168 hours You have more time than you think

Laura Vanderkam

Book - 2010

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New York : Portfolio 2010.
Physical Description
viii, 262 p. ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Laura Vanderkam (-)
  • The myth of the time crunch
  • Your core competencies
  • The right job
  • Controlling your calendar
  • Anatomy of a breakthrough
  • The new home economics
  • Don't do your own laundry
  • A full life
  • The hard work of having it all.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Having it all is hard work; it's a process of evaluating the present and setting future goals. New York City-based author Vanderkam (Grindhopping) uses time surveys and relates countless stories of friends and clients who have achieved breakthroughs in creating time to enjoy life. Some of her suggestions include focusing, making the most of downtime, and committing enough time, energy, and resources to make activities meaningful. The best chapters offer parents ideas for building quality time with their children. Checklists and charts break up this rather hefty book and offer a new context for thinking about time. Worthwhile. [Page 87]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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) [Page 51]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Explains how to reorganize and prioritize a weekly schedule in order to meet the demands of today's high-pressure lifestyles while still making time for personal needs and interests, sharing inspirational success stories about people who have effectively implemented the author's principles.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Explains how to reorganize and prioritize a weekly schedule in order to meet the demands of today's high-pressure lifestyles while still making time for personal needs and interests.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"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

Review by Publisher Summary 4

There are 168 hours in a week. This book is about where the time really goes, and how we can all use it better. It's an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are starved for time. With the rise of two-income families, extreme jobs, and 24/7 connectivity, life is so frenzied we can barely find time to breathe. We tell ourselves we'd like to read more, get to the gym regularly, try new hobbies, and accomplish all kinds of goals. But then we give up because there just aren't enough hours to do it all. Or else, if we don't make excuses, we make sacrifices. To get ahead at work we spend less time with our spouses. To carve out more family time, we put off getting in shape. To train for a marathon, we cut back on sleep. There has to be a better way-and Laura Vanderkam has found one. After interviewing dozens of successful, happy people, she realized that they allocate their time differently than most of us. Instead of letting the daily grind crowd out the important stuff, they start by making sure there's time for the important stuff. They focus on what they do best and what only they can do. When plans go wrong and they run out of time, only their lesser priorities suffer. It's not always easy, but the payoff is enormous. Vanderkam shows that it really is possible to sleep eight hours a night, exercise five days a week, take piano lessons, and write a novel without giving up quality time for work, family, and other things that really matter. The key is to start with a blank slate and to fill up your 168 hours only with things that deserve your time. Of course, you probably won't read to your children at 2:00 am, or skip a Wednesday morning meeting to go hiking, but you can cut back on how much you watch TV, do laundry, or spend time on other less fulfilling activities. Vanderkam shares creative ways to rearrange your schedule to make room for the things that matter most.168 Hours is a fun, inspiring, practical guide that will help men and women of any age, lifestyle, or career get the most out of their time and their lives.