Try This At Home: Have a Power Hour

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?

29 Comments

  1. Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet on January 19, 2016 at 7:05 am

    This is another great part in the series. I hate those little nagging task and they get away with you fast! I always try to set aside time in the morning, since I know the afternoons are my least productive time periods. I definitely need to work on this as well!!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 19, 2016 at 7:07 am

      As I shared, I am not great with doing this weekly but find I can do it every two weeks. Thanks for your support!! XOXO

  2. Christine Everyday on January 19, 2016 at 7:37 am

    This is a great idea! There are definitely some things that I put off forever and it would be great to just get them all done at once. I really love this.

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 19, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Thanks Christine. I think we all have those drawers and places that need attention but we ignore!

  3. Nicole Rubackin Hayward on January 19, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Wow, I never thought about just scheduling an hour to take care of those pesky little tasks. What a great idea. I need to implement it into my schedule

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 19, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      I’m so glad you stopped by Nicole! We tend to forget these tasks and they simply sit there driving us crazy. By setting aside time, we get to tackle them and feel better. I would love to hear if you are able to get it into your schedule.

  4. Emily @ Ember Grey. on January 19, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Love this. I’m with Nicole- I’ve never thought of a power hour being used for non-work related things on my to-do list. “By creating a power hour, you are giving yourself permission to tackle the ongoing list.” – Love that, giving yourself permission. Funny how we need to do that sometimes 🙂 Great post!!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 19, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you Emily! Just this morning I looked at the cabinet under my vanity and realized it is in need of a power hour. Actually, it won’t take a full hour but I keep ignoring it. It’s all about letting yourself know it is ok to do it. Those tasks are just as important as the others.

  5. Allie on January 19, 2016 at 10:23 am

    I love this idea. Like others are saying, I’ve never thought to make a power hour to get those tasks done that you’re always putting off but need to get done. Great idea!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 19, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks Allie! It does help make life a little less stressful. I hope you are able to create your own power hour.

  6. Katie Arnold on January 19, 2016 at 10:35 am

    It’s such a great idea! It’s always funny how we talk ourselves out of some of these tasks that really don’t take very long and once they’re done, we feel SO much better!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 19, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Yes, we are great at talking ourselves out of tasks but quickly realize how much better it makes us feel if we do them.

  7. Meagan on January 19, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Love this. I might actually have 2-3 power hours a week. There are so many things to catch up on!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 19, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      Ok girl, it sounds like you are planning to power at things!! It’s amazing how much there can be but it really doesn’t take long when we set aside the time to do it! I’m going to check in to see how things are going. 🙂

  8. Runwright on January 19, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Power hour is an awesome idea. I do that and I teach my kids that when I babysit/tutor/teach. Thanks for sharing it here.

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 21, 2016 at 7:43 am

      I’m so glad to hear you are sharing it with others. Educating young children on the correct ways to organize is so beneficial.

  9. Chrissy Z. on January 19, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Ha, love this! What a great idea! xxx

  10. Kim Munoz on January 19, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    This is a great idea. I think on most days I do this. But if I scheduled it and made it part of my everyday routine, I could get so much more done!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 21, 2016 at 7:42 am

      I can’t fit a power hour into my life weekly but it does help to schedule one when you can.

  11. Nina B on January 19, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I am trying this sometime soon, this week, possibly tomorrow! Thanks!

  12. Rachel @ STCL on January 19, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I need several power hours to get all the things done! But one will do for now 🙂

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 21, 2016 at 7:41 am

      Rachel, it’s all about starting with one and you will be amazed at what you get accomplished.

  13. Bourbon & Lipstick on January 19, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Jason and I are both loving your tips! We have enjoyed utilizing them.

  14. Vashelle on January 19, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Ooh, I like the idea of a power hour! I tend to procrastinate on those small (but important) tasks and then I get stressed out at the last minute, so an intentional power hour would really help me.

    P.S. I’ve been utilizing the idea you shared last week, about never leaving a room without taking something with you…and my house has been staying relatively organized. Thanks! 🙂

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on January 21, 2016 at 7:40 am

      Yea Shelly! It makes me so happy that you are benefiting from some of these tips. The take one thing with you is probably my favorite. It’s amazing how orderly it does make things. The Power Hour can help too – I’ve never met anyone who didn’t have a list of taks they keep avoiding because it’s not necessary.

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