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 August 2012

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that there hasn’t been an update on the blog for a while. Whilst there is a temptation to say “I’ve been too busy” or “I haven’t had the time” – these are the standard excuses for when there is more to do than time to do it in.

However, it was part of a plan. I’ve made the blog lower priority for a while whilst my focus and attention has been elsewhere. Now those other projects are coming to a close, I have been able to increase the time that I spend on social media and blogging.

One priority that rarely gets knocked off the list is “Reading”. I love to read and my reading list is a mixture of fiction and “sharpen the saw” books. (Speaking of “Sharpening the Saw” – the 7th Habit of highly effective people – I note the sad passing away of Steven Covey recently. I had the pleasure of seeing him talk a couple of times and his work has been an inspiration to a generation. Thanks Steven. )

Amongst the books I have been reading are a several regarding personal effectiveness, and a coupple  have the 168 hours concept as the centre of their theme. The first is Laura Vanderkaum’s “168 Hours: You have more time than you think”. Laura looks at the challenge of only getting 168 hours to work with from a Work, Home and Personal perspective and illustrates her findings and ideas with some interesting case studies. Well worth the time and money!

The other book is Kevin Hogan’s “The 168 Hour Week : Living Life Your Way 24-7” This book provides some insight into human behaviour patterns and the difficulty of change. There is also a very useable step-by-step approach to implementing the system at the end section of the book. Again, a very good addition to the self development shelf.

I’ve often thought of writing my own “168” book, but much of what I had planned to cover are in these two books. The only downside – for me – is that they are American, as many self-development books are – in origin. To restore the balance a little is Michael Heppell’s “How to save an hour every day”. Heppell is a northern lad and I really like his tone of voice throughout his books – they resonant far more with me being a British myself.

Some of these books I have downloaded to my Kindle (Sadly, none of Heppell’s books are available on the Kindle). The Kindle is a great addition to helping folks improve their personal effectiveness. Small, light and pretty durable, the Kindle allows you to carry 100’s of books with you and to use those “waiting times” (at the train station, outside the next meeting, etc) to get a few more pages read of your current book.