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 May 2011

For the last 168 Hours (or so) I have been on holiday in Cornwall. Whilst walking along the coastal path just south of St Ives, I started thinking about 168 hours and how / if it applies to what some may consider the “downtime” of being on holiday. For example, is your holiday a time to set aside the philosophy of Compass / Clock and just switch off for a while or do you get more out of a holiday if things are planned somewhat in advance? Is there (or should there be) any difference in the way we behave during holiday and non-holiday time?

So I thought about my behaviour prior to the holiday and thought about how much was planned in advance (Compass / Clock) vs. unplanned (Unstructured but open to Opportunities) and came to the conclusion that I had planned most of my holiday out subconsciously using the 168 philosophy. That’s not to say every hour was accounted for, scheduled for and planned for in detail. Some aspects of the holiday were planned in advance to take into account local activities that only occurred on certain days. But some aspects of the holiday were left open to be spontaneous: that is there were no specific activities planned other than to relax and have fun.

The idea of planned spontaneity appeals to me. It feels right not to have an effectiveness system like 168 hours that focuses on ensuring that productivity is the main driver. Planned spontaneity allows us the mental freedom to explore, to respond to opportunities and external events. And this is just as important in non-vacation time as well. There needs to be time in our weekly schedule, regardless of whether we are at work, home or on vacation, to have some planned spontaneity and creativity.

That’s my view anyway – what’s yours?