Monday, October 17, 2016

168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam
A Book Review

This time management book, filled with statistics, is actually quite a compelling read. Subtitled You Have More Time Than You Think, its basic premise is that how one fills one's time is a choice and that there is time to do the things one really wants to do.

I think I've always believed that — and I already do several of the things that Vanderkam suggests, such as listening to audio books during my commute, using the DVR to record the few television shows I watch so I can do so on my own schedule, keeping a Bible with me all the time (via an app on my iPhone) so I can read a few verses whenever I have a few minutes, and focusing on gratitude, and I've been a planner all of my adult life.

We all have 168 hours a week.
Time spent doing one thing is
time not spent doing another.
              — Laura Vanderkam
I need to remember that I'm the one in charge of my 168 hours a week. As Vanderkam says, "Sometimes when we get really busy, it’s easy to feel absent from our own lives." I need to be more mindful about living my full life.

I would like to make two lists that Vanderkam recommends — a "List of 100 Dreams" and a list of things that make me happy or that I find meaningful that take 30 minutes or less, or even less than 10 minutes.

When we analyze what we are actually doing with our 168 hours each week, Vanderkam asserts, except for sleeping and eating, we probably don’t have to do any of the things we're doing.

Everything else is a choice.

I choose to say "Yes" to the things that matter!

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