When we first talked about the concept of a “power hour”, we weren't 100% sure that the concept would be understood right away. This is due to the “Hour of Power” church program and being college graduates, the knowledge of the power hour drinking game. Despite these references we decided to call our concept for a morning routine a “power hour” anyway. So what is a “power hour”?
A “power hour” is a tool that we utilize each morning that dedicates one hour before we do anything else to focus on our mind, body and spirit. During this hour (give or take) time is spent reading, praying, meditating, writing, working-out, among other things. This is a great way to get your day off to the right start and ensure that you spend time doing the things that are important to you. We even created a membership around this concept.
So what does this have to do with you? Having a “power hour” routine is a great accountability tool. It's a key to being a great entrepreneur, employee, spouse, parent etc. I first read about this in Jeffrey Gitomer's Little Red Book of Selling. Jeffrey's premise is that before you can be the best person for others, you have to work on yourself continually to be the best person you can be for yourself.
The problem is that we all have multiple responsibilities that pull us in different directions. Because of this, we often neglect certain things that aren't urgent in the moment. Neglect in exercise, we can do it tomorrow. Neglect in prayer and gratitude, God will forgive. Neglect with our business, it wont put me out of business today is I don't have my business plan complete. These are just a few examples but you get the point.
Putting a morning routine in place for the above activities is a common theme for successful people. An excellent blog on productivity is Zen Habits. They interviewed Stephen Covey on his morning routine that he uses to get his day started on the right foot. This is just one example but there are many.
What routine do you use? If you have a morning routine, what are your results from using it? If you don't use a routine, what are your barriers for starting?