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.

noisy-computerProbably the biggest difference to my working efficiency so far this year has been getting a new computer.

Now, this is not because of what you might initially think. It’s not that my new computer is bigger, faster, smarter (although it is compared to my old one) it’s something else that is different which has had a huge effect on me.

The big change is that this computer is quiet. Very quiet. In fact so quiet you cannot tell the difference between it being turned off, or on. There are no fans, hard drives or anything else to make a noise, rattle or remind me that the thing is turned on.

It’s made a huge difference because I believe the quality of my thinking has changed as a result. I can literally “hear myself think” whereas before there was always this background drone, hum and noise. Until it’s gone, you don’t realise what you have been putting up with.

When I visit a client site now I am very aware of the background noise there is in their office. With all the technology required for today’s work / life all those little machines add up to quite a bit of background noise. It’s amazing really that any quality work ever gets done in these places.

As I am typing this all I can here is the ‘clacketty clack’ of my fingers on the keyboard, birds singing outside and the rustle of leaves as the wind sway the trees. Bliss.

How noisy is your space at the moment? Just stop, close your eyes and listen to what’s happening around you. All of these noises are distractions that can interfere or stop our thinking. That then leads to a slowdown in behaviour and actions. Which in turn means a slowdown in any desired outcomes.

So, thought for the day: “What can you do to create a quieter working space?”

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