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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Trade; Reprint edition (May 31 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159184410X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591844105
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 1.9 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Within a few pages, Laura Vanderkam's crisp, entertaining book convinced me I had time to read it. Then it convinced me I had time to reread War and Peace. In the original Russian. Thank you, Laura, for freeing up my schedule."
-Martha Beck, bestselling author of Steering by Starlight

"We so often live our lives day by day. Laura wants us to think about doing it hour by hour. Living this mantra by example, she gets more done in a day than most of us do in a week."
-Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

"168 Hours is filled with tips and tricks on how you can be more efficient every day. By being more productive at work and home, you'll create more free time to focus on the truly fulfilling activities in your life, rather than the simply mundane."
-Laura Stack, author of Find More Time

"In 168 Hours, Vanderkam packs mounds of real-world case studies and experience to substantiate her system-and I fully agree. You can improve your mastery of time with this invaluable book."
-Dave Crenshaw, author of Invaluable and founder of Invaluable, Inc.

"168 Hours should be an eye-opener for every one of us who leads a busy, hectic life. Reading it made me appreciate how much 'true' amount of time I really have and how to use it wisely and optimally to boost productivity, efficiency, and joy."
-Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness

"Laura Vanderkam shows us how to use our only real wealth-our 168 hours a week- to make our lives richer, not busier. That's a wonderful gift, because it's what genuine success is all about."
-Geoff Colvin, author of Talent Is Overrated

"Laura Vanderkam's fluid style and perceptive eye are just the right tools to help create the life of your intentions. 168 Hours is the antidote to 'living for the weekend.'"
-Marc and Amy Vachon, authors of Equally Shared Parenting

"This book is a reality check that leads any reader to say, 'I do have time for what is important to me.' Full of real life examples, Laura Vanderkam teaches how to pack what matters most into both your work and home life. A must read if you are looking for life-changing strategies to make your next minute, hour or 168 Hours more meaningful."
-Jones Loflin and Todd Musig, Co-authors of Juggling Elephants

"We predict that 168 Hours will fly off the shelves and into the hands of anyone who has ever uttered the words: 'I'm SO busy!' or 'If only I had more time!' Vanderkam's approach is incredibly powerful and resonant given the average American watches 4 hours of television. A day!"
-Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, Co-Creators of Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE) and Co-Authors of Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It

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

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on May 29 2010
Format: Hardcover
There is no shortage of books on the subject of time management. In fact, the last time I checked, Amazon offers 11,229 of them but not one of them explains how to increase the number of hours within a seven-day period: it is 168, no more and no less. What sets this book apart from the dozens of other books on time management that I have read is the fact that Laura Vanderkam rigorously follows what Albert Einstein recommends: "Make everything as simple as possible...but no simpler." For example, in the first chapter, she suggests, "Picture a completely empty weekly calendar with its 168 hourly slots." She then helps her reader to document his or her (the reader's) current allocation of time. She achieves that objective as well as each of her other primary objectives such as disabusing her reader of major misconceptions about how much time (on average) people spend on sleep, work, and leisure time components. While doing so, she cites real-world examples (i.e. real people in real time) that both illustrate and confirm basic strategies that produce more and more enjoyable as well as better, and achieved sooner, in less time. She also identifies the core competencies that her reader must develop and then leverage to achieve that same objective. She is at her best when explaining how to determine what the "right job" is, what it requires, and how to obtain it.

[She cites Teresa Amabile's admonition, "You should do what you love, and you should love what you do." If that doesn't suggest what a "right job" is, I don't know what does.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben J Schmidt on Oct. 20 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have studied numerous books on time management and even taught time management courses. All books and courses on time management give you tools and systems to help you manage your time. These tools and systems are worthless if you do not apply or use them. I have found if you can make the system and tools appeal to the user there is a much higher chance they will use them.

168 hours takes the approach of budgeting your time. You allocate your time based on your core competencies and the return on investment of your time. This system will appeal to most people because it appeals to the “what is in it for me” factor of most people.

It is packed full of practical tips, tools and techniques to help a person not only manage their time better but get more out of each of their 168 hours. Laura does a great job of explaining the methods she presents in her book and admits that she still struggles following some of these methods.

Laura does a great job of illustrating each technique with a practical example from the numerous people she interviewed while putting this book together. This takes the book from being a dull and dry textbook to an interesting fun to read book.

Although the techniques that are presented in this book may seem simple they are very powerful. Their simplicity makes them easy to use and follow. I highly recommend this book to those who feel there is not enough hours in a day.

Most have heard the saying that “Time is money.” I tend to believe time is worth more than money because I can always make more money, I haven’t yet figured out how to make more time. 168 Hours will help you make the most out of your time.
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By Erin on June 8 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
really like how practical the method is! The book is inspiring me to do things differently and feel better about what I do. I think that really is the key... When you feel like what you do is in line and focused on the big picture of what you value you feel happier!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 17 2011
Format: Hardcover
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?
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