You can do almost anything for 15 minutes, right? I know you can. I have broken down most activities into 15 minute ‘go for it’ type of tasks. This includes laundry, vacuuming, cold calling, and paperwork. I live by the 15-minute-rule. Do you know it? If I can’t do it in 15 minutes, then I need to break it down.
So, why is this post called a Power Hour then? It is all in the quarters. First Power Hour of the day is to get you going. We all have lots of Goals. In fact, I teach about crafting eight goals for your life in the area of Faith, Finances, Relationships, Business, Fun, Personal, Health, and Contribution. AND, I can get two of my daily goals completed in the first Power Hour of the day. I do two 15-minute blocks of Exercise and the next two blocks on Bible Reading and Prayer. I use the exercise time to think as well as plan the course of action for the day. It is all about using time wisely and packing more into your Power Hours.
What have you learned about Power Hours? This ‘get moving hour’ is vital to your day. It has been studied that if you start out your day with productive activity then the rest of your day goes that much better. Wouldn’t it be great to get more done and feel more accomplished at the end of your day? Crossing off all those tasks that are moving you in the right direction toward completing your Goals? I am getting excited just writing about the possibilities!
When I was in Direct Sales I learned about another type of Power Hour. Again, it breaks down into 15 minute segments: Calls for Parties, Hostess Coaching, Customer Care, and Team Connections. Like I said before. . . I can do anything for 15 minutes. This way of working also lends itself to the ability to be interrupted and not lose focus. Your Power Hour does not have to be a continuous hour. It can be broken up throughout your day. Perfect for me when I was Homeschooling and working.
Challenge yourself to Power Hours. What do you want to accomplish? It can anything from cleaning your house, working on your business, to writing a book. Select four activities that would accomplish a goal, each activity should take 15 minutes. (Yes, some goals are more ongoing than others.) Write out the four activities and when you are going to do them. Set a timer and GO!
Here a few more examples for you:
|Goal:||15 minutes||15 minutes||15 minutes||15 minutes|
|Creating Content for Social Media||Find and/or take photographs that appeal to your ideal client||Write out sayings, quotes, questions that pertain to your message||Combine photos and sayings to promote your business (use programs like Canva.com)||Create a posting schedule or use a service like Buffer, Hoot Suite, or Meet Edgar (fill the schedule)|
|Ongoing Marketing for Business||Write & Post on Instagram (push to Facebook & Twitter)||Write & Send email Newsletter to your list||Facebook LIVE or Periscope broadcast||Answer Messages & Emails|
|Daily Mental and Physical Exercise||Read a Non-fiction book related to your Business||Walk or Run on the treadmill||Think about and journal about one idea that is on your mind||Walk or Run on the treadmill again or choose another activity|
|Clean Kitchen||Clear dishes & load dishwasher||Wipe counters, surfaces, tables, etc.||Vacuum & mop floor||Have a cup of coffee J (not everything takes an hour)|
|Plan an e-book||Decide on a topic||Create an outline||Research specific areas||Write first 500 words
The idea is to just do it for 15 minutes. When the 15 minutes is over, stop. You can pick it up the next day or even later in the day if you want to return to it. By doing Power Hours the STRENGTH is in the 15-minute muscle you are working. And just like any muscle that is worked repeatedly it will grow. You will create days filled with Power Hours that move you forward to complete your Goals. Can anyone say, SUCCESSFUL?
Be filled to overflowing,