Power Hour: The Smart Way to Manage Life Admin

The Trick to Managing Life Admin

The Happier Podcast with Gretchen Rubin has been one of my favourite weekly listens for a number of years. I absolutely adore the show, which shares simple tricks to make your life happier, healthier and more productive.

One of the techniques that Gretchen Rubin regularly champions is “Power Hour“. And it’s a practise that I’ve adopted to get through my weekly list of household chores.

“Something that can be done at any time is often done at no time,” Gretchen says. And that statement rings true for me! I work from home, so 99.9% of the time life admin gets pushed to the side in favour of more “important” tasks (like sending another email, or checking a podcast edit). I need an effective structure in place in order to blast through my to-do list. And that’s where Power Hour comes in…

Find the Time for Household Chores

How to Find the Time for Household Chores

Power Hour is a 60-minute block of uninterrupted time, which you dedicate to small chores that you’ve been overlooking for days, weeks or months. Gretchen suggests doing one Power Hour session per week – and I usually do mine over the weekend or on a Friday afternoon.

“It’s a secret of adulthood: nothing is more exhausting than the task that’s never started,” Gretchen explains. “I knew this, but nevertheless I’d accumulated a lengthy list of small, mildly unpleasant tasks that I kept putting off—in many cases, for months. Maybe years.”

Power Hour allows you to whizz through all of those unpleasant tasks in a time-efficient and painless manner. To make the process more enjoyable I usually pop on a podcast or some music. And it’s always so satisfying to see how much you’re able to accomplish in short amount of time!

How to find the household chores
H&M Snake Print Blouse

The kind of tasks I perform during a power hour:

– Opening and filing away bills that have been piling up for weeks
– Vacuuming and/or dusting my apartment
– Tidying up my closet (refolding and hanging clothes that have been scattered around throughout the week)
– Returning library books
– Washing my makeup brushes
– Taking out my cardboard and plastic recycling

How do you find the time for household chores? And will you be adopting Gretchen Rubin’s Power Hour technique too? Comment below to have your say…

Style Credits: Blouse by H&M (borrowed from the press showroom for shoot) | Jeans by Donna Ida (gift) | Shoes by L.K. Bennett (past season gift)

Photos by Chloe Ely


  1. Marta says:

    Because I always work on my laptop, it usually runs out of battery a bit before lunchtime and it finishes charging about an hour after I already finished lunch so I always take that time while my laptop is charging after lunch to get all those things done and it really works. Before I’d just sit around and read a book or watch tv but now I’m productive and leaves more time after work to do other things like watching YouTube videos or Netflix or just overall fun things. I think a power hour is definitely useful and an amazing tip for everyone that works at home.

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