Sharing my learnings from the book, 168 hours by Laura Vanderkam.
168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam
There are 168 hours in a week—this is a new approach to getting the most out of them. It’s an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are all starved for time. With the rise of two-income families, extreme jobs, and the ability to log on to the world 24/7, life is so frenzied we can barely breathe. But what if we actually have plenty of time? What if we could sleep eight hours a night, exercise five days a week, and learn how to play the piano without sacrificing work, family time, or any other activity that is important to us? We can. If we re-examine our weekly allotment of 168 hours, we’ll find that, with a little reorganization and prioritizing, we can dedicate more time to the things we want to do without having to make sacrifices.
- You’re not too busy, you’re just not in control of your time
- Instead of thinking “I’m too busy”, asks yourself “is this a priority?”
- to live a fulfilling life, focus on your core competencies
- for a skill to be a core competency, it must be meaningful to you
- choosing a job that uses your core competencies energizes your entire life
- a job that excites you makes use of our skills & creativity while motivating you by speaking to your values
- experiencing flow at work (being challenged at the right level & fosters a sense of happiness) means you got the right job
- to become time-rich, you must control your work calendar
- each sunday, write a list of goals for the week and work out how long each task will take you. Schedule those activities in your calendar and commit to them
- to achieve a career breakthrough, combine strategy with story
- consciously make plans that take you away from the TV. Being a couch potato won’t do anything to foster deep connections or leave you with a sense of fulfillment
- outsource housework that doesn’t align with your core competencies
- plan your leisure time to increase its value