Those of you who enjoyed the finer things in life in college, may have been excited by the title of this post. Calm down, it’s not that kind of power hour. The only shots in involved will be shots of awesomeness for getting so much done in such a short time.
One of the best productivity tricks I’ve had over the years, both personally and professionally, is the Productive Power Hour.
In fact, I’m writing this post during one right now.
The concept is that for one hour, you will be as productive as possible without breaks or distractions. You’ll focus on the task at hand and putting all of your time and energy into that task.
It’s pretty easy to do, just follow these steps:
1. Block 1 hour of time during your day.
This can be any time of day, but I suggest doing it during a time you have lower energy. I know that contradicts most of what you read about optimizing your energy levels, but I chose to do this to overcome the lull in my day. This prevents me from indulging in time-wasters like aimless browsing of the internet or watching TV.
2. Have a plan – decide what you want to accomplish before you start.
If you work in sales, maybe it’s making X number of phone calls or sending x number of emails. Back when I worked in business development, we used to do this as a team with great success. This means you’ll want to do some prep-work in advance to ensure you can move seamlessly between calls/emails.
3. Eliminate distractions.
If you are writing, close your email and social media accounts. Turn your phone on do not disturb. Focus on the task at hand, and just know that after an hour you can reconnect with the rest of the world.
4. Challenge yourself or make a game out of it.
If you do it in a group, cleaning your house for example, you can turn it into a little friendly competition. Doing it solo? Set a goal for how many X you’ll accomplish and see if you can meet or exceed it!
This method has worked for me for years, and is something I see myself continuing to do for years to come.
How do you hyper-focus to get things done?