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 #1

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I just finished reading the book 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, by Laura Vanderkam, and have never been this excited about reorganizing my schedule. I’m a great procrastinator, one of the best when no one is looking. Agents constantly tell me, “I don’t have time to do X, Y, or Z.” The truth is most people don’t think about how they spend their time. Once they actually do, and create a time log, they realize that a massive amount of their time is being spent on things that bring only a small amount of pleasure or accomplishment to their lives.

Step #1

Understand The Myth of the Time Crunch

  • You are in charge of your schedule, all of your time is precious.
  • “When you focus on what you do best, on what brings you the most satisfaction, there is plenty of space for everything” according to Vanderkam.
  • We don’t realize how much time we have until we know how much time we spend on things that don’t bring us any value or add to our family, careers, or personal life.

If you waste today, you will be given 24 new hours tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after, forever and ever. If you want more time, then you need to understand where it is being wasted.

“We can no more afford to spend major time on minor things than we can to spend minor time on major things,” Jim Rohn.