The Power Day is by far the most popular idea I share with my clients—though I have to give credit to my husband for inventing it when our son was a baby and we were both juggling big jobs, family and a big life.
The Power Day is a productivity strategy to be used when you are overwhelmed and falling behind at work or at home, and feeling like there is no hope of actually catching up. By going starting early, ending late and being a productivity “maniac” for the whole day, on occasion you can dig yourself out—but it is easier said than done.
The Secrets of the Power Day—it’s all in the set-up:
- Look ahead in your schedule and block out a full day way ahead of time. This is a day where you will accept no meetings, no conference calls or webinars, no meals with others, and where you will not take part in child pick up, family time or event attendance. The idea is to have no obligations other than taking action on tasks at work for an extended period of time.
- Try not to pick a day that is “at risk” for work or home emergencies by considering your industry, work culture and family dynamics. It might have to be a Saturday or a Sunday.. If not, then be sure to book out as far out as needed to set yourself up for success. Arrange extra childcare, move meetings, etc.
- If you are doing your Power Day at the office during a work day, be sure to put out a sign that tells people you are not available—lock the door if necessary and don’t answer the door if you are home. If appropriate, wear jeans or casual clothing—this will help you stay out of impromptu meetings. Bring snacks, coffee, lunch, music, etc. so that you have no excuse to leave your office/home other than necessity.
Once all of the above is in place, the only thing left to do is execute on tasks. Your Power Day can push you ahead on big projects that require critical thinking or on deleting 35,000 emails from your in-box. You can use it to clear your desk, organize your files, make lists, de-clutter your home and to finish what you start. Your brain will be in focus-heaven and you will feel the benefits of your Power Day for weeks to come.
Coaching Assignment—what neglected task or to do causes you the most stress?
Brenda Abdilla is the founder of Management Momentum LLC and a PCC level Professional Certified Coach, a distinction shared by less than 35% of all coaches worldwide. For over 13 years, Brenda traveled the world as a professional speaker, business consultant and executive recruiter, working with thousands of top-level professionals in the areas of sales, management and leadership.
Since founding Management Momentum in 2004, Brenda has developed a wide portfolio of options for clients who want to navigate career changes and job promotions, increase productivity, improve leadership skills and remove obstacles in the way of moving forward. Through coaching, workshops, programs and assessments, Brenda helps clients reach their desired outcomes sooner rather than later. If you would like to feel more engaged, challenged, energized, fulfilled and certain about your career direction, you can sign up for a free session with Brenda here.
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