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.

December 2010

I have an itch…

…and I need to scratch it. For many years I have been involved with helping people and organisations improve their sales effectiveness. But much of what I do – and am interested in – actually relates to personal effectiveness.

I’m a bit of a sponge on this stuff and since leaving university (and that was a very long time ago) I have read, attended, borrowed, tried, copied and re-worked a lot of material around personal effectiveness. Initially for my own benefit. But over the last few years I have been sharing some of the ideas with others. And they seem to like the material (or were humouring me, time will tell).

The idea around this blog is to share some of this stuff with a larger audience. In having to share and explain I might help rationalise things in my own mind as well as offer a few ideas to others along the way. One of the ideas – the 168 hours – gives this blog its title. It’s based on the number of hours in a week 7 * 24 = 168. We get 168 hours as a gift at the begining of each week. No more, no less (well except for when the clocks change, but you get my drift) and our values, goals and priorities should drive how we use those 168 hours.

So for me “Time Management” is a bit of a misnomer. You can’t manage time, only your priorities. How we use our 168 hours should be a reflection of our priorities. If they are not it usually means we are not in control of our lives (or destiny) and either feel out of control or our goals and values are wrong or non-existent.

There’s no catch. I am not trying to sell you a  product or a service – or even a way of life. Not yet anyway. That might happen at the end of this process… but for the moment you’re welcome along the journey. Please feel free to comment, disagree, praise or otherwise engage.

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