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As a thank you, here’s my first FREE tip from the book.

Tip #1:  Making and sticking to a daily schedule establishes the framework for getting more done.

One of the first exercises in the book focuses on getting into a daily Kick Butt Routine.  This lays the foundation for everything else to fall into place.  When I left corporate America and started working from  home, one of the keys to organizing my life was to treat my week days like work days.  I like to call it “keeping hours”.


Today I’m going to share with you one of the juiciest time management tips from my book – the Power Hour.  If you’re a subscriber to my blog, Get Your Pretty On, you may have heard me talk about it before.  The Power Hour is one of the single most important aspects of establishing your Kick Butt Routine.

I can’t say enough about the Power Hour.  The first hour of the day sets the tone for how the remaining hours will go.  So I get up a full hour ahead of the rest of my family for my daily Power Hour.  It’s my own personal staff meeting, a daily planning session just for me where I set my intentions for the day and get them down in my schedule.  I use this hour to strategize how I can be most effective for that day.  This includes creating my daily Kick Butt Routine –  an hourly daily schedule which, in addition to work, includes time for my workouts, quality time with my family, personal errands, housework and “pretty time” for getting dressed and ready for the day.  This is also when I read devotions, write in my journal and have some quiet time to reflect on what I have going on in my life.  I like to wake up early enough to watch the sun rise.  It’s the most peaceful part of my day.

“But Alison…I HATE getting up early!” 

OK, OK, I hear you.  I was not a morning person either until about two years ago.  If you absolutely cannot get up early, then plan your Power Hour for the night before.  Make it the last hour of your day, or schedule it when it’s most convenient for you.  It could be the hour immediately after your kids go to bed.  It doesn’t matter as long as you’re scheduling it. 

It’s Your Turn:  Try starting your day with a Power Hour tomorrow morning.  Use this hour to plan out your day and spend some quiet time.  Drop me a line and let me know how it goes!

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