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Do you procrastinate certain tasks like making phone calls, paying bills, or cleaning your house? I hear ya! I’m the queen of procrastination. But I recently heard about one method that can help you overcome procrastination. A power hour! Since I heard about it, I’ve used it a few times and I’m hooked. It helps me get tons of things done in a short space of time.
Schedule your power hour and knock out all the things you’ve been procrastinating. You’ll feel amazing afterward!
What is a power hour?
A power hour is when you set aside one hour to deal with all the annoying little tasks that you’ve been ignoring.
The benefit of it is that it helps you overcome procrastination by giving you a set time to get all these little tasks done in. It also stops you from being distracted by your to-do list because you’ve scheduled in time to do the tasks. For example, if you know that you’ll be doing a power hour of cleaning on Tuesday at 3 p.m., you won’t worry so much when you spot something out of place on Monday.
You can use it for all sorts of tasks like cleaning, running errands, making phone calls, and even self-care. Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before, recommends choosing tasks that have “no deadline, no accountability, no pressure” because these are the tasks that don’t get done.
My favorite thing to use it for is cleaning my apartment. I’m not the biggest fan of cleaning. I clean up after myself, but I avoid things like sweeping and dusting until I just can’t take it anymore. By that stage, there are so many layers of dust that it takes me much longer to clean it. Scheduling a regular cleaning power hour will mean that it gets done, but it doesn’t take me that long.
I know some of you will have the opposite problem where you can’t walk past a speck of dirt without cleaning it. Stopping to do chores whenever you spot them will distract you from other more important things. You think it will only take you five minutes, but then you spot something else, and it spirals out of control. So to ensure that your house stays clean, but you don’t spend all day on it, I recommend trying a power hour. A power hour will help you contain the madness!
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How do you do it?
The most important thing is to include your power hour in your schedule. If you don’t schedule it, you probably won’t do it. That’s how things go for me anyway!
To prepare for your power hour, decide what you’re going to focus on. I find it’s better to batch similar tasks together. So dedicate one of your power hours just to cleaning your apartment. Dedication a different hour to doing life admin tasks.
Make a note of all the little tasks you need to do during your power hour. This will ensure that you don’t forget something that you wanted to do.
Set a timer for one hour and knock off as many of the tasks as you can during that hour. This is an important step because it’s easy to keep going once you start (if you have the time to keep going, then go for it), but if you’re short on time, you don’t want your power hour to bleed into your next time block.
You’ll feel like you’ve accomplished so much. And if you don’t get everything done, save it for the next power hour!
Need a bit more motivation to get started?
A master procrastinator like me often needs an extra push to get started. I like to promise myself a reward at the end of a successful power hour like watching a short Netflix show or YouTube video.
You could also try making it a game and seeing how many tasks you can accomplish in an hour. Or you could make it fun by listening to music or a podcast while you work. This works wonders when you’re cleaning! Dance around a bit and burn some extra calories while you’re at it!
If you’re looking for more ideas about how you can use a power hour, Anne from Modern Mrs. Darcy uses it to find time to learn new things. I love the sound of that!
So that’s it. A crazy simple way to make at least one hour of your day/week be super productive. Sometimes just one power hour will get you on a roll and make you feel productive for several days.
What about you? What do you do to make yourself more productive?
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