168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

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Penguin, May 27, 2010 - Self-Help - 272 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - deldevries - LibraryThing

Innovative look at how we really use our time. Main take aways: collect your own data about actual time use first. Data driven decisions! Use the time that you have including planning for big dreams ... Read full review

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User Review  - MorganGMac - LibraryThing

Challenged me to truly examine how I spend my time and to stop insisting that I just "don't have time." I choose how I spend my own time. I have two small children, and I'm starting a small, online ... Read full review

Contents

About the Auhtor
Your Core Competencies
Work
Controlling Your Calendar
Anatomy of a Breakthrough
Home
Dont Do Your Own Laundry
A Full Life
168 Hours Day by
The Hard Work of Having It
Acknowledgments
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Laura Vanderkam is the author of Grindhopping: Build a Rewarding Career Without Paying Your Dues.

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