Do you often feel overwhelmed by your tasks that never seem to get done? They could be pesky, little ones that take only five minutes or colossal ones that could change the course of your business. In this digital era, we have every sort of productivity app imaginable at our fingertips and yet still, most real estate professionals feel exhausted by the extensive number of tasks on their plate. Do you want to reduce the frustration and stress you feel juggling your never-ending tasks? You can! All you need to do is intentionally repurpose only one hour each week.

Whether you desire more family time or just more focused time to take your business to the next level, a weekly power hour is a must. Consistently executing one gives you the ability to have extreme laser focus, so you can be most efficient when completing the tasks that seem particularly difficult and hard to knock off your list. A weekly power hour also cleans the slate by clearing your desk, and possibly even your task list and inbox, so you can return to work renewed and ready to tackle anything.

Getting Started

To create your power hour, schedule an hour of time at the end of each week to knock out as many small tasks on your to-do list as possible. Most should take only a few minutes, like a simple email, reviewing a document, paying a bill or filing a letter. If you were to do those tasks throughout the week as they pop up, they would mess with the flow of the high-priority tasks you need to work on. They would also waste your valuable time, because after work is interrupted for whatever reason, it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to the task. If you batch small tasks all together into one power hour, however, you can address and complete all those little tasks back-to-back with utmost efficiency.

Avoiding Added Stress

Accomplishing menial tasks promptly instead of ignoring them greatly improves your productivity and the state of your business. That is because of the sheer fact that if they did not get done in a timely manner, they would pop up sporadically as urgent, interfere with your focus, beg your attention away from your high-priority activities and potentially cause even greater problems. Don’t let low-priority tasks lag over from week to week until they become pressing issues that cause you undue stress. Putting off making a doctor’s appointment, paying a bill, or responding to an email for too long risks your health, a late fee and losing a potential client. Capture all such low-priority tasks throughout the week then accomplish them during your productivity power hour.

Deciding Which Tasks Qualify

Determining whether or not a task should be completed during your power hour should take less than two minutes. For each small, quick task that needs to be completed throughout the week, ask yourself, Can this wait until my power hour? If there would be no repercussions from waiting, the answer should be yes. Add the task to your Power Hour Task List and all paperwork needed for it to a folder labeled Power Hour. Then you won’t have to rummage through all of your other paperwork to find your power hour tasks and can tackle them with ease quickly. Organization is key.

After your first power hour, you are going to gain a great deal of freedom, because you will have removed the incessant, nagging voices which remind you about all that needs to get done. By clearing your head, you’ll also be making room for more productive thought. You will be able to accomplish tasks with ease quickly, and therefore have more time for what matters most. Schedule time for a power hour each week, hold yourself to working through your task list intentionally during it, and you will be setting yourself up for success the following week. It’s just one hour. Make the time and push your productivity to the limit!

 

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