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How to Actually Master Time Management and Fulfill Your Goals in 168 Hours

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Candice Landau

This article is part of a series of articles on time management strategies aimed at helping you determine the techniques that work best for you. We also hope to give you in-depth, actionable insight into how to use these time management strategies with or without the help of HourStack.

Change the way you think about time

What could you do with 168 hours?

Think about it.

You could learn to scuba dive. You could go on a number of long hikes. You could learn to bake macarons or chocolate eclairs. You could have a really long, luxurious nap, you could spend valuable time with your loved ones.

The better question is what could you not do with 168 hours?

168 hours is the number of hours you have in a week. Thinking about time from this more macro perspective is the secret to doing more of the things you value, and less of the things you don’t.

Most of us are used to thinking about time in terms of only a handful of hours—eight hours of work a day, seven hours of sleep, 24 hours in a day. We plan our lives around these small time slots, becoming ever more harried and stressed as we struggle to do the things we say we will do, or want to do, in the allocated time.

But, what if we thought about time differently?

In Bill Gates' words, “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”

Even if you sleep 49 hours a week (seven per day), and work 40 hours a week, that still leaves you with a whopping unallocated 79 hours.

You don’t need to be a time management guru to appreciate the potential. If you take into account the fact that it only takes 20 hours to learn a new skill , you’ll be well on your way to planning more exciting and efficient weeks than ever before.

So, let’s dig a little deeper into how you can go about implementing this time management strategy in your life.

In this article we’ll discuss:

  • What “168 hours" is all about
  • How you are using your time now
  • Your goals and core competencies
  • Strategies for mastering the 168 hours method
  • And lastly, some pros and cons of this method

What is this “168 hours” thing all about?

168 hours is a time management strategy designed by Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think .

The core concept behind this time management strategy is that all of us have the same amount of time in a week—168 hours—but it’s what we do with this time that makes all the difference.

By tracking your time for a week, identifying your goals and core competencies, and then blocking out time to accomplish the things that you do best, you’ll find that you have more hours at your disposal to do just about everything you need to do, including getting enough sleep, advancing your career, and spending time with your children, friends or family.

While 168 hours takes a slightly more condensed approach to time management than Gates' Law (see the quote above), the point is the same. You can get more done than you think if you understand how you are utilizing your time now, and make the necessary changes.

The other problem with thinking about your time in increments of 24 hours instead of 168 hours, is that it is inherently more stressful (you feel you have “less time”), especially if you don’t take the planning fallacy into consideration—the phenomenon whereby an individual displays the “optimism bias” and thinks they need less time than they do to complete a given task, regardless of historical evidence to the contrary.

This time management strategy will help you hack psychology and bypass that optimism bias so that you can actually understand where your time is going and adjust it accordingly.

First understand how you are using your time

Before we talk about time tracking and how you can use HourStack (or something similar) to implement this time management strategy, ask yourself a couple of questions.

Do you know how you are using your time now? Or, in an average week of 168 hours, where is that time going?

I’m willing to go out on a limb and bet you’re either overestimating or underestimating what you’re doing with your time.

Let’s start with a little exercise to get a first impression of how you’re using your time. Pull out a piece of paper and jot down some quick answers to the following questions:

  • How many hours do you sleep in a week?
  • How many hours do you spend at work?
  • How many hours do you spend commuting?
  • How much time do you spend preparing meals or cooking?
  • How much time do you spend cleaning or maintaining your yard?

Naturally, there are many more questions you could ask yourself. And if you want to, by all means do.

My notecard looks something like this:

  • Sleep: 47 hours a week
  • Work: 40 hours a week
  • Commuting: None! I have a 100% remote job
  • Meals: 7 hours
  • Cleaning: 2 hours a week

Done? Good, let’s move on.

Next you’re going to take 168 hours and subtract all of those numbers from it.

That means, after all of those things—assuming I’ve guessed correctly—I have 72 hours to spend on the other things I like doing. That’s huge!

But, when you consider all of the other things I’m doing that are probably wasting a good chunk of that time (T.V., social media, online browsing, household chores etc), I may be using those hours a lot less intentionally than I could be. After all, as much as I enjoy watching shows on Netflix to decompress, I’d infinitely prefer to actually learn something new, like how to play the guitar.

Remember, while this first exercise is a good starting point, the optimism bias is probably at play and I am either underestimating or overestimating how much time I spent on each task, depending on what it entails. For example, while I might think I only sleep about 7 hours a day, I might not be taking into account, the time I take getting to sleep, or even napping.

So, in the next exercise we are going to attempt to get closer to the real answers. And we are going to use HourStack to do that because what’s a time management tool for if you can’t use it to illustrate a point. If you'd like to do the same you can, there's a free 14-day trial—plenty of time in which to do the exercise.

To really figure out where your time is going each week, you are literally going to track how you spend it, hour by hour. Laura Vanderkam, the brains behind this strategy, recommends tracking your time ****for an entire week.

While you could obviously easily use a tool like HourStack to make this activity easier, you do not need to. A simple printed calendar will suffice—make sure it has the days broken up into hourly increments.

Download a simple, printed calendar here .

After a week of admittedly pretty broad-stroke tracking, here’s a breakdown of my own time.

If you want to go into more detail than I did, I would encourage it. That’s how you’ll figure out which activities, small though you may think they are, are eating into your time.

It is worth noting that I created a new workspace in HourStack to keep this activity separate from my other tasks associated with work. I did also have to change my “capacity settings” in my workspace from 40 hours a week to 168 hours a week.

Furthermore, I made sure that in my Calendar View, I could see all days listed on the calendar.

The added benefit of using HourStack to do this exercise—beyond the simplicity of the tool—is the fact that there are timers on each task so you can easily start and stop tracking time, and there’s an in-built Reports feature. This means HourStack will do all the end-of-week analysis for you. Which, if you ask me, is really cool.

Once you’ve tracked your activities for a week, you’ll need to tally up the time you spent on each category. This should give you an estimate of how much “free time” you have, how much time you are spending on each task or activity, and where you might want to reallocate time.

I didn’t get very creative with my "label" (category) names and you’ll find that they’re largely the same as the entry/task names. The reason I took the time to add labels, however, has to do with how that data gets surfaced in Reports.

Again, you can also choose to do all this analysis manually.

When I flip over to the reports tab, the first thing I do is change the report so that I only see data for the week of April 26 - May 2.

Now I can focus.

In the first section of the Reports I see how many hours I scheduled (104) and how many I logged (115). I will note that I only scheduled time for sleep, work and eating.

I did not worry too much about “scheduling time” for other tasks because I first wanted to see where the majority of my hours were going, not how accurately I was estimating them—though that too is fascinating and is obviously how you will finesse your schedule over time.

In the second part of the reports, I’ve filtered my entries by label. Here you can see how many hours I logged against each activity and how they stacked up against the hours I scheduled for them. Again, I only scheduled time against eating, work and sleeping.

In the above example you can see I spent more time than I’d planned on meals (a total of 6.75 hours in a week), and a little less time on work (39 hours that week). I also slept less than I thought I would.

In total, I logged 115 hours against 7 core weekly activities. That means I have 53 (168 - 115) hours of remaining time to do with it what I will, including possibly taking time from things like “watching T.V.,” or “social media” to do tasks of higher value.

If you want to track your time for longer than a week, by all means, do. I know that my weeks certainly have a different cadence depending on what is happening at work, or outside work. Some weeks I will work less, and others much more. By that same token, some weeks I sleep a lot less and probably consequently have less energy to exercise.

Either way, whether or not you choose to continue with this strategy is really up to you. Nevertheless, the results of this exercise I am sure will be enlightening.

Next you’re going to do some introspection and goal setting

To tackle the 168 hours time management strategy well, you’re going to ask yourself some more questions. These are not questions from Vanderkam’s book, but they serve the same purpose; they hopefully prompt you to think about what you want your life to look like.

In Vanderkam’s words, “… we spend massive amounts of time on things… that give a slight amount of pleasure or feeling of accomplishment, but do little for our careers, our families, or our personal lives… consequently, we feel overworked and underrated, and tend to believe stories that confirm this view.”

So let’s get right to it:

  • What do you want to accomplish? Professionally? In your personal life?
  • What things do you want to spend more time doing?
  • What do you want to spend less doing?
  • What things make you feel accomplished or fulfilled?
  • What things energize you?
  • What things are draining your energy?
  • What are your core competencies?

Let’s address the core competencies question as most of the other questions are pretty straightforward.

What are core competencies?

Your core competencies are those things that you do best that nobody else can do as well as you. For example, at your job this might be in-depth research, or it might be analyzing complex data, or it might be managing with empathy. At home this would be something like spending time with your kids or partner, or exercising. The latter two illustrate a slightly different way of thinking about your core competencies—the things only you can do for you. Nobody else can exercise for you, just as nobody else can strengthen the relationship you have with your kids or partner for you. Those things take one-on-one time with you and only you.

Examples of things that are not core competencies for most people are laundry, cleaning the house, or making food (unless of course those things are part of your job, or a fulfilling hobby). Those are tasks you can either outsource, not do at all, or spend less time doing.

My core competencies, for example are:

  • Teaching scuba diving
  • Making things and crafting
  • Amateur microscopy
  • Reading fiction and non-fiction
  • Underwater photography

I might not be the best at all of these skills but nobody else can do them for me seeing as they are things that fulfill me, or that I want to get better at doing (photography and microscopy).

My core competencies are not:

  • Doing laundry
  • Tidying or cleaning
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Grocery shopping

Naturally, you can do this exercise for both personal and professional activities.

Now, when I look back at where I spent my time, I might notice I’m spending two hours a week mowing the lawn, or am spending three hours grocery shopping. Given these are not my core competencies I might instead decide to stop going out to the grocery store and order online. Or, I might secure a gardening service to take care of the lawn. Or, if I don’t want to spend the extra money on a lawn service, decide to let the grass get a little longer, and switch to mowing every other week.

If this gives me two extra hours a week, that will be a win as that’s two extra hours I can spend learning microscopy or writing fiction.

Use your insights to rethink your schedule

You should now have a good understanding of why thinking about your time in 24-hour increments is not always the best solution. After all, I don’t mow my lawn every 24 hours, and therefore wouldn't normally think about reducing the frequency of mowing.

In Vanderkam’s first year tracking her time, she realized she spent 327 hours reading (about one hour a day), but that most of it had been spent on reading online articles and magazines. She stopped making excuses about not having enough time to read books, and the following year, allocated this time to reading books instead.

To begin with, you may want to try tracking your time more frequently—say every 30 minutes—to make a habit of it. Once you’ve done that, you can check in less and do a little more guesstimation.

In an interview with M.M.LaFleur , Vanderkam says, "I’ve been tracking my time continuously, using time logs, for three years now, in half-hour blocks. I usually check in about three times a day and write down what I’ve been doing. This system has helped me spend my time in ways that are more gratifying."

In summary, tracking your time is not going to hurt you. It might be a pain to get into the habit to begin with, but once you make it a habit, it will get easier. So, keep at it!

Strategies for mastering your 168 hours

The best way to master a time management technique is to understand the nitty-gritty details. How do you implement it successfully? Here are a few things to think about.

Take short breaks

Not only do short breaks help prevent “decision fatigue” —which leads to poor decision making—but they also boost productivity, improve creativity , and restore motivation for long-term goals .

Vanderkam calls these “non-smoke breaks” and suggests keeping them brief—in the order of about 10 to 15 minutes. These breaks are not unconscious breaks like scrolling through your social media feed though (that’s a good way to increase your stress , actually). They’re intentional. Go for a walk. Take a coffee break in a different room. Get a healthy snack.

Manage your energy levels

Monitor your energy throughout the day and figure out when you'll need zone out time. You may find that you have lower energy as a result of psychological factors (not just less sleep). Even high-intensity positive emotions can be physically and mentally taxing.

You can make your experiment with 168 hours even more interesting by really tuning in to your emotions as you go about your day. And, if you can build in activities that make you feel calm, or that allow you to rest, if mentally, you’ll feel better for it.

Keep your to-do list super short

Don't set yourself up for failure. Keep your to-do list super short. You should reasonably be able to accomplish what's on that list. Nobody wants to look at a list and feel overwhelmed before they can start tackling it.

Use a time tracking tool to make logging your time easier

The goal of this article is not to tell you to use HourStack, though we’d of course love that. The goal is to give you a new strategy that you can use to better manage your time.

If you do choose an online tool, choose one that is easy to use, that makes logging time simple, and that can surface your data quickly so you don’t actually end up wasting even more time.

The path of least resistance is the best.

Give it enough time to build a habit

According to James Clear , the author of Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, on average it takes about 66 days (2 months) for a new behavior to become automatic (though that number is not clear-cut and for some people it takes less or more). Give yourself enough time to do it. If you don’t manage to get it right the first time, just keep trying. Change is hard.

Pros and cons of the 168 hours time management method

I usually like to maintain a pretty balanced list of pros and cons, but this time management strategy has more pros than cons in my opinion. Overall, it’s a good strategy to combine with another strategy—like time blocking —as this is more focused on managing your time in the more holistic fashion.

Pros of the 168 hours method

168 hours is a good memory tool: When you have a historical record of everything you’ve done, you also have a journal, of sorts. Vanderkam says, "Because I keep these time logs, I can look up any day I want and tell you exactly what I did, which is kind of fun...Nothing is slipping through my fingers because I can haul the memories back up and hold onto them."

Assuage your guilt: Time logs can also help to assuage guilt as we often overestimate how much time is going to the tasks we don't want to do, and underestimate how much time is going to the things we do want to do. Vanderkam says , "A time log will show, in black and white, that you’re probably spending many hours with your children, and that can be a very good antidote to any misplaced guilt that might be lingering."

Easily identify tasks that eat time: This is an especially effective way to determine which activities are taking up more time than perhaps you realized. It’s also very easy to track this if you use a tool that has built-in reporting functionality.

Get a real idea of how many hours you have to spare each day: The best (and perhaps worst) part of this time management strategy is that it shows you how much time you actually do have to spare once you’ve taken sleep and work out of the equation. It can be alarming to see how much of that potentially valuable time is spent on things like watching television, or crafting the perfect social media post. Unless you work two jobs, you probably have the time to work and learn something new every single week.

Figure out how you spend your time: Honestly, this is more down to the effectiveness of time tracking, than the strategy. If you track your time you’ll know how you spend it. And, if you know how you spend your time when you’re not thinking about it, you’ll be able to make more conscious and informed decisions.

A less stressful way to think of your time: Vanderkam says, “Looking at life in 168 hour blocks is a useful paradigm shift, because—unlike the occasionally crunched workday—well-planned blocks of 168 hours are big enough to accommodate full-time work, intense involvement with your family, rejuvenating leisure time, adequate sleep, and everything else that matters.”

You can use this strategy in conjunction with other strategies. Because this is a big picture strategy, you can use it alongside other time management strategies or techniques. This is great news if you already have a method you love. For example, I’m a big fan of the BuJo method, and of time blocking. 168 hours is something that fits in perfectly with both of those things.

Cons of the 168 hours method

Money might be a problem: If you can’t afford to outsource some of the things that gobble up your time but are not core competencies, well, you’re going to be at a disadvantage to someone who can. That’s not to say there aren’t other options, but outsourcing time-consuming chores is something you’ll find a lot easier if you’re wealthy.

You may not be able to track your time every half hour: I hesitate to put this in the cons column as technically, you don’t need to track your time on the half hour. However, to get a really good sense of your time utilization, it does help to be able to build some sort of habit whereby you can accurately determine how you are using your hours.

Not useful for very detailed planning and to-do lists: Because this is a time management strategy aimed more at determining how you’re using your time, and how you can do more of the things you want to do, you’ll still need to have other strategies in place as well to help you figure out the day-to-day, nitty-gritty details.

Prioritization is a little iffy: While I’d love to be able to prioritize all my tasks around my core competencies, the truth is I can’t. Sometimes there are just some things I have to do that I can’t outsource—certain activities at work, paperwork when I’m registering new students for a scuba class, etc.

Fairly intensive strategy to begin with: It gets easier once you’ve done it for a bit, but logging your time for both work and personal life every hour (except sleep time) can be pretty tough to start with, and for that matter, to stick with.

Over to you now...

While you certainly can’t make more time, you can make more intentional decisions about how you spend that time. “Getting the most out of your 168 hours is a process of evaluating where you are and where you want to be.” Says Vanderkam.

Having practiced this strategy for a week, I can safely say that while it is very hard to maintain an accurate log—I am not good at remembering to write down what I’ve done every half hour—it was insightful, and has made me think much more about the activities I don’t want to spend time on, as well as the goals I want to accomplish, and how I might now, build time into my week (not day) to move in a positive direction.

If you use this strategy and find success (or not), we’d love to hear from you. You can reach out to us any time at [email protected] or start a conversation with us on twitter @hourstack .

Updated September 21, 2022 in Tips & Tricks

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168 Hours in a Week Worksheet: How Do You Spend Your Time?

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Are you constantly strapped for time? Does it seem that there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you want? Do you get stressed trying to find the time to complete all the tasks on your list? If so, you are not alone. For many people, this is a recurring problem that degrades their quality of life.

Time is the most precious commodity that we have been given . Why? Because once lost, it is gone forever. We cannot borrow or buy more of it at any price. Unlike many assets, time cannot be saved for some future use. It is a finite resource that is fleeting. We really do not know how much of it we will be afforded since the future is uncertain.

Think about this: what do Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey, the Dalai Lama, and all of us have in common? Each one of us has 24 hours in a day and not one second more. No amount of money, fame, influence, or power can change this fact. It is the one gift that all of us have been dealt evenly and fairly. Time is the ultimate level playing field.

Let's examine time more closely: since all of us have 24 hours in a day, that equates to 168 hours per week (24 hours x 7 days). Fortunately, when we divide 168 hours by 3, we get a round number of 56 hours. Why did I divide by 3? Because our time can basically be broken down into 3 basic categories that make sense for most of us: sleep, work, and everything else.

The Three 56-Hour Time Buckets

Think of each category as a separate bucket of time. We have our sleep bucket, our work bucket, and a bucket for everything else. Most adults require 8 hours of sleep per day. This means that we spend one-third of our time (56 hours per week) sleeping, or 1 bucket.

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The second bucket is allocated to work. Since most of us work at least 8 hours per day, 5 days per week, this equates to 40 hours each week. The careers of many people often demand more than 40 hours each week and also have the added burden of commute time to and from the workplace. For simplicity's sake, let's assume that most people spend one-third of their time working and commuting to work, which is 56 hours per week, or 1 bucket.

This leaves us with 1 remaining bucket of time at our disposal for everything else. It is the time we use for everyday tasks such as preparing our food, eating meals, brushing our teeth, showering, grooming, choosing what to wear, cleaning the dishes, exercising, meditating, etc. This is also the bucket of time we draw upon for leisure activities such as reading, going for a hike, watching TV or a movie, spending time with our kids, and enjoying moments with our significant other. The time in our 'everything else' bucket also gets allocated for non-everyday and occasional, yet essential, tasks such as grocery shopping, doing laundry, cleaning the house, getting our car washed, or getting an oil change, etc.

Because time is a limited commodity, and it is best managed by allocating it into these 3 buckets, it becomes imperative that we make the allocation as effective and efficient as possible. How do we manage our 168 hours most effectively?

Deciding What’s Important

In order to determine which tasks and activities are worthy of our precious time and therefore have earned allocation to one of our buckets, we need to evaluate them. Before we can perform this evaluation correctly, we need to first determine our (1) core competencies, (2) values, (3) goals, and (4) sources of happiness.

1. Core Competencies

Our core competencies are our distinguishing abilities that make us stand out from the crowd. They are the skills that we have developed that enable us to achieve our goals. They are the talents that allow us to bring the most value to what we do.

Our values are a large part of what defines us as individuals. They help to guide our decisions, and allow us to know when we are on the right path. Our values also provide a solid foundation for our goals.

Our goals are the ambitions that we want to achieve in our life. They help to create a roadmap by which we travel, and work with our values to guide our decisions.  Our goals should not only be looked at as targets, but also as benchmarks.

4. Happiness

Our sources of happiness are extremely personal and individual. We should not take our cues from others when deciding what makes us really happy; rather we should look deep into ourselves to discover our real sources of happiness. Knowing what truly makes us happy will make it easier for us to stop spending time on tasks and activities that don’t serve this ultimate goal in our lives.

Managing the Time Buckets

Essentially the first bucket, the sleep bucket, is fixed. For the sake of our health, we should not take any hours from that first bucket to add to the other two. So that leaves us with two buckets, or 112 hours, that we need to focus our effort on.

Let's start with our work bucket. What are the competencies that we want to focus on and develop in our work life? Which skills are we best at? Which skills do we want to develop in order to help us reach our work goals? Which activities are most aligned with our values? And which ones actually make us happy? Any tasks that do not properly align with these criteria should be outsourced or delegated wherever possible.

In my own work as a creator of this blog, the activities which are most aligned with my four criteria (competencies, values, goals and happiness) are the ones that involve researching topics, writing articles, and interacting with my readers. These (among others) are tasks which consume the 56 hours of my weekly work bucket. Other tasks, such as website design, hosting, maintaining databases, do not meet my four criteria so I delegate and outsource them. This doesn't mean these tasks are any less important; it just means that they don't belong in my own work bucket, but in someone else's.

Next let's look at our 'everything else' bucket. In the very same way, we must evaluate the tasks that we perform on a regular basis that fall into this category and determine whether they meet our four criteria. Now, not everything in this bucket will always align with all four of our criteria. For example, I don't want ironing to be one of my core competencies, but looking well groomed is one of my goals, and I feel better and happier when I present a positive image. Grocery shopping, on the other hand, is for me actually a task that meets all four of my criteria and I would never consider delegating; I know many people who disagree and would happily take it out of their own buckets.

How Do You Spend Your Time?

The reality is that most of us have no idea how we are spending our limited time and what we are actually putting into our buckets. In order to determine if you are using your own buckets as effectively as possible, I recommend a simple exercise.

Spend the next week (and preferably the next two weeks) writing down everything that you do, in as much detail as possible. The more specific and detailed you are, the more value you will get from this exercise. Take note of how much time each task you perform is really taking. I guarantee that at the end of the first day you will be surprised, and by the end of the two weeks you will be astonished by how little you know about the way you are actually spending your most precious commodity.

This may seem like a daunting exercise to complete, but its value is enormous. To make it easier to accomplish, we have created a free worksheet for you that breaks down your week from Monday through Sunday into 15 minute intervals ( get your free 168-hour worksheet now ). The smaller the interval, the more accurate and, therefore, the more useful your data will be. In order to help you remember to fill out your worksheet regularly, set a timer to remind you to complete it every 15 or 30 minutes; if you don't fill it out at least that often, your data's accuracy will suffer.

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After filling out your worksheets for at least one whole week (remember, two weeks is really preferable), add up the hours that you spent on each task as a total. Then use your four criteria (core competencies, goals, values and happiness) to evaluate each one of those tasks. At the end of the exercise you will very likely find that you are spending a lot less time than you would like on what is most important to you, and you are in fact wasting a lot of time on things which are meaningless to you. Now what do you do with this knowledge?

How to Use Your Time Buckets Effectively

1. Be Thoughtful and Realistic

Once you have completed your worksheets and determined which activities and tasks belong in your buckets, decide how much time you ideally want to devote to each one. Remember, each bucket only gets 56 hours in a week, so allocate your hours thoughtfully, but realistically. You may have to make some sacrifices in this step; determine what you are and are not willing to compromise on.

2. Eliminate Waste

Out of the tasks that are most meaningless, determine which ones you can either eliminate or reduce and how you will do it. Let's say for example that you have determined that you spend 4 hours a week waiting in lines. By doing your banking online instead of at the branch, by ordering your postage instead of going to the post office, or by shopping at the grocery store at off hours, you maybe be able to cut those 4 hours down to just one.

3. Block Off Time Slots

Now look at your most important and meaningful tasks. Are you dedicating enough of your limited hours to them? Let's say that spending time with your children is one of your highest priorities in your 'everything else' bucket. But after completing your exercise, you find out that you are actually spending a lot less time than you want to with them. Make it a point to block off time slots on a weekly (and hopefully daily) basis that you will dedicate to them. By blocking off that time, you prevent other less meaningful tasks from encroaching on what really matters to you. Do the same with your work bucket. Those activities that are most aligned with your four criteria and which are not getting the time they deserve, also need to have dedicated time blocks.

4. Plan Ahead

Remember those occasional, yet essential tasks I mentioned earlier? Sometimes those tasks can really require you to make some drastic changes in your schedule. For example, tax season, holidays, weddings, etc. can’t be ignored, and will take up a very large amount of time which has to come from somewhere else. Plan ahead for these occasions so that you are well prepared and create as little disruption as possible for your most important daily tasks.

5. Prepare for the Unexpected

And finally here is one really useful tip. Every day you will unexpectedly find yourself in an unavoidable situation that encroaches upon your precious time. Maybe one of your coworkers is late to start a meeting, or maybe you have an unusually long wait at the doctor's office. Instead of letting these occasions take up extra space in one of your buckets, come up with a mental list of small, yet meaningful, tasks that you can complete during short unblocked intervals. Create a list of friends and relatives that you would like to email, or bookmark articles that you want to read on your phone's browser. That way you will never be caught off-guard and you will be able to turn time wasted into time well-spent.

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The Power of 168: Maximizing Productivity in Your Week

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Time — it’s the one resource that is equally distributed to every individual. We all have the same 168 hours in a week, yet how we utilize that time can greatly vary. In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by responsibilities and commitments. The key to managing it all lies not in finding more hours, but in maximizing the ones we have. In this blog post, we will explore various strategies to leverage the power of your 168-hour week, cultivating a balanced, productive life that aligns with your personal and professional goals.

1. The Magic Number 168: Understanding Your Week’s Potential

Each one of us is gifted with 168 hours every week – no more, no less. This number, while finite, embodies the infinite possibilities and potential we have to shape our lives. Understanding this shared allotment of time fosters an appreciation for the equality of opportunity and a shift in perspective on productivity and time management.

2. Breaking Down the 168-Hour Week: Time Management Strategies

Time management isn’t just about getting more done; it’s about getting the right things done. By breaking down your 168-hour week into manageable blocks, you can ensure that you allocate appropriate time to different tasks. This strategy helps prevent overloading and promotes a healthy balance between productivity and relaxation.

3. Maximizing the 168: Boosting Productivity Hour by Hour

Boosting productivity starts with a keen understanding of your personal strengths and peak performance hours. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Use this insight to tailor your schedule, dedicating your most energetic and focused times to the tasks that matter most. 

4. Work-Life Balance: How to Allocate Your 168 Hours Wisely

Striking a healthy work-life balance is crucial to avoid burnout and ensure ongoing productivity. It’s essential to distribute your 168 hours across work, personal commitments, and self-care. Having clear boundaries can foster productivity while ensuring you have time for relaxation and rejuvenation.

5. Sleep and the 168-Hour Week: The Importance of Rest

Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep . Aiming for 7-9 hours of restful sleep per night helps maintain optimal health and productivity. It may seem counterproductive to spend precious hours sleeping, but remember that quality rest lays the foundation for effective work during waking hours.

6. Healthy Habits: Fitting Exercise into Your 168-Hour Week

Physical health directly impacts mental agility and productivity. Incorporating regular exercise into your week not only enhances your health, but it also boosts mood, energy levels, and focus. Regardless of how busy your schedule might be, make it a priority to squeeze in some form of exercise.

7. 168 Hours: The Role of Mindful Eating in Your Weekly Productivity

A balanced diet contributes significantly to productivity. Nutritious food fuels your body and mind, while regular meals help maintain stable energy levels throughout the day. When planning your 168-hour week, consider your dietary habits and how they impact your performance.

8. Prioritization Techniques for Your 168-Hour Week

Not all tasks are created equal. Some require immediate attention, while others can wait. Techniques like the Eisenhower Box or the 80/20 rule help differentiate between what’s urgent and important, ensuring you spend your time where it counts.

9. Using Tech Tools to Make the Most of Your 168 Hours

Productivity apps can be your best ally in time management. Tools like task organizers, digital calendars, and focus timers help streamline your schedule, track your productivity, and ensure you make the most of your 168 hours.

10. 24/7: Unplugging and Recharging in a 168-Hour Week

Digital detox is as important as any other task in your 168-hour week. Regularly unplugging from technology can reduce stress, improve focus, and boost productivity. Allocate time for activities that do not involve screens, promoting mental rest and rejuvenation.

  

11. setting and achieving goals within your 168-hour week.

Setting SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) provide structure and direction, and encourage you to utilize your time effectively. They provide a roadmap to guide your actions within your 168-hour week.

12. Productivity Hacks: Unlocking the Power of Your 168 Hours

Efficiency is the key to unlocking the power of your 168 hours. Techniques such as the Pomodoro Technique, time blocking, and batch processing can enhance your productivity, minimize distractions, and help you control how you spend your time.

13. The 168-Hour Week: Making Time for Personal Development

Setting aside time for personal development is an investment in your future self. This can include time spent reading, learning a new skill, or reflecting on personal goals and achievements. Such activities contribute to your growth and boost productivity in the long run.

14. Creating a Sustainable Routine in Your 168-Hour Week

Creating a routine provides structure to your day and can enhance productivity. A routine allows you to make the best use of your time and ensures that you’re consistently working towards your goals.

15. The Social Aspect of Your 168-Hour Week: Friends, Family, and Networking

While productivity is essential, so are relationships. Ensuring you allocate time for social interaction is crucial for mental well-being, and can actually increase your productivity in other areas of your life.

16. Career Growth and the 168-Hour Week: Finding Time for Success

Professional development is an important part of any 168-hour week. This can include time spent learning new skills, networking with colleagues, or strategizing for career growth.

17. Leisure Time in Your 168-Hour Week: The Value of Downtime

Downtime is essential for maintaining productivity. Activities you enjoy recharge your batteries, reduce stress, and increase creativity, making you more productive when you return to work.

18. The Art of Delegation within Your 168-Hour Week

Effective delegation is a critical productivity tool. It allows you to focus on what you do best and entrust other tasks to capable team members. This can free up your time for high-priority tasks and lead to more productive outcomes.

19. The 168-Hour Mindset: Developing a Productivity-Focused Perspective

Productivity is more than a habit; it’s a mindset. Viewing your 168 hours as an opportunity to achieve, grow, and progress is key. Adopt a positive, productivity-focused mindset, and watch your efficiency skyrocket.

20. Re-evaluating Your 168-Hour Week: When and How to Shift Priorities

Priorities change as life evolves, and your schedule should reflect these shifts. Regularly reassessing your 168-hour plan helps ensure you are always working towards what’s most important to you at any given time.

Embrace the power of your 168-hour week. Remember, it’s about balance, intentionality, and focusing on what truly matters. Make the most of every moment, and live your most productive life!

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Time Management Worksheet: The 168 Hours Exercise

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If you constantly feel like you don’t have enough time to achieve certain things in your life, then I think this exercise in time management is really the place to start.

A lot of people are very inaccurate when it comes to estimating how much time they have for activities. I bet if you asked a random group of people why they don’t learn a new language, someone will reply that they “don’t have time,” but this exercise might go to show you that you do, in fact, have time.

This exercise was really eye-opening for me, and so I created a free printable/downloadable worksheet that you can access and try this time management exercise yourself (see below).

The Premise

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This exercise is based on the idea that we have 7 x 24 hours in a week, that is: 168 hours. Many of us don’t realize where our time actually goes, and for me, working this out actually helped see that I spend a lot more time doing things that aren’t adding value to my life than I had previously thought.

I’m including insight into my life, so as to give you an example of what this exercise can look like. If you check the estimated total of hours spent per week, you’ll find that I actually have quite a few hours left over…where does that time go?

[I suspect TikTok and Instagram and the like, whoops.]

Time Management: Now It’s Your Turn

I encourage you to try the exercise for yourself: sit down and work it out. Personally, I did it for the first time when I was rushing a sorority (that’s right, I was in a sorority), and it was revolutionary . It became immediately obvious that I was wasting so much more time than I had previously estimated, and it allowed me to make better use of my time.

FREE 168 HOURS DOWNLOADABLE WORKSHEET

In the folder, you’ll find:

  • a PDF version (great as a printable)
  • a Pages version for Mac users (with built in formulas that will automatically calculate your hours for you)
  • a Word document (editable, but no formula so you have to calculate by hand)

I sincerely hope that this exercise benefits you as it does me, whenever I redo it for whatever stage of my life I’m in.

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Time management can truly make an immediate difference in your life.

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How was created the 168 hours, the basic principles of the 168 hours, applying the 168 hours principles, benefits of using 168 hours.

168 hours is the amount of time that we’ve got in a week. The method of planning with this name is a practical and inspiring guide that helps us make the most of it. Once we become aware of the amount of time we have, we can much easier to examine our weekly allotment and thus find time for all the things we want to accomplish.

168 hours is a simple and efficient way to juggle the time we have at our disposal so we can live the life we want.

We don't build the lives we want by saving time, We build the lives we want, and then time saves itself.

168 hours is a concept of Laura Vanderkam . She is the author of several time management and productivity books, including Juliet’s School of Possibilities, Off the Clock, I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune. She is the host of the podcast Before Breakfast and the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast Best of Both Worlds. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and five children, and blogs at LauraVanderkam.com.

In 2010 she published the book 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think in which she shows us that "with a little reorganization and prioritizing, we can dedicate more time to the things we want to do without having to make sacrifices."

You know you have 168 hours every week, but how do you spend them? The answer to this question is what helps you find out what your flaws are in time management so you can take appropriate action. To find the answer you need to keep track of your time in short intervals. Then, analyze how you spent your time and make the necessary adjustments.

Also, it’s recommended to dream big and give your goals a timeline, then start breaking these goals down into doable steps. After that, plan your tasks and hold yourself accountable to make sure that you are making progress towards your big dreams.

In applying this time management method, several strategies help us achieve the desired results.

  • Start tracking your time is one of the most important things you have to do. Less important is the way you do it, it can be on paper, computer or phone. It is important to track your time in short intervals of 15 or 30 minutes. Use PlanArty Time Management Solution to keep accurate records of your activities
  • Do this for a week which means 168 hours
  • Classify activities by categories that interest you and calculate how much time you spend on each. You can do this in PlanArty using Planned day versus Real day
  • Analyze the results and mark the unwanted differences
  • Plan the next week in advance taking into account the desired changes.
  • Follow the schedule and, where necessary, adjust it on the fly

The greatest benefit of applying the 168 hours is like Laura Vanderkam says "Spend more time on the things that matter, and less on the things that don’t."

Time tracking helps you to be more aware of where the hours go. Therefore, your plans will become better and better. You will also make better choices regarding how you choose to respect what you have planned. Overall, your Work / Life balance will improve remarkably.

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Time management is extremely important. Everyday, we all get the same amount of a commodity that is invaluable and non expendable. No matter how late it is in the day when you wake up. No matter if you’re busy, procrastinating, or both. No matter if you’re rich, poor, educated, uneducated, motivated or unmotivated, lucky or unlucky. There is one commodity that is distributed to each and every one equally, every day. Time.

Time is the one commodity nobody can have more of. We are all allowed 24 hours in a day, and what we do with that time is up to us.

There is not any major incentive to spend your time in the smartest way possible unless you’re trying to achieve things in life. Time saving and/or spending is not directly rewarded in our society. A lot of people say that money can indeed buy more time. That is true in only a figurative sense.

  • There is no interest rate on time, you can’t invest 5 hours to hope to get an extra 2 at the end of the day. Nobody has 26 hour days.
  • You can’t pay for your groceries with time, wire transfer time to people, or write a check of 1 million hours to a business partner.
  • You can’t get a time discount, a time cash back, or fly miles because you spent 5 hours doing something.

Yet time is extremely valuable, more than money. It is a finite resource for everyone, everyday. Nobody can take your time away from you, and you decide how you spend it.

I created a free tool to help you gain control over the way you spend your time. Let’s see how to use it and implement it in your everyday life.

#1 If you don’t have time, you don’t do things

“I don’t have time” is one of the most overrated, overused sentence in the world. People say it all the time to justify why they didn’t do the things they should have done or wanted to do. It’s like nobody has the time to do a favour to a friend, to check things off their bucket list, or to work on this project they should have started long ago.

Here is a more accurate explanation to not doing things is: “It’s not my priority at the moment”

You had plenty of time to do that one favour to your friend, or to start this project you wanted to start. You just didn’t consider those things as having a high enough priority to actually do them. You most likely simply decided to use your time to do other things.

But if you really did want to do those things, you would not only make them a priority, but also realise that you have plenty of time to work on them.

I remember when I was saying “I don’t have the time” all the… time. Deep inside I knew I had the time. I just didn’t prioritise it.

#2 Where is your time going?

The first step in claiming your time back and prioritising the use you make of it is to realise where your time is going. I created a tool just for that. It focuses on the time you spend doing things weekly .

Why weekly?

Because when trying to solve a problem, bigger samples of data give a clearer picture of the possible solutions. A week is 7 days, 168 hours. It makes it a lot easier to see patterns and blocks of time on a 168-hour timeline than on a 24-hour one.

This project has been greatly inspired by Laura Vanderkam’s book 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think , which I highly recommend. Analysing my time use over the week has been a huge game changer for me, and the birth of a completely new way of doing things.

Getting started

First, you need to download a copy of the Joseph Mavericks 168 Hour Spreadsheet. Get it here:

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Here is what the document looks like once you get access to it:

168 Hour Spreadsheet for time management

Once you get access to the document, there are two and only two areas you should edit: the green one, and the blue one.

The green area It is used to fill in the name of the activities you do. It is pre-filled with common activities everyone does, like sleeping, spending time in the bathroom, doing the groceries… If you have more specific activities that are not listed, feel free to add them in the empty green rows.

The blue area It is used to fill in the time you spend on each activity. You can choose to input the time Daily, Weekly, or Monthly. You can use decimals.

The white columns on the right of the table are only here for indicative purposes. You shouldn’t try to edit them.

You should only input one value per blue line. If you add more, an error message will show up in the Errors column.

Example If you estimate that you spend 3 hours per week doing groceries, you only need to fill in the blue Weekly column. If you spend 30 minutes per day in the shower, you only need to fill in the blue Daily column.

Problem: I have no idea how much time I spend doing things

This is a common problem. The choice between Daily, Weekly and Monthly estimate is here to help you cope with that. If that is not enough, the only way to get an accurate estimate is to log your time in a journal for a week or two. Then, input average values in the spreadsheet.

If there are some activities you only do on weekdays (like your job, or fetching the kids), simply input a x character in the “Weekdays Only” column, like so:

You’ll notice the numbers in the left white columns get updated accordingly.

Overall, if you don’t have a precise idea of how much time you spend doing something, it is better to over estimate than under estimate. If you think you spend 45 minutes a day commuting but it could be more, put one hour in the spreadsheet. The last thing you want is a false positive telling you you have more time than you thought while it is not the case.

#3 How much time do you actually have?

As you enter more and more values, you will see the graph on the right side of your screen update.

Once you’re done inputing your activities, you will be in either one those 2 situations:

1- You still have time left

That’s amazing! You didn’t even know it, but you actually still have time to do things!

2- You don’t have any time left

You have a very busy life, and very little time available to do things at the moment. Whether you actually are motivated to start working on your project(s) is out of the question, because you don’t have a minute for it in the state of things.

However, not all is doomed.

First, double check your data. Did you input everything correctly? Did you properly log your time in a journal for activities you’re not sure of?

Second, it’s time to optimise your time use. Look at each activity one by one. Once in a while, you will run into one that can either:

1- Take less time, or a lot less time

2- Be completely removed from your schedule

Up until now, everything is simple math. You are trying to get as big of a gap as possible between the total amount of time you spend doing things and the number 168. The rest will come later.

Here are common activities that can be optimised to help you spend less time on them, and as a result gain time over your 168-hour week.

  • Groceries : do them online
  • Cooking : meal prep your week
  • Sleeping : sleeping in on weekends is overrated. It’s actually healthier to have a sleep routine that changes as little as possible.
  • Bathroom time : make your routine more efficient by having an organized bathroom and making sure you don’t run out of the basic stuff (razors, shampoo, toothpaste…)
  • Commuting : look into more efficient ways of commuting: electric scooter, biking…
  • Combine activities : If you spend 2 hours per day reading but 1 of them is during your 1-hour daily commute, then these 2 activities “cancel each other”. The “reading” row in your spreadsheet should read 1, not 2 hours. You just saved 60 minutes of your time.
  • Time spent at job : work remotely. We live in an ever-connected world, and more and more people work remotely while still being under contract with a 9–5 type employer. Talk to management at your work, and explain to them why you feel like this is a better option for you. Make sure you prepare your argumentation well, and that you will be able to maintain at least the same productivity level than at the office.

Here are common activities that you can easily spend 90% less time on, or completely remove them from your schedule:

  • Online time wasters : Facebook, Instagram and other Snapchats are highly addictive time-wasting activities. They’re not easy to stop, but they are definitely worth stopping.
  • Socialising : your relationships are the heaviest component of your life, choose them wisely. Afterwork fun and Saturday afternoon beer doesn’t have to happen if you have better things to do.
  • Reading the news : most of the news outlets are never neutral and always biased, purposefully or not. When something big happens, you’ll hear about it if it’s important enough. There are many other options than the news to try to understand the world and what is happening around it (mainly books).
  • TV : the same goes for TV, except it comes with even more unnecessary noise, filters, biases and a ton of useless content.

Optimising time is not an easy process. Bringing about change takes a long time. You won’t be able to incorporate online groceries, meal prep, less socialising and a more efficient bathroom routine all in the span of a week. Not to mention closing your Instagram account or stopping to tweet every 30 minutes.

Give it time, be patient. Slowly but surely, you will be able to bring down your total time spent doing these things.

#4 What to do with all this free time?

You should now have a sizeable gap between the top of your graph and the number 168:

The most relevant number to look at here is the time left per week. Don’t despair when you see you only have a mere hour per day left to work on exciting projects, when you would also like to relax once in a while. Look at the weekly time left: 7 hours is plenty to both relax and work! We’ll call this your weekly spare time.

A- The more time you have, the less you do

  • Some people hop from one project to another because they can’t commit to one, and it’s their own way of procrastinating.
  • Some people do it because they honestly want to do everything at the same time. Except that is mathematically not possible.

It is always better to focus on maximum 3 activities to dedicate your weekly spare time to. Here’s why:

  • The human brain is not designed to multitask. Even if you have a true will to try and do everything at the same time, you will most likely fail. Our brains are much better at focusing on one or a few tasks at a time rather than trying to execute 10 at the same time.
  • You will handicap yourself. If you have too many projects to work on, you won’t know where to start and how to organize your time. Both because you will be overwhelmed, and because there will be too many possibilities. Keep it simple, limit yourself.
  • You will make very slow (if any) progress. There is no point in splitting 5 hours of free time per week into more than 3 activities. Beyond that number, you will have just a bit more than 1 hour and a half per week on each activity.

With that in mind, here are recommendations if you have:

  • More than 10 hours left per week: pick 3 activities to focus your weekly spare time on.
  • 5 to 10 hours left: pick 2 activities
  • Less than 5 hours left: pick 1 and only 1

You don’t have to split the time equally between each activity, but you just can’t do everything.

As an example, here is what my list of “things I want to do with all this free time” used to look like:

  • Sign up for a social club
  • Get better at chess
  • Learn Chinese signs
  • Learn a third language
  • Start blogging 
  • Train for marathon
  • Bike at least 25km per weekend
  • Tinker with electronics

Bear in mind I had nearly 20 hours of free time per week. That would be 2 hours per activity. Not bad, but it is also important to be realistic when it comes to being able to keep up. At the time I wanted to run a marathon, train for swimming, and biking on the weekend. I might as well have dedicated my free time to Triathlon training.

On top of virtually training for a triathlon, I wanted to learn to play chess better, tinker with electronics, learn Chinese signs, and blog, to name a few. This was clearly not manageable. I had to prioritise.

B- How to prioritise

You can skip this whole part if you already know what your top 3 activities are going to be. If you’re still unsure how to prioritise and choose your working projects, read on.

Your Ultimate Prioritisation Cornerstones.

Your Ultimate Prioritisation Corner Stones are things that you want and will highly prioritise in your life. They have really high value to yourself, and come before a lot of things on your priority list.

The best way to choose your Ultimate Prioritisation Corner Stones when you have a lot of options (like me) is to think a lot about each one. The best way to do this is to write your thoughts.

Here is what I wrote down about each of my options.

  • Swim : I do want to improve my swimming, but I’m a bit late in the season and most swimming clubs don’t accept newcomers anymore. Besides, I live by the sea and can go swim there. Maybe swimming classes can wait.
  • Volunteer : I really want to try to volunteer. I have been saying it for so long and I’m finally in a situation where I can do it. I have researched the existing organisations, I am ready. This is definitely important for me.
  • Sign up for a social club : I want to meet more people and get out of my comfort zone when it comes to social interactions. This is the activity that is the most likely to go over the scheduled time, because social outings and gatherings always take longer than expected.
  • Play better chess : I want to get better at chess, but I don’t think it’s a priority to the point of dedicating so much time to it. I can play once in a while on the iPad.
  • Draw: I always draw once in a while anyway, I feel like keeping it up, but I don’t feel like prioritising it over other things. 
  • Learn Chinese signs : I just love the visual memory challenges. I have this app on my phone I can use when I have a bit of time, while commuting for instance. It shouldn’t be a top priority.
  • Learn a third language : this requires a big commitment and I’m not sure I’m ready for it yet.
  • Blogging : I have been blogging on and off for a while, I really feel like I finally want to give it a real shot. I want to commit to it, plan my content, research interesting thins to write about, interact with an audience… I have slowly but surely built the base for this, both in terms of technicality and motivation. I feel like I need to start taking it more seriously.
  • Train for a marathon : this is on my life todo. I need to do it, and I’m in a situation where I can afford to spend time on it. I just have to go out the door and run in the park nearby. I can’t see any reason to not prioritise this. It takes a descent amount of time, I’m motivated about it, and if I succeed I will check something off my life todo.
  • Bike at least 25km per weekend: I bike most weekends, and I don’t feel like I should pressure myself in doing it every weekend, especially if I’m going to train for a marathon next to this. I should take it as it comes with the biking.
  • Tinker with Arduino: I love electronics and have always played with them in my spare time when I feel like it. No big project to prioritise here either.

There’s no secret here, some options have to go away and some will stay. You can also rank each one of them with a score out of 10, and only keep the 3 best ranked ones.

After all my writing, I realised the 3 things I was going to prioritise were:

1- Volunteer

2- Train for Marathon

C- Leave a buffer for the unexpected

It’s always better to leave a few hours of buffer every week, for the unexpected. The best way to do that for me was to completely remove online time wasters from my agenda, and replace them with that buffer.

Do 10% of what you wish you could do

Another thing I did is to use 10% of the unexpected buffer for the things I wish I could do more of. Once in a while, I will still play chess, learn Chinese signs, or tinker with electronics. Those things still make me happy, even though they’re not a priority.

#5 Time put in perspective

Throughout my own learning process of tracking my time use and optimising it, I researched and compiled the most revealing facts about time management. I always get back to them when I need to feel the motivation to use my time wisely, and to keep my upward momentum.

Monthly activities amount to little time when looked at on the weekly scale

When I started volunteering, I realised it was taking me from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. In the beginning, I thought this was a huge amount of time. But I was only doing it once per month, twice tops. Once I put it in my updated 168-hour spreadsheet, I realised this:

  • 6 hours per month only amounts to 1.5 hours each week
  • 12 hours only amounts to 3 hours per week

I could definitely afford that, especially for something I wanted to prioritise and that was helpful to others!

Daily time adds up very quickly on the weekly scale

One hour of wasted time per day shaves 7 hours off your week! That’s huge, and this was a perfect reason for me to stop watching Youtube.

On the other hand, if you manage to save for instance 90 minutes per day, but that’s 10 hours and 30 mins per week!

The most meaningful things are the ones we spend the least time on.

Take a look at the vertical graph. It automatically sorts your activities from most consuming to least consuming. For most people, over 50% of the time is spent sleeping and working at the office.

All the things that bring you joy, the things you wish you could do more of, probably somewhere much further down.

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In this article, we looked at ways to try and make more time in your weekly schedule. They can enable you to do more of what you love:

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But one the biggest game changers when it comes to time use is still either:

1- Finding a financially viable alternative to the 9–5. If you have another source of income, and if it enables you to live the life you want, you probably should quit. There’s no reason to stack up more money with a fixed salary if it makes you lose valuable time.

2- Having a more meaningful 9–5. When you truly love what you do, you’re a lot less pressured for time, because you’re already spending it in a fulfilling way.

Imagine if this big chunk of time at the top of your graph was used for something meaningful.

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#6 Do more of what makes you happy

At the end of the day, it’s about investing as much time as possible in yourself. That is things that fulfil you and the ones you love: creativity, exercise, family, friends, teaching, learning, writing…

Not everybody is able to quit their 9–5 to find something more meaningful. Besides, even if your 9–5 is not a perfect match, it might still bring you a sense of satisfaction.

These days, the 9–5 lifestyle tends to be too easily categorised as negative. Unlike the common advice in the productivity and self-improvement spheres, you don’t have to quit right away and go do something bigger than yourself. You just have to bring more meaning to your life.

No matter what it is, you need to do more of what makes you happy. You only have one life, make sure you enjoy it.

Thanks a lot for reading! To start tracking your time right away, get the official 168h spreadsheet here:

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  1. PDF 168 HOURS TIME MANAGEMENT WORKSHEET

    168 H Worksheet www.LauraVanderkam.com 1 MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY 5:00 AM 5:15 AM 5:30 AM 5:45 AM 6:00 AM 6:15 AM 6:30 AM

  2. PDF 168 Hours Time Management

    168 Hours. This method is not something you can implement immediately. It calls for taking an audit of your time over the course of 2-3 weeks. There are 168 hours in a week and it is up to us to decide how we spend them. Laura Vanderkam, author of the book 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think says that most of us misinterpret where our ...

  3. PDF 168 Hours Exercise

    3 hours x 7 days = 21 hours a week 112 - 21 = 91 hours left 4.Ask them how many hours per week do they spend in class (same as how many credit hours they are taking) Use 15 as average 91 - 15 = 76 hours left 5.Ask what else they need to do in their week. Subtract hours. For example, let's assume they need to study 30 hours a week.

  4. 168 Hour Week Schedule Assignment

    subtract that total from the 168 total hours in a week. Hours per week 168 Total Hours in a Week 12+ Time in Class 24+ Studying (2 hours for every 1 hour in class suggested) 35+ Work 2 hours 30 min+ Commuing 3+ Exercise/Athleics 36+ Sleeping (7 x 6 hrs) (6-9 recommended) 14+ Eaing 2+ Worship Services (Include convocaion) + Prayer and Bible ...

  5. Master Time Management In 168 Hours

    168 hours is the number of hours you have in a week. Thinking about time from this more macro perspective is the secret to doing more of the things you value, and less of the things you don't. Most of us are used to thinking about time in terms of only a handful of hours—eight hours of work a day, seven hours of sleep, 24 hours in a day.

  6. 168 Hours in a Week Worksheet: How Do You Spend Your Time?

    It is the one gift that all of us have been dealt evenly and fairly. Time is the ultimate level playing field. Let's examine time more closely: since all of us have 24 hours in a day, that equates to 168 hours per week (24 hours x 7 days). Fortunately, when we divide 168 hours by 3, we get a round number of 56 hours.

  7. The Power of 168: Maximizing Productivity in Your Week

    10. 24/7: Unplugging and Recharging in a 168-Hour Week. Digital detox is as important as any other task in your 168-hour week. Regularly unplugging from technology can reduce stress, improve focus, and boost productivity. Allocate time for activities that do not involve screens, promoting mental rest and rejuvenation.

  8. PDF 168 Hour Assignment (Compatible Version)

    168 HOUR ASSIGNMENT. There are only so many hours in a week. Most of us have busy schedules, so it's important to think about the way you currentspend your time and then plan how you could organize and plan your time for your online course. For this assignment, you'll be asked to assess your current schedule and the hourly amount of time ...

  9. Time Management Worksheet: The 168 Hours Exercise

    The Premise. This exercise is based on the idea that we have 7 x 24 hours in a week, that is: 168 hours. Many of us don't realize where our time actually goes, and for me, working this out actually helped see that I spend a lot more time doing things that aren't adding value to my life than I had previously thought.

  10. 168 Hour Assignment

    168 HOUR ASSIGNMENT. There are only so many hours in a week. Most of us have busy schedules, so it's important to think about the way you current spend your time and then plan how you could organize and plan your time for your online course. For this assignment, you'll be asked to assess your current schedule and the hourly amount of time spent on various activities.

  11. PDF 168 Hour Exercise

    168 Hour Exercise. Determine on average how much time you spend with each activity below in one week. For example, if you sleep an average of 7 hours a night, multiply that by 7 days and subtract 49 from the total. Then go to the next item and do the same. NOTE: Some activities may fall under more than one category.

  12. 168 hours each week. Track and enjoy each hour

    Use PlanArty Time Management Solution to keep accurate records of your activities. Do this for a week which means 168 hours. Classify activities by categories that interest you and calculate how much time you spend on each. You can do this in PlanArty using Planned day versus Real day. Analyze the results and mark the unwanted differences.

  13. How Do You Use Your 168?

    Step 7: Create a Calendar. Now that you have determined how you will use your 168, plug in all the key tasks into a weekly calendar using different colored pens or highlighters. Start with ...

  14. Time Management Worksheet Example

    168 Hours in a Week. SEMESTER CALENDAR. Part 3. Using the syllabus for each course you are taking, indicate all important dates for homework, projects, events, etc. that you must complete for the semester. Include all school-related assignments and quizzes/tests/exams. Then add in any family obligations (weddings, religious events, etc.) that ...

  15. PDF 168 Hour Week

    For example, 5 courses (5 x 3 = 15) plus 2 labs (2 x 3 = 6) would equal 21 hours per week ... number of hours you are working, and/or other commitments (friends, sports, volunteering), because you have not even begun studying or preparing assignments yet! If you have a lot of time left, then your challenge is to use that time wisely. ...

  16. 168 Hour Assignment

    168 hour assignment - Free download as Word Doc (.doc / .docx), PDF File (.pdf), Text File (.txt) or view presentation slides online. For this assignment, you'll be asked to assess your current schedule and the hourly amount of time spent on various activities. You'll then be asked to create a tentative weekly schedule where you set aside time specifically for your online course.

  17. How to Take Control of Your Time With The 168H Spreadsheet

    A week is 7 days, 168 hours. It makes it a lot easier to see patterns and blocks of time on a 168-hour timeline than on a 24-hour one. ... Example If you estimate that you spend 3 hours per week doing groceries, you only need to fill in the blue Weekly column. If you spend 30 minutes per day in the shower, you only need to fill in the blue ...

  18. 168 Hour Assignment

    168 Hour Assignment. One of the first assignments we had in this course was to map out the 168 hours of our week. We put detailed information about how we spend our days in the week in order to determine and plan study times for the course. Because it is an online class, it is very important to manage one's own time as there is no set class time.

  19. 168 Hour Assignment (Compatible Version)

    PART 2: 168 HOUR EXERCISE. Directions: Based on your schedule above, write down how much time you intend to spend on average in a week for each of the following activities: 1 | P a g e. Activity Time Spent (in Hours) Sleep (hours per night x 7) 56 Meals (hours per day x 7) 7 Classes (current credit hours x 3) 42 Work 0 Commute Time for classes ...

  20. There Are 168 Hours in Each Week. Here's How to Make the Most of Them

    For one week, write down what you're doing every 30 minutes. Keeping a time log might feel like one more thing to add to your to-do list, but the results can be enlightening. You might be ...

  21. 168 Hour Assignment.docx

    P ART 2: 168 H OUR E XERCISE Directions: Based on your schedule above, write down how much time you intend to spend on average in a week for each of the following activities: Activity Time Spent (in Hours) Sleep (hours per night x 7) 70 hours Meals (hours per day x 7) 20 hours Classes (current credit hours x 3) 11 hours Work 0 hour Commute Time for classes and/or work 1 hour Family/Friend Time ...

  22. 168 Hour Assignment

    168 Hour Assignment - 1 Hour. what are you most surprised to see, overall, in how you are currently spending your time? I honestly now have a better schedule than before because I used to work more than 80 hours a week and would have no time to enroll in school, no time for myself or even family.

  23. 168 Hour Assignment

    168 hour assignment - Free download as Word Doc (.doc / .docx), PDF File (.pdf), Text File (.txt) or read online for free. Scribd is the world's largest social reading and publishing site.