What is 168 Hours?

Each week you have 168 hours to use. This blog covers my ramblings on how to use them as effectively as possible.

It's not about stuffing as much as you can into the 168 hours. It's about ensuring that you use the 168 hours as best you can to ensure you get to where you want to go in as relaxed a state as possible.

Archive for April 2011

My boss (back in the days when I had a boss) used to say to me “A person going nowhere, usually gets there”. And now he’s been proved right – scientifically. My boss’ mantra was to encourage me to develop and work a plan. To have some kind of map of the territory. To use the compass, as it were…

In 2009 Jan Souman et al from the Max Planck Institute did some research to see what would happen if they left folks in the middle of an unknown area – with no landmarks and / or couldn’t see the sun – and asked them to walk in a straight line. Guess what happened? They walked around in circles! Or at the very best some wide arcs. Try as they might to walk in a straight line, to get out of either a forest or desert, theĀ volunteersĀ ended up where they started.

This is how important having a compass is to us. We do need to have an idea of where we are going, ideally with a map (plan) of the terrain and a compass. Without we literally do go “nowhere” and end up back at the beginning again and again.

How’s your plan coming along?