Do you have a bunch of nagging tasks that you need to take care of? Even though nagging tasks, like hanging pictures or vacuuming out your car, are easy to put off, they could be keeping you from reaching your big goals.
Nagging tasks are distracting. Even if you put them off, you still expend energy thinking about them. If you have a lot of nagging tasks, that can end up being a lot of thought-space wasted on the non-essential things.
Experts in time management and goal setting will tell you that you should only focus on the most important things in order to reach your goals. This is true, but I think you can reach your big goals a lot faster if you set aside time to take care of those nagging tasks. Getting them done leaves you feeling accomplished and less distracted.
This week, I was listening to the Happier podcast with Gretchen Rubin, and she talked about the idea of a Power Hour. According to Gretchen, a Power Hour is “a single habit to cover a bunch of non-recurring, highly diverse tasks.” It’s an hour that you schedule to do all of those random things you never get around to doing.
Things You Could Do During a Power Hour
- Change lightbulbs
- Hang pictures
- Throw things away/declutter
- Put photos in an album
- Move furniture you’ve been meaning to move
- Remove a stain
- Clean out a drawer or cabinet
- Fix something
- Adjust curtains or blinds
- Clean dryer vents
- RSVP to events
- Return an email
- Finish paperwork
- Renew your passport
- Make an appointment
- Clean out drains
- Order something you’ve been meaning to order
- Check your cell phone plan to see if you can use rollover minutes more efficiently
- Organize gift cards
- Upload gift card credits
- Organize food storage containers
- Clean out purse or wallet
- Put water bottles in car in case of emergency
- Change windshield wiper blades
- Cancel a subscription
- Make a photo Christmas card (you can do this any time of year!)
- Unpack a box
- Break down boxes to be recycled
I think I have enough random tasks to fill a Power Week, but I decided to do a Power Hour this week to see how it worked out.
I set my timer for one hour, and got to work.
Here are some of the things I did:
- Hung a picture – It had been sitting on the floor for over a year.
- Changed a duvet cover
- Corralled storage containers in one place
- Responded to an email that needed a longer response
Even though I wasn’t looking forward to the Power Hour, after it was over, I felt like I’d really taken a lot of annoying stuff off my plate. It helped me to better focus on more important things.
Not sure what your most important things are? I’ve struggled with prioritizing tasks my whole life. One thing that helping me focus and prioritize based on my goals is Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Year course.
It’s a video course that walks you through the process of setting up your own big goals, and setting up actionable steps to get those goals accomplished. I just started Make Over Your Year, but I’ve already learned so much from it, and I’m really hoping it will help me better focus on the most-important things.
What kinds of non-urgent tasks have you been putting off? Have you ever tried to do a Power Hour?
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