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 task 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
- 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?