O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives.
― Jim Morrison
When you look back on your work days, perhaps even including the weekends, do you see a pattern of times when you’re most productive? Most of us know that there’s a special, highly productive time of the day.
Studies have shown that there is an hour or so each day when we’re especially focused and energetic. Perhaps it’s a relic of our caveman past when we had to find food to feed the family. And perhaps that’s why, for many of us, it is early in the morning.
Over the years I’ve found that my most productive hour, my Hour of Power, is from five to six in the morning. Friends and colleagues of mine have found that theirs can be mid-morning, afternoon, or even late in the evening – it does vary.
Realizing that that particular hour is my most productive, I protect it at all cost. Nothing is scheduled during that time except to focus on the first, and therefore most important and usually difficult, of my daily Three Things. I take care of other morning activities like eating, reading the paper, going to the gym, and meditation before five am – or they get delayed until afterwards. I am ready with what task I will work on during my Hour of Power before it begins so I don’t sacrifice any of that valuable time trying to figure it out.
During my Hour of Power I remove all distractions as I noted earlier, and focus purely on the task at hand. At the end of the hour I consciously, mindfully, make a decision on whether to continue. I’ll commonly discover that I’ve basically finished the task – one that probably would have taken far longer at another time of the day – or I am exhausted and need a break before continuing.
Experiment and discover your Hour of Power. Then protect it and take advantage of it to give a kick to your productivity.