168 Hours

168 Hours

You Have More Time Than You Think

Book - 2010
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There are 168 hours in a week. This book is about where the time really goes, and how we can all use it better.

It's an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are starved for time. With the rise of two-income families, extreme jobs, and 24/7 connectivity, life is so frenzied we can barely find time to breathe. We tell ourselves we'd like to read more, get to the gym regularly, try new hobbies, and accomplish all kinds of goals. But then we give up because there just aren't enough hours to do it all. Or else, if we don't make excuses, we make sacrifices. To get ahead at work we spend less time with our spouses. To carve out more family time, we put off getting in shape. To train for a marathon, we cut back on sleep. There has to be a better way-and Laura Vanderkam has found one.

After interviewing dozens of successful, happy people, she realized that they allocate their time differently than most of us. Instead of letting the daily grind crowd out the important stuff, they start by making sure there's time for the important stuff. They focus on what they do best and what only they can do. When plans go wrong and they run out of time, only their lesser priorities suffer.

It's not always easy, but the payoff is enormous. Vanderkam shows that it really is possible to sleep eight hours a night, exercise five days a week, take piano lessons, and write a novel without giving up quality time for work, family, and other things that really matter. The key is to start with a blank slate and to fill up your 168 hours only with things that deserve your time.

Of course, you probably won't read to your children at 2:00 am, or skip a Wednesday morning meeting to go hiking, but you can cut back on how much you watch TV, do laundry, or spend time on other less fulfilling activities. Vanderkam shares creative ways to rearrange your schedule to make room for the things that matter most.

168 Hours is a fun, inspiring, practical guide that will help men and women of any age, lifestyle, or career get the most out of their time and their lives.

Publisher: New York : Portfolio, 2010.
ISBN: 9781591843313
Branch Call Number: 658.4093 Van
Characteristics: viii, 262 pages
Alternative Title: One hundred sixty-eight hours


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Jul 02, 2019

Excellent read to truly help you reevaluate how you prioritize time in your life. Reminiscent of some of the personal finance greats, but investing in yourself. Loved it.

Jul 10, 2017

Time management book - recommended at SIFD 2017

Jan 09, 2013

Author has easy answers because she doesn't think through her arguments. Example, if you work 8 hours a day = 40 hours, then you sleep eight = 56, 3 hours a day for child rearing = 21, you end up with 51 hours of free time a week, plenty to work towards your goal... Well, yes, but what about commuting to work, cooking, cleaning, etc? And what about energy levels after all this?

What can you expect from an author that works at home and has complete control over her schedule? Not a clue how the rest of us live.

ksoles Sep 17, 2011

Everyone has 168 hours to spend in a week. How the individual chooses to fill these hours separates the keeners from the procrastinators and distinguishes those who can always cram one more thing into their day from those who forever wish they had an extra 15 minutes. Laura Vanderkam's "168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think" proves the inaccuracy of the statement, "I don't have time to..." Time management comes down to choice; choosing newspaper reading over exercise doesn't mean you have no time for exercise but that you view reading the paper as more important than heading to the gym.

The book contains an eye-opening and thought-provoking discussion of goal setting and priority management. However, Vanderkam targets this discussion almost exclusively at women, particularly those with children who work full time. She implies that time constraints could never justify a woman working less than full time after becoming a parent - just spend some "quality time" with the kids before shipping them off to a competent caregiver who can meet their routine needs.

The author's most universal time management tip? Watch less TV. The remainder of her strategies really only apply to the self-employed and the affluent. After all, who has time to cook, clean and do laundry when you can pay someone to perform such drudgery for you?

Dec 30, 2010

Dull. Doesn't "reveal" any "secrets" not available to anyone with any common sense at all.

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