168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think Paperback – May 31 2011
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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
About the Author
Laura Vanderkam is the author of Grindhopping: Build a Rewarding Career Without Paying Your Dues.
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[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.]
Vanderkam also explains how to control investment of time so that "there should be almost nothing during your work hours - whatever you choose those to be - that is not advancing you toward your goals for the career and life you want"; how to determine what the "next level" of personal and professional development looks like and how to "seize control" of the schedule while completing a transition to that level; and what a "breakthrough" is and how to achieve it to expedite the transition process. Vanderkam believes, and I fully agree, that our lives proceed through a series of levels above or below, better or worse than where we were previously; the journey to each should be one of personal discovery; and that it is important to know what we value most but we must realize that priorities change at various points in our lives as circumstances, relationships, obligations, and aspirations change. Each life is, quite literally, a "work in progress."
At the outset of this review, I noted that Amazon now offers almost 12,000 books on time management. Several of them are outstanding. In my opinion, 168 Hours is less about time management than it is about self-management (especially self-discipline) as well as decision-making (especially setting priorities). Laura Vanderkam provides about as much information and counsel as anyone needs to alleviate a real or perceived time crunch, leverage core competencies, define and then locate or create the "right jib," control rather than be controlled by a calendar, achieve breakthroughs to greater understanding higher-impact performance, and in all life domains (career, family, personal, community, and society) be happier and more productive.
I congratulate her on a brilliant achievement. Bravo!
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.
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?