Scheduling a Power Hour

I’m a podcast junkie. I find that listening to varied content from economic updates to murder mysteries makes my commute less stressful. Recently, I listened to a podcast featuring Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project. If you aren’t familiar with Gretchen and her work, I highly recommend checking out her website,

Gretchen shared a piece of wisdom during this podcast, something she called a ‘power hour.’ A power hour is defined as one (scheduled) hour per week to accomplish all of those things you keep putting off: the little tasks you’ve told yourself will get done, the items on your to-do list that don’t seem to get checked (ever). A good example is my file of documents needing to be scanned. Though on my checklist, I never seem to make it to the scanner and the file continues to grow.

I decided to give it a try. For the past month, Friday from 2 to 3 pm is my power hour. I take a hard look at my task list and my inbox (items in my inbox form another task list), and during power hour I start to tackle them, one at at time. It has become a bit of a game for me to see how many things can be accomplished in those 60 minutes.

The result: at the end of each week, my task list and inbox are lighter as is my mood. Power hour may not always be possible at the same time every week, but it impacted me enough to know that it is working and needs to be part of my routine. Give it a try for a month – would love to hear how it goes. Drop me a line at or @katiestoneFBG to share your experience.