Do you ever feel that chunks of the clock click by and you get so little done you might as well have been asleep, or at the gym, our out walking your dog – anything but working because the way you are working isn’t working?
Do you have a power hour?
I’ve heard this ‘power hour’ term often and expect, depending on lifestyle, profession or stage of life/career, it has different meaning or applications for everyone.
What are you doing in the next hour?
And the one after that?
I’ve adopted a new approach recently. Doesn’t work out every day – but most days, yes!
Sometimes I need ‘to bump it’ on my schedule, from its place from 9:00 till noon(yes, three hours – one hour for each of three main focuses). Some days I don’t have time for two or three – but there they are, on my schedule every day, blocked off. Why aim for one highly productive hour when I can aim for three? Seems like a no-brainer …
For example, if you dial people for a living – it might be an intense high energy focused/no distractions hour with high output expectations and best-results expectations too. If you make art, or widgets, it might be uninterrupted energetic production with lots of through-put.
But what would a five year old do?
What would her/his power hour be about?
I expect it would be all about fun?
If we were talking to the mother of the five year old, it would be about that child learning something important and also learning to clean up the mess afterward before moving on to whatever the next hour might hold …
If we were talking about a father of the fiver year old it might be about not making a mess and not bothering me. OK, I’m thinking about when my father was a father, and about when I was a father of a five year old. Things are different now – fathers are more involved and mothers, in most cases, are far more proactive than fathers – as they always have been. Why is that? Do they feel like creators and men feel more like ‘someone who made a contribution’? I think so. That’s changing – and it’s changed a lot in the last couple of decades. Let’s check back in 50 or a 100 years.
Now, back to my power hour. And to yours.
One hour (most days, three) focused – when I’m done, surprise-surprise, I have more energy to spend and feel I’m really accomplished some things. I usually have.
Better than a power nap.
I can’t see it differently than that five-year old having a blast for an hour, then full of energy for what’s next. I don’t remember being five, but I would like it that way …