I manage my time and balance the activities in my life perfectly so that I can achieve my goals.
Does the above statement ring close to true for you? It certainly doesn’t for me.
Despite that, I found myself in front of 30 or so professionals last week talking about time management. It’s funny how we become expert at things, isn’t it? Not in a thousand years did I ever think I’d be the expert in the room when it comes to using time effectively. If those in attendance could see the amount of wasted time in my daily life, they’d have demanded the impostor leave the room. Read More →
In my time management workshop, I talk about the 168 Hours concept popularized by Laura Vanderkam. 24×7 = 168. That’s how many hours you have in one week. How are you prioritizing them?
I was IMing with a good friend today who was saddened that she only saw her infant son for about 4 hours each day, now that she was back at work and he was in daycare. It made me wonder what my “time splits” were between work, family and those obnoxious necessities sleeping, eating, and personal hygiene, etc. So looking at my average week , here’s what I came up with:
Total hours – 168
Work – 58 (33%)
Sleep – 49 (29%)
Family – 25 hours (18%)
Entertainment (Reading/TV/Hobbies) – 12 hours (4%)
Hygiene – 9 hours (5%)
Household maintenance (indoors and out) – 8 hours (4%)
Eating – 7 hours (4%)
So the way I see it, a week is just not enough time to fit it all in.