How to Complete the Nagging Tasks on Your Todo List

As I mentioned in my post, 5-minute chores, I loathe putting away laundry. In fact, it ranks right up there with my dislike of ironing dress shirts (it’s those darn darts) and calling businesses to schedule appointments.

Of course, these tasks are by no means taxing. Frankly, they don’t even take that much time. Nevertheless, they remain nagging tasks that I never want to deal with. Even my always-reliable one minute rule can’t get me motivated.




Now, you may not have the same list as I do, but I’m willing to bet that you have a similar type of list. I’m convinced that most of us have a handful of nagging tasks that, for one reason or another, make us drag our feet and avoid them like the plague.😷

So what can we do? How can we get ourselves to declutter the closet, weed the garden, return the shirt that’s been in our car for weeks, or put in a roof replacement insurance claim? How can we complete the nagging tasks on our to-do list?

I have two words for you: Power Hour.

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How to Complete the Nagging Tasks on Your Todo List

In her book, The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin introduces the idea of the power hour.

What is the power hour, you ask?

Essentially, you set aside one hour to complete the nagging tasks piling up on your to-do list. That’s it!

If this seems like a rather simple solution, it is! And that’s the beauty of it.

You don’t have to search for time to complete the nagging tasks throughout your day. And what’s more, you don’t waste your precious energy trying to motivate yourself to get the job done. Instead, you have one specific hour dedicated to complete the nagging tasks.

As I mentioned above, it usually doesn’t take that long to finish the different tasks. In fact, I think you’ll be surprised at everything you accomplish in one hour.

IMPORTANT TIP:

One critical step for the power hour is to write it in your schedule. Whether it’s once a day, twice a week, or every Sunday at 1:00, it’s critical that you have a specific time for this activity. Otherwise, it’s entirely too easy to push it aside until “later.”

And of course, as we all know, later is always later; schedule a time and get it done. 🙌🙌🙌

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Make it Fun

Admittedly, just because we give this process a catchy name doesn’t necessarily make it enjoyable.

So with that in mind, I recommend making the hour as fun as possible.

  • Turn up your favorite music and dance along as you power through that hour. Yolanda over at Put the Kettle on has a great Happiness Playlist that I highly recommend checking out.
  • You could download your favorite audiobook and get absorbed in a story.
  • This is also a great time to catch up on your favorite podcasts.
  • You might even enlist your partner and have a “dual power hour!” Just think of everything you two could accomplish. What’s more, you’re working together as a team, which strengthens your relationship. I’d call that a double win.

The Steps

Luckily, the steps involved in a power hour are very straightforward. Here’s what you do:

  1. Make your list of nagging tasks.
  2. Set aside a specific time that you will complete your power hour.
  3. Choose a way to make it fun (play music, listen to your favorite audiobook, catch up on your podcasts etc.)
  4. Set a timer, and get to work!
  5. Celebrate! Feel incredible about everything you accomplished. 🙌

That’s it! Super easy, right? So schedule your hour and complete the nagging tasks on your list today! You’ll feel fantastic when it’s done.

If you need a boost of motivation, download your free power hour planner here! Each day of the week you write down your tasks and the time of day you’re going to complete them. Whether you tackle them all over the weekend, or you spread them out throughout the week is great. Do what works best for you! Grab your free weekly planner here 🙂

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Question:

Are you in? Will you try the power hour? What are the tasks that you avoid like the plague? Do you have any favorite strategies to complete the nagging tasks on your to-do list? Let me know below!

48 thoughts on “How to Complete the Nagging Tasks on Your Todo List”

  1. This is great! I used to call my “Power Hour” my “Sparkle Time” – the time of day when I was just the most productive and could plow through tasks more quickly than other times of the day. I started setting my task list for that part of the morning … and when I WAS productive during that time (instead of letting other meetings and tasks get in the way) I found that I was more productive throughout the day!

    1. That’s amazing! It’s like that productive hour set you up for success for the rest of the day. I love it 🙌🙌🙌

  2. Annemarie LeBlanc

    I like the idea of “power hour.” We used to have this at work. The one who could submit the most number of completed reports get an incentive. I think that would also work well with tasks at home.

    1. I love that idea, Annemarie! Fun incentives at home is a great strategy to get everyone excited to pitch in. Whoever gets the most done gets to pick their favorite dinner or they get to choose this weekend’s activity etc. Great tip!

  3. I definitely make sure to have my power hour in the morning to blast through tasks that I need to get done. I do another one in the afternoon and that seems to work for me.

    1. That’s amazing, Becca! I love that you have TWO power hours. You’re a rockstar 🙌🙌🙌

    1. Hey, Rose! I have bee practicing it, and I love it 🙂 I don’t do it every day, however. I usually have a power hour scheduled 2-3 times per week. Once on Saturday and Sunday, and also on a Tuesday or Wednesday. For the weekday power hour, I have my list made before getting home from work; when I get home, I get started right away. I find that if I “wait until after dinner” (or some other excuse 😂) I lose motivation. If I do it right when I get home, however, I’m able to stick with it. On the weekends it’s a little easier since I’m not tired from work. I also like to have my husband help with the power hour on the weekends, which makes it more fun (plus, we get more done!) 🙂 One reader, Annemarie, suggested having incentives. For example, if you complete the power hour, that means you get to have one hour of (insert fun activity here: reading, go for a walk, watch your favorite show, take a nap, play a game etc.) I thought that was a fun suggestion, too 🙂

      1. An incentive, great idea! I didn’t think about that. Hm, I could do 1 power hour, have chocolate covered espresso beans then continue with another power hour! 😉

    1. Isn’t it amazing when we get “in the zone” like that? Maybe you can start making note of what’s going on the next time you get into superwoman mode. Perhaps there are patterns that allow you to feel that boost of motivation and excitement (for example, a certain time of day, when you get X hours of sleep, when your husband helps out etc.) 🙂

    1. Yes! I completely agree. Tackling a bunch of projects without a plan is almost too overwhelming to start.

  4. Ok, I need to do this. I have closets that desperately need cleaning out and also my kid’s playroom is in dire need of a decluttering. I don’t know how two boys can have that many toys! Love the suggestions about podcasts and music!

  5. This power hour sounds like a really cool concept! I think I may try this on Saturday. I have household and business items i need to knock out.

  6. What a great idea! Gosh, there are things that have been on my to-do list for months because it seems like there are always bigger fish to fry.

    Hmm…. As a SAHM to a very active toddler, I don’t think I can manage to find an hour every day, but I can surely do a power hour once or twice a week! It’d be so nice to check those dreaded tasks off my list 🙂

    1. Thanks, Vita! You definitely don’t have to do it every day 🙂 I only do my power hours 2-3 times a week. As you said, it really feels great to get those lingering tasks checked off your to-do list 🙌🙌🙌

  7. Such a great idea! I read this book ages ago and need to re-read it. Make so much sense to get all those little things done in an hour!

    1. Isn’t it a great book? And I agree – it feels so great to check off all those little tasks in such a short amount of time 🙂

  8. This is the first time I heard about Power Hour. It makes sense. Sometimes the tasks I always put off are the easy ones because ” I can always do that any time” but they never get done.

  9. Okay I am starting this power hour tomorrow. Honestly I think this is a good idea and would work perfectly for me.

    1. Thanks, Jenni! It’s amazing how much we can get done in that amount of time if we dedicate ourselves to it 🙂

  10. I love the 5 steps you shared. I am very task oriented however with certain tasks, I’m really bad about putting them off. So this post was really helpful and now you’ve given me the confidence to tackle them now!

  11. I heard about the Power Hour on Gretchen Rubin’s podcast and I’ve been obsessed ever since! It’s so helpful for completing those nagging tasks. It’s surprising how much you can actually get done in an hour too!

    1. Yes! It’s incredible how much we can accomplish, isn’t it? And I’m thrilled to meet another Happier podcast lover 🙂

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