The Power of One Focused Hour a Day

Srinivas Rao
Oct 11, 2017 · 4 min read
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One of the biggest complaints that I often hear from aspiring creative is a lack of time. First and foremost, it’s important to understand that our perceptions of time are largely illusions. And one of the biggest of those illusions is the relationship between time and our ability to create value. We can do far more in a far shorter about of time than we think.

With just one focused hour a day of deep work, we can see exponential results from our efforts.

I’ve managed to write 1000 words a day, read 100 books a year, and finish a 45,000-word manuscript in 6 months with just one focused hour a day. It’s a big part of how I get shit done despite having ADD.

What matters more than just about anything else is your intensity of focus. As I’ve said before, most of our time management issues are just attention management issues. You have to avoid distractions and multitasking at all costs. If you can do this for just one hour, you’ll get more out of that one hour than most people do out of a day.

Plan Your Days the Night Before

Make Sure Your Creation Time is Uninterrupted

Get Into Flow

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Don’t Start Your Day on the Internet

Utilize Your Calendar

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Make Sure You’re Well Rested

One focused hour a day is the equivalent of having two full weeks to work on whatever it is you want. In one focused hour a day you could write a book, build a company, learn an instrument and so much more. What would add more value to your life? One focused hour a day of meaningful work, or countless hours pissed away on Facebook and twitter comparing your insides to everyone else’s outsides?

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