Last week, I discussed the tips you could accomplish in one minute to make your life easier. Today I want to expand that minute to sixty minutes and encourage you to create a power hour.  A power hour includes  setting aside time each week and dealing with the small (often nagging) tasks in your life. These tasks typically take more than one minute but also do not take an excessive amount of time. These tasks don’t have deadlines and thus they often linger from day to day or week to week. These are the tasks that often annoy us because they need to be done and can be overwhelming because they remain undone. By creating a power hour, you are giving yourself permission to tackle the ongoing list. Within this time frame you can’t focus upon other items that do have deadlines, only the tasks that fit into the above definition. Tasks to include in a Power Hour:

  • Changing out that light bulb
  • Sewing on a button on a piece of clothing
  • Fixing a broken item that perhaps need to be glued or nailed together (think about a broken chair leg or handle)
  • Dropping off the bag of clothing that needs to be donated
  • Organizing the photos on your computer (I know for many of us this could take longer than an hour but it is a start)
  • Cleaning out the refrigerator
  • Organizing a drawer or a cabinet (how is the cabinet under your sink?)
A power hour can’t be used for ongoing and recurring tasks such as paying bills or anything that must be done.  I will be honest that this is a tip that I only occasionally use but know I would benefit if I made it part of my regular schedule. Just as one minute is a short amount of time, the same can be said about an hour. Many of us allow an hour to go by as we watch tv or spend time on the internet and then return to reality and express frustration that these tasks exist. My suggestion for implementation of a Power Hour is to schedule a Power Hour biweekly and assess how it fits and feels in your life. If you are able to successfully have this hour two times a month, then review if it is a task you would be able to complete each week. Unlike the first two tips of taking one thing with you and using the one minute rule, the success of this tip involves making time for it. It needs to be scheduled such as Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. Not scheduling will lead to easily forgetting and then feeling unsuccessful. It is better to feel successful two times per month than struggling on a weekly basis.

Will you consider creating a Power Hour? What tasks might you place on your Power Hour list? 

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21 Comments

  1. Bourbon & Lipstick on August 9, 2017 at 7:56 am

    I love this series, as you know, and this is something I definitely need to implement. I have several nagging tasks that need my attention: perhaps I should set a timer, pour a drink, and get to work tonight!

  2. TheEmiTimes on August 9, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Those are some good ideas! There are so many little tasks that can be completed in an hour. Thank you for the ideas.

  3. Trish @ The Trish List on August 9, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Awesome ideas! I need to pay some attention to a few areas of my house. I am going to do this one later today!

  4. Charlotte on August 9, 2017 at 10:44 am

    This is great, Sheryl. It’s so funny how I can completely waste an hour doing something mindless/meaningless but when it comes to scheduling time for things I need to accomplish, there never seems to be enough of it! Great advice and I’m going to follow this today 🙂

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on August 10, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Yea Charlotte!! Each of us waste time (not that it is a bad thing all of the time). Putting it on your calendar helps and is also something goes by very quickly.

  5. Lisa Thomson on August 9, 2017 at 11:59 am

    This is a great idea! I would certainly benefit from taking my eyes off my computer screen and turning my attention to undone tasks in my life. Going through my paperwork, filing system and shredding what I don’t need anymore would be a good place to start. My paperwork tends to get out of control. Thanks Sheryl for the great suggestion.

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on August 10, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Lisa, I am right there with you regarding paperwork in the office. It helps to just tell yourself you are going to tackle it (and you feel better).

  6. Crystal @ Dreams, etc. on August 9, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    This is a great idea! I can totally see how something like a power hour would be so beneficial. I’m going to work on incorporating it into my life.

  7. Corey Wheeland on August 9, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I think this is just what I need. I have so many small things that I need to get done, and they can be overwhelming!!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on August 10, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      You should try it Corey. It’s helpful to have a list or an area where those things are. (I have a pile of clothes that simply need buttons or a hem fixed). Would love to know if you try it.

  8. Beth Kondrick on August 9, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    I have a friend who was just talking about the idea of a power hour! I think it’s seriously a great idea, it would easily force you to get some things done and think of how much you can do with a focused hour of time!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on August 10, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Having the hour set aside is truly about focus. If we know we only have 60 minutes, we can get a lot done and end up feeling a little bit in control.

  9. shootingstarsmag on August 9, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    This is a great idea. I do think it would be good to have one hour a week to get some of those pesky tasks out of the way!! 🙂 It’s so easy to just waste time.

    -lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  10. Jess on August 10, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    This is a really good idea. I definitely lose track of time and let what should be quick tasks just balloon and take way longer than they should because I dawdle. A time limit might help me!

  11. Anthea on August 11, 2017 at 2:01 am

    Great idea! I am making use of the one minute rule so often these days. Going to try this power hour now as well.

  12. Rachel @ STCL on August 11, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Such a great idea! If you set your mind to it, there’s so much you can get done in that amount of time!

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