I don’t quite remember when the phrase 24/7 entered into my vernacular but I probably overuse it as much as I do the word literally…literally. Wikipedia claims that there was a popular song of the same name in 1989 by Dino Esposito or another early known use of the term is attributed to Raymond Sandoval who first used 24/7 during a business presentation. Regardless, a new book by Laura Vanderkam called 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think is moving beyond the 24/7 day and moving us into the 168 Hour week.
I’ll admit that I was equally intrigued and annoyed by the title. The last thing I need is someone else telling me how to better organize my time or my life. However, after getting past the Intro (skim it or skip it, ugh!), I decided that anyone & everyone could benefit from this book. Male, female, grad, Dad, corporate executive, stay-at-home mom…it’s an easy read that provides simple steps to assess how you spend your time.
I didn’t do an entire week but even after a 3 day review, it was enough for me to see that those 72 hours of my life were not aligned with what I claim to value and prioritize. 168 Hours is not preachy and has some good worksheets to evaluate your core competencies, daily life, downtime & goals. I’m recommending this book to everyone and so are many others if you’d like to read some additional reviews. Who wouldn’t want to get the most out of their time or their lives?