Managing Your 168 Hours Step #4

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Step #4 The Hard Work of Having it All!!!

Once you evaluate where you are and where you want to be, you will realize there is time for anything that matters. It’s hard work having it all! No one is going to show up and give you everything you want. Follow these steps to get more from your 168 hours.

 

  1. Log your time
  2. Identify your “core competencies”
  3. Start with a blank slate
  4. Fill in your 168 hours with blocks of “core competency” time
  5. Ignore, minimize, or outsource everything else
  6. Time with Bits of Joy
  7. Tune up as necessary

Reading this book helped me realized I was throwing away small amounts of time throughout the week. The time log tells no lies. I’ve outsourced a few tasks at work and home, that freed up 3-4 hours a week for me. Over the next 40-60 days I’m working on freeing up (or reallocating) 10 hours for working and spending downtime with my family. Thank you Laura Vanderkam!!!!

Managing Your 168 Hours Step #3

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Step #3 @Home

Did you know the average American spends 20 hours a week watching TV? Leisure Time should make you feel happy and rejuvenated, not tired and depressed. To live a full life you need some rules for leveraging your downtime:

  1. Choose some activities that make you happy (exercise?)
  2. Block Time off in your schedule
  3. Make it meaningful by committing enough time to these activities
  4. Involve your family

The next question you are going to ask is, “How do I do this?”

  1. Get rid of your TV
  2. Plan ahead

We live in a world full of distractions and quite frankly it can be exhausting trying to keep. Treat your downtime seriously and refill your tank of will power each morning. Then, the challenges of the day won’t stand a chance, whether you are at work or @ Home.

 

Laura Vanderkam is the author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think