168 Hours: You Have More Time than You Think

Hours You Have More Time than You Think There are hours in a week This is your guide to getting the most out of them It s an unquestioned truth of modern life we are starved for time We tell ourselves we d like to read get to the gym

  • Title: 168 Hours: You Have More Time than You Think
  • Author: Laura Vanderkam
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  • Page: 423
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  • There are 168 hours in a week This is your guide to getting the most out of them It s an unquestioned truth of modern life we are starved for time We tell ourselves we d like to read , 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,There are 168 hours in a week This is your guide to getting the most out of them It s an unquestioned truth of modern life we are starved for time We tell ourselves we d like to read , 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 wayd 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.

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    • Laura Vanderkam

      Laura Vanderkam is the author of the forthcoming book I Know How She Does It How Successful Women Build Lives That Work Portfolio, June 9, 2015 book show 2 Based on a time diary study of 1001 days in the lives of professional women and their families, this book takes a practical approach to the question of how people combine work and family while enjoying their own sweet time too.Laura is also the author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast Portfolio, 2013 , 168 Hours You Have More Time Than You Think Portfolio, 2010 , and All the Money in the World What the Happiest People Know About Wealth Portfolio, 2012 She is also the author of a novel,The Cortlandt Boys, available as an ebook.Laura is a frequent contributor to Fast Company s website and a member of USA Today s Board of Contributors.Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Reader s Digest, City Journal, Fortune, and Prevention See at lauravanderkam about

    738 thoughts on “168 Hours: You Have More Time than You Think

    • What a waste of several of my precious 168 hours! Like many people, I struggle with motivation and focus so I'm always looking for wisdom or advice on topics like time management, productivity. This has to be one of the worst how-to/self-help books I've ever read.First, the book takes its basic premise from the Big Rocks philosophy - In a nutshell, the Big Rocks concept is to picture a jar and, next to it, rocks of various sizes from large to small. You put the big rocks in first, then medium on [...]


    • As the title suggests, Vanderkam argues that each of us has 168 hours each week and how we use those hours is a personal choice. By using both research, examples of people who've accomplished an incredible amount of success in several major life areas, and her own, personal examples, this book is full of reasons why they excuse "I'm too busy" is really just a cop-out for not making tough, personal choices on how and where and on whom we spend our time. The best part of the book was Vanderkam's a [...]


    • This is a helpful book if:- you have bags of money,- you like processed food, and- you believe in quality time over quantity time with your kids.Vanderkam argues that you can have it all, all at the same time. She says it's easy to find the 20-30 hours a week that you absolutely require (she asserts) to develop and maintain a worthwhile career. What you need to do is give up (or outsource) housework and stop watching TV. You'll only have a couple of hours a day to spend with your kids, but that' [...]


    • 2011 Book 61/100I picked this book up because I never feel like I have enough time for all of the things that I want to do - or sometimes even for the things that I *need* to do. I expected some discussion of time management and definitely expected help re-arrranging my thinking about time. What I did not expect was the complete dismissal of differing income levels and life factors into the author's approach. In the VERY FIRST chapter she admits her class privilege (flippantly I might add) and t [...]


    • I went up and down on this one: yes, helpful in pointing out that priorities matter and just flailing around without thinking about them means you feel like you never have enough time; but, no, admitting that you're incredibly privileged and wealthy doesn't give you brownie points for when you *completely* ignore the effects of that privilege and wealth for the rest of your premise and then insist that *everybody* else is just misguided. It's awesome that you work at home and have a flexible sch [...]


    • This book was just okay for me. While I was very interested in the idea of the book and the concept of thinking of time in weekly 168-hour blocks, a lot of Vanderkam's ideas were completely unrealistic. As a freelance graphic designer, I understand that working from home is not always a piece of cake like some people may think. But I also realize that working from home gives one a more flexible schedule. As a freelance writer who works from a home office, the author seems to think it's absolutel [...]


    • this book was published before vanderkam's book about personal finance, all the money in the world, but i only heard about it while i was reading the money book. i enjoyed the writing style & some of the concepts in all the money in the world, & living on a fixed income, the topic of time management is probably more relevant to me, so i decided to check this one out toonderkam says that she was inspired to write this book after reading a feature in "real simple" magazine in which readers [...]


    • A few things you will learn from this book:• Every menial task in your life should be farmed out to flunkies.• If you aren’t a creative genius perhaps you could be a professional flunky. See if flunkies-are-us is available.• Put down the Twinkie, turn off the professional wrestling program on TV, pick your big ass up off the sofa, and start training for a marathon. Why aren't you training for a marathon already? All the cool people are running marathons every 2-3 days.• Your friends ar [...]


    • I truly hate to stop reading a book halfway through, but by the time I got to the chapter about "new household economies", I couldn't shake the feeling that the author has no comprehension of the realities of an average American life. I am a "housewife" myself, with some modest dreams of having a freelance creative career but no clue how to fit that in with my responsibilities as a wife and mother. Sorry, I can't outsource childcare just because it's not a core competency (really, it's not!). Go [...]


    • Wow, do I have mixed feelings about this book.The first couple of chapters were insightful and interesting and useful. Many other parts of the book had great ideas and fascinating case studies. But there were huge sections where her suggestions and reasoning were based on underlying assumptions that I just don't agree with at all. If she doesn't come right out and say it, she strongly implies that a woman who doesn't have a career aside from mothering and home-making is wasting her time and life [...]


    • 3.5 StarsThe book is primarily targeted at wealthy mothers that are either self-employed or have significant flexibility over their working hours. Since I am none of the above, I couldn't relate to a good portion of this book. Given the nature of my work, I cannot rearrange my work hours or delegate my tasks away. Also, the author's advice of outsourcing household chores, like cooking and cleaning, isn't feasible.However, I liked the concept of this book enough to reread it as an audiobook. As a [...]


    • I am, admittedly, a productivity addict - which means I like to read anything and everything on productivity and time management that I can get my hands on (though this hasn't necessarily made me more productive). Vanderkam's book was enjoyable, but I felt it was geared more towards the working mother. Quite a bit of effort is spent in assuaging guilty feelings about untidy homes and take-out food. Her solutions are impractical for those on limited budgets, though she makes a good try at justify [...]


    • I admit that my review might not be the best as I stopped reading this book. It's a book about how to be more responsible about your time and use it wisely however I couldn't help feeling like I was wasting my time reading it. I can figure out how to use my time wisely on my own. I also felt the author pushed her own opinions way too much; to the point where anyone who said they didn't have time to do certain things was a complete idiot. As a mom, who actually spends time with her child, the fir [...]


    • Was up at 6am and managed to finish a book on time-management before leaving for work. Clearly this means I've incorporated all its lessons, right? (And it compensates for the fact that this book has been on my "currently reading" shelf for six months.)I got this book in a giveaway and I was excited to read it until I figured out that I already have pretty good control of my time. I rarely feel like I'm running out of time, or unable to do everything I want to do. Probably because of two things: [...]


    • This author impressed me with her ability to pose questions that made me ask questions in her book "All the Money in the World." I had high hopes for this book, too.But the book's title is misleading. It's less about thinking creatively about your limited time and more about self-fulfillment. Some may argue that those are the same thing, but I think there's a subtle difference. Trying to make the best use of your time might include doing some things you don't really want to do. Self fulfillment [...]


    • This book was not at compelling as I'd hoped-especially since I added it to my "To-Read" list three times. (Now there's time well spent.) Some of her suggestions were just unrealistic. Most people can't outsource all their hated, time-sucking tasks. And try as I may, I have yet to reprogram my brain to lower my standard of household cleanliness/organization. I started reading the work section, but skipped past it since it just wasn't relevant to my stay-at-home life. I liked that she encouraged [...]


    • This author had a few good ideas, but I was very disappointed in most of it. This book is hardly worth it unless you already earn six figures, as her biggest advice was to outsource all the things you don't want to waste your time with such as laundry, cooking and cleaning. I can see where this might make sense to her as she has very small children, but what is she teaching them? Nothing! She talks about spending all her free "kid time" playing, how about doing the chores together? This will not [...]


    • The author has a privileged life, as she herself admits early on in the book, and therefore you may not be able to relate to or apply her specific advice (such as, don't have time to clean? Hire a maid!) if you are not upper middle class or so (and I am not, not even close). But, even so, I have read this book twice now and find myself mentioning it over and over again. At the very least, this book will get you thinking a LOT about how you spend your 168 hours and how you can improve your time m [...]


    • Weakly written, poorly researched and an annoying narrative voice to boot! There are hundreds of better productivity books out there. And her attempt to put down many of the icons of the field? Comes across as foolishness. My #1 time saving productivity tip? Don’t waste time reading this book.


    • Parts of this book have had a great impact on my daily life and other parts of the book were totally irrelevant to my life; hence the two stars. I would give 4 stars to the chapters that relate to my situation/life.The biggest idea I took from this book was to really truly get that we all have the same amount of time in our lives and it is ridiculous to state "I don't have time for x." Her suggestion to rephrase that thought as "X is not a priority for me." really lit a fire under my ass. I'd be [...]


    • This book presents a fantastic way of looking at organizing your life, though I admit that mostly it was just feel-good affirmations for me since I'm already an insane taskmaster about how I spend my time. I think you can spend time doing the things you really want to do by (1) planning ahead and then (2) sticking to the plan and not getting derailed by crap like sleeping in, watching TV, etc. To sum it up -- live intentionally.Best quotes:"While we think of our lives in grand abstractions, a li [...]


    • Feeling stressed and pulled in a million directions? You probably have more time than you think. A week is made up of 168 hours, as Vanderkam reminds us, which is quite a lot really. After reading this book and completing some of the exercises in it, I've started to make some changes in my priorities. I probably won't be outsourcing my laundry anytime soon - though, feel free to do it if it gives you more time to play music, hang out with your kids, or write that novel! However, I have a better [...]


    • A lot of books out there discuss time management and how to achieve work/life balance. 168 hours is the best book I have read on this topic because it focuses on the core skill needed to achieve all this: prioritization. 168 hours is the number of hours in a week. The book is structured to help get the most out of those 168 hours. Vanderkam ends each chapter with questions that help the reader focus on core competencies. Core competencies are the activities that give you joy, that you are really [...]


    • This book inspired me to think about my valuable time differently. It was great to hear stories of people who used their time thoughtfully and accomplished so much as a result. We tick away time commuting, washing dishes to even grocery shopping so it's important to make these tasks efficient so that you can have more time for the meaningful things in life.Key ideas I will remember:-online grocery shopping can save you money and time, you buy the same things all the time, why waste your precious [...]


    • This book seemed to speak only to married women with children. I think single people were mentioned maybe twice throughout the whole book? Not to mention the fact that I now feel like a complete loser because outside of work I don't have the energy to do much else, such as saving baby whales or whatever. Vanderkam says that one's work, if it's the right fit, should leave one rejuvenated enough to fill the rest of your awake life with exercise, engaging with your children, and honing your profess [...]


    • I found this book to be simultaneously inspiring and depressing. On the one hand, it's great to read stories about people who have extremely full lives and still have time to go on mid-morning hikes, just because. On the other hand, it can make you feel like a bit of a schlub for wasting time. A large part of the book is devoted to time-management for working or stay at home parents, who admittedly have a lot to fit into their day, but since I don't have children, I had a hard time applying the [...]


    • Although I don't think it is reasonable to start at 168 hours and count down what your engagements are (that caused a lot of problems in college and I learned my lesson the hard way), I did find some of her recommendations interesting, albeit expensive. One idea that really stuck with me was that we are so willing to hire a babysitter for an afternoon so we can 'catch up' on housekeeping, but we aren't willing to pay for a maid so we can play with our children. A maid just seems so fancy, I sup [...]


    • I didn't love this book, but it was worth spending some of my 168 hours reading it, especially since I usually read while eating. I found Vanderkam online, so I actually kept a time log before reading the book. I spend so much time driving! I'm pleased with my ability to listen to podcasts during my commute, but I hate hat laundry takes up my whole Saturday since it splits my time. I'm looking forward to using some of her advice to reconsider how I spend my time on personal care and household ch [...]


    • The first 4 chapters were more about exploring what you want to do with your time, which was great. The rest of the book was more helpful suggestions. Frankly I don't need suggestions about how to reduce cooking time or laundry. (I was my clothes once every two months and eat what I can scavenge from bailiffs). For me the book could have stopped after chapter 4, but the first 4 chapters were worth the price and time.


    • The only reason I don't give five stars to this well-written, well-researched book is that some of the proposed solutions apply only to the first world. I'm already getting better at managing my time by using the techniques available to me. Thanks, Laura!


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