168 Hours

168 Hours

You Have More Time Than You Think

Book - 2011
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It's an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are starved for time. 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 if we don't make excuses, we make sacrifices- taking time out from other things in order to fit it all in.

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. When plans go wrong and they run out of time, only their lesser priorities suffer.

Vanderkam shows that with a little examination and prioritizing, you'll find it 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.

Publisher: New York : Portfolio/Penguin, 2011
ISBN: 9781591844105
Branch Call Number: 650.11 Va
Description: ix, 261 pages : charts ; 22 cm


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Everyone is given 168 hours per week. Vanderkam interviewed successful, happy people and found that they made room for the most important goals first, allocated their time to those goals before others, then fit in the less important tasks afterward.

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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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