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168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think Paperback – May 31, 2011
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Vanderkam (Grindhopping) offers a new system of time management: if readers want to make more time to spend with their children, get fit, or write that novel, they must slash nonessential time wasters and minimize tasks that are not core competencies, a business term for what a company does best and must prioritize. She offers solid and even excellent career advice, about both how to make the most of time at a current job and how to manage time to get ahead. And there is something curiously fascinating about her bizarrely brutal approach to time management (There's little point... in spending much time on activities in which you can't excel). But given that the author seems to be targeting a very rarefied echelon of upper-middle-class working moms (like herself), the book might have very limited appeal. More alienating, though, is her insistence on pummeling the life out of life. Vanderkam's vision may yield plenty of time to pursue worthy activities, but it's a life leached of color or spontaneity. (May)
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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
Top customer reviews
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get more accomplished, but can't figure out how.
I am a rather lazy person and a major procrastinator. I think if I actually put the principles in this book into place I could get a lot more done. :)
Here's what I learned:
1. After sleeping, bathing, dressing, eating, etc... I have at least 100 waking hours in a week. That's more than two work weeks, plenty of time to do the things that matter most in life. The current cultural narrative that there's not enough time today doesn't hold water in light of these 100 hours, especially when you realize that Americans spend 30 hours every week watching television.
2. Exercise is not optional. Not just because of the health benefits, but also because a healthy body makes what happens the rest of the week that much more productive. And all it takes is 3-5 hours. That's just 3-5% of a waking week.
3. Leisure time needs a little planning for it to be refreshing and rejuvenating. That's why we spend 30 hours a week watching television: it's simple, easy, and available. Yet when I think through the things I really want to do with my leisure time--creative, refreshing, enjoyable things--television doesn't even make the list. The things that do need a little advanced planning and preparation. That's all.
4. Operating in the area of our core competence is the key to effective time use. We must make sure that the hours we spend professionally are invested in the things that we do well and love to do. Not only will we become best in class at these things, but our days will also be filled with joy and satisfaction. No one will hand us our perfect job, however, so It will take courage to carve out this space. But the risk is worth it.