Power Hour

Getting more done in a day is a concerted effort for me lately. Can you relate?



When I worked full time I was able to accomplish so much more! Sometimes when we are forced or working under pressure we accomplish much more than we do when time is more free flowing.  I recently became aware of the idea of a Power Hour. In this one hour you set a timer, decide what to do, and GO. There are to be no interruptions.

No TV, no phone calls, no snacks. Just work towards your goal.

The concept is so simple and definitely not new but I had forgotten how effective it is. When I was a teacher, we would often set personal timers for students who had difficulties focusing. Just knowing the time limit is a challenge in your mind and it works so well.

In one hour you might clean a big portion of your house. In one hour you might deal with the paperwork you've been putting off. In one hour you might purge your closet. You'd be surprised what can happen uninterrupted.

Have you tried setting a timer for tasks at home? It's just a little bit amazing what can get done in one hour. And here at our house - Lord help the man who gets in my way!


**Our thoughts and prayers continue for our neighbors along the Texas coastline. My husband and I both have lots of family in Houston and around Corpus Christi but everyone is fine. Thank you for your messages checking on us.



29 comments

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

So glad to hear your family are all fine. All of the flooding is horrible.

I am amazed at what can be accomplished when we set our minds to doing something. Procrastination for me is a bad thing.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

Rita C. said...

Amazing what 1 hr can deliver when focus is strong. Funny, when working, I used to call my lunches Power Lunches, where I accomplished all sorts of chores from grocery shopping to oil changes, to dr. appts.

#PrayersforTexas
Glad to hear you're okay as well as your family. MY nephew & his family are in Katy, and it's more frightening with each passing hour. Other family are okay in Austin and points further north. Having lived through WV's flood last year, it is all too close to home yet again.

Sandy said...

I set a timer almost daily to clean by. It keeps me from stopping for distractions. That has been the hardest thing for me since retirement...the no schedule. I can doodle away more time by being distracted.

The Sketchy Reader said...

I do set the microwave timer sometimes for chores when I'm in a time crunch. What a blessing that your friends and family are okay....so frightening!

We spent time (as a congregation) praying for Texas yesterday at church. I think our church is sending a team in as soon as they're cleared to go.

Calypso In The Country said...

I do best when I have a time limit to get things done. I am forced to stay focused and I feel like I accomplish more! Prayers for Texas!
Shelley

Cecilia said...

I'm glad your family is safe. The pictures of the flooding and destruction has been heartbreaking. In Austin, we've had lots of rain but nothing like further south.
I often set a timer but more so I know when to take a break. I tend to get really focused and have no idea how much time I've been at a task. So the timer reminds me to stretch and take a short break! It's a good motivator though when I'm procrastinating.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I have been wondering about my Texas blog friends....glad to hear you are okay! Yes, I do know the power of setting your mind on a task for a period of time with no interruptions. Why don't I do it more?? I also have learned that if you have 5 minutes while waiting for something else, you can accomplish things then too!

Bluesky Kitchen Carol Lander said...

I agree with you completely. Lately I've been reading about the 20 minute power time. That wouldn't be long enough for me. I don't set a timer, but just keep looking at the clock. I like the timer idea.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

So glad that you and your family are fine. Praying for Texas.

Donna said...

So glad you and your family are okay...praying for those souls who are affected by this storm. Our oldest daughter lives in the DFW area so they were not affected.

The timer is a dandy idea. I have thought about using a stopwatch to see how long it takes to perform certain tasks. If using a timer or stopwatch would motivate me, I'd be all over that...ha!

Andrea Nine said...

Been worried about you guys! The timer idea is brilliant and I'm sending oodles of positive thoughts and prayers your way!!!

Decor To Adore said...

It truly is glorious what can be accomplished in just an hour. Today I hope to get the finishing touches made on deep cleaning the guest room. Our family in Houston may soon need it. I know you join me in prayer that the levees will hold. It seems rather unfair that my poor cousin must once again be faced with this as she lived in New Orleans during Katrina and was homeless for 3 months. Bring on the sun!!!

Jeanie said...

I have to do this to face my basement. I set it for a half hour and usually end up "into it" by then and stay longer. But at least I've done something. Dare I ramp it up to an hour? Sure, I'll give it a try!

Brenda Pruitt said...

No, I haven't tried this. But sure sounds like a plan!
Brenda

taylorlisa said...

I started using the Pomodoro timer method a couple of years ago and when I use it, I am super focused and productive!

Simply LKJ said...

Glad to hear your family is all okay. We know several who have been displaced. Katie has so many friends in the area from BU. Love the idea of setting a timer. I swear I used to get more done in a day when I had two toddlers at home.

Kathleen Grace said...

I am the same way Stacey, I do work much better under pressure than with all the time in the world. Even setting the timer for 20 or 30 minutes can make a big difference! Glad you are not in the flood area!

Marlene Stephenson said...

Wait till you get older and you are trying to accomplish something that use to take you one hr. now takes longer cause, you go to get something and then get busy on something else and finally you remember what you came in that room for and go back to what you were supposed to be doing in the first place. I just laugh at myself and go on,cause it may take me longer but i get two things done instead of one.God is good,maybe i just needed to do both.

laura@notatrophywife.com said...

Thank you for the reminder Stacey for the power of an hour.
I actually saw a "sand timer" at Target and thought that would be fun. May need to find a reason to go back. wink!

Thankful your family and friends are safe. Sending prayers and resources from Colorado! laura

Kim said...

Lately, my power hours have been spent at the mall, back to school shopping. ;) So glad to hear that you are ok and I am sending prayers to Texas to those who are in the middle of the storm.

Pam Richardson said...

Stacey, I accomplished much more when I was working. I need to set the timer and not get distracted! Yes. we continue to pray for all those hurt by this horrific hurricane!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I don't really worry about how much I get accomplished...I go in spurts! I work real hard when I have lots of energy and try not to worry about what's not done the rest of the time. But I'm older...and slower! lol Hugs!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I need to do this, Stacey! Yes, I accomplish more when I'm under pressure, which doesn't happen much any more. Thanks for this idea.
p.s. Your flower beds are going to be awesome!

Lady of the Manor said...

I'm glad your family are all ok. The pictures in the news from the Gulf Coast are unbelievable. We are keeping them all in our prayers. I was a teacher, as well, and remember setting timers for several students. They always seemed to get more done when we made a game of it and this is a great idea for retired ladies, too! Lol!

Blondie's Journal said...

So relieved you and your family are okay. I'm worried about Lisa from Texas Decor-she's in Houston. Have you heard anything from her?

You have a novel idea here...I truly need to try it. I agree, when my kids were small I got so much done in a day. The more time I have, the more I piddle!!

Jane x

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

So glad your family is all safe! We, too, have family and friends in the area affected by Hurricane Harvey. Some have evacuated, some been rescued, and some spared to help their neighbors. Prayers continue for our home state of Texas!

Occasionally I will set a timer when I need to get focused on a project. In fact, this may just be what I need to do today. There's a project I've been putting off... Thanks for the suggestion!

Cristina Garay said...

So glad to hear you and your family are OK! Praying for all the families that have been affected. :(
Great tip! yes, so much can be accomplish in one hour. Gotta send this to my daughter. ;)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

So glad to hear that you and your family in those affected areas are fine. So much devastation. Love the idea of the Power Hour. I so remember when I worked full time which in most weeks was over a 40 hour week, when I came home Friday nights, it was pizza and cleaning night! I got more done in a few hours and had the weekend to play! But then again, back then, Social Media did not exist!

Shelia said...

Oh, Stacey, my thoughts and prayers are certainly with all of folks affected by Harvey. I can't believe we would have been in this if we had still lived in Galveston. I guess you're okay? I see the rains are beginning to spread out. Yes, I do set the timer sometimes to get stuff done. I know you'll make your gardens gorgeous at your new home.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)