With the clocks going back in the uk recently by an hour, I found myself feeling the effects of how much having an extra hour can make!
I thought that I should look to use an hour a week wisely; a “power hour”!
This hour will give me time to sit down and sort through the things I want achieve; get done for the week ahead; and get super organised.
There really is alot to be said about having 60 minutes of pure planning.
So my “power hour” I have decided needs to be on a day where it is practical and works well for me. I decided to go for a Friday as this is a good day for enough time to plan and get things ready for the following week ahead. It’s important that you make your “power hour” work for you and on your most practical day too!
During this hour I start with a note pad and pen or anything you want to use for getting things written down and of course a good thinking space.
The first part is to clear your mind of mind-chatter. Then every day thoughts of to-do tasks, they need addressing first to allow you to be really focused. Start with getting those shopping lists and diary dates sorted and out of your mind. This allows you to move on to the next part.
This is the powerful part as this means you write down things that you can start to make happen.
Its then time look at your aims for the week ahead;
next week I want to ….. and right down 2 or 3 things you really want to do or get done that will allow you to feel you have moved forward from where things currently are.
This could be something like, finally clearing out that cupboard you have, which is a mess. This style of task has a domino affect because this task being done leads to there then being space you didn’t have and you can use this to store the things you love to use or for hobbies, such as baking, crafts or more storage to feel organised.
Maybe a reading library space, the possibilities are endless if you want to get creative and also based on the location of the cupboard.
This task leads to measurable results and creates a positive shift for your living environment.
Now the second part. This part is to look at another area in your life.
“what are you doing that challenges you in a positive way? What’s on the cards for the week ahead?
what are you currently working on to keep you progressing personally. It’s so important to feel challenged in the right way and regularly.
So this part of the list is where you write down things you wont to do to progress in your personal development at the moment, such as trying new things. This might be a job, learning new skill or craft. Join a social group and don’t be afraid of trying new things out!
Just think the worse that could happen is you try it and decide it’s not for you but at least you’ll never be left wondering what if!
This type of challenge can also be layering on anything you are currently doing that you want to step up such as running further distance, gaining a further qualification, basically anything that means you step up your game as long as you keep things progressing. Make it fun and something that leaves you feeling motivated in your life and of course happy!
Now the third part,
What can you change?
This needs to be something that is not working at the moment or makes you feel negative.
This maybe a feeling that you are failing at something and that if it was working correctly it could really bring a lot to your life.
An example might result in pro action to gym attendance. You may currently have set unreasonable and unrealistic timings, which don’t work. You maybe not motivated, to tired or your other life commitments get in the way at the current evenings dedicated to this.
Therefore this is your area to change, set a plan of action of how you are going to make this work!
This could be trying a morning workout on a day where there is less pressure maybe a weekend, a morning on your route to work or during your lunch hour.
Try the change of plan out during the week ahead; remember nothing is set in stone and you can make a change to make it work!
Anything that you are doing but currently no-longer want to do, is suitable ditch it! whenever your ready to of course and find something better to use your time.
Make sure you log all your changes and steps you have made as it’s so rewarding to see the journey you have been on and how far you have come!
remember “every step counts”