168 hours = # of hours in 1 week

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bike, books, + work in the pink palace

are you like the majority of people who respond “busy” when asked “how are you?” yikes, me too! i want this to change.

for years i’ve wondered where my time went. i’ve tried to note time like i did in my paralegal days, but lose track within moments. when i came across laura vanderkam’s book 168 hours: you have more time than you think during a book browsing session in vancouver recently, i was enamored. really, i have more time than i think? yay!

i’ll be interviewing her on the tranquility du jour podcast shortly and began reading her book this week. i’m 55 pages in and LOVE it so far. lots to ponder.

a few takeaways that i wanted to pass along and encourage you, too, to reflect upon:

– 168 hours – 50ish hours of work/week – 63 hours of sleep/week (9/night) = 55 hours of “other” time. where is it going?

– i plan to begin recording my time (for real this time!) using her handy grid.

– classify your time into categories such as personal care, household activities, leisure (includes TV), exercise, caring for household members, purchasing goods or services, working and work-related activities, exercise. break into subcategories, where applicable, to gain better insights.

– focus on your core competencies – those things you do better than anyone else and enjoy. grrr. i’m still trying to figure these out. do you know yours?

– list your 100 dreams – things you’d like to do during your lifetime. also called a “bucket list.” i’ve started one and plan to add more to mine soon.

wanna join moi in filling out the spreadsheet? i plan to do it and post it to keep me accountable. seriously, this has been a big focus this year yet i carry the to-do over and over each week in my planner pad.

remember there is *no* typical week so, yes, i’m starting mine in the midst of finals, a studio move, and while prepping to do a 2-week texas book tour.

will you indulge with me? all you have to lose is lack of clarity on where your time goes!