Can a Daily “Power Hour” Make You Happier & More Productive?

Okay, be honest: do you have a productivity problem?

For most employees, productivity comes in fits and starts that spread out over the course of the workday. It’s impossible, after all, to be working to your maximum potential 100 percent of the time. And, some job functions simply require more focus and brainpower than others. Because of this, it’s all too easy to put off the “real” work for another day and chip away at tasks that are relatively easy to do, but only moderately important.

The result is that you might feel like you’re working to your maximum potential, but you’re not actually getting anything done, which can be awfully stressful. This is where “Power Hour” can save your sanity—and your job.

Bestselling author and productivity expert Gretchen Rubin writes about Power Hour in her new book, Better Than Before, and we think it’s a genius concept. Ready for it?

  • Set the timer for 60 minutes
  • Complete as many of your challenging, high-priority tasks as possible
  • Stop as soon as you hear the buzzer

Deceptively simple, Power Hour is a productivity trick that can actually help employees get more done in far less time. Think about it. If you are highly productive—and we mean highly—for 5 hours out of the week, every week, you can accomplish practically anything. We’re talking no distractions, nose to the grindstone, old-fashioned hard work here. Does this mean you stop working the rest of the week? Of course not. It means that you get what’s important done on time, every time—but in reasonable chunks that never feel overwhelming.

You can adapt the idea in any number of ways, increasing the time frame or spacing them out to work for your job and schedule. How will you use the concept of Power Hour to get more done at work with less overall stress?


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