What’s your time worth?

In one single encounter the other day, I believe that I made a choice that would make my mother & Laura Vanderkam proud, while simultaneously embarrassing my children (always a bonus). We were in the midst of another week where we all seemed to be running, coming & going. Recently I went back to work full time after 3 years of part-time work and we are all still adjusting.

While driving my daughter to soccer practice, I noticed a lawn care truck in front of a neighbor’s house. A seemingly nice man was putting away his mower when I shamelessly accosted him and asked if he had any time to cut our grass. Typically this falls into ‘husband’ category, not that this Kentucky girl hadn’t handled a SNAPPER mower on my childhood farm for MANY years, but said husband had been dealing with his own crazy work stuff and getting home late and exhausted. Lawn care is certainly not in our budget, but at this moment when our grass had gotten to an almost embarrassing level, I decided that I could shave some money from one budget line or work a few additional hours JUST TO GET IT DONE.

My kids says that in the heat of the moment that I told Ron Busken (Busken Lawn Care) that I loved him when he agreed to the task (I’m denying it) and off we sped to soccer. Read the rest of this entry

168 Hours Challenge

clockIf you’ve ever muttered the phrase, “I wish I had time to do that” or find yourself at the end of a weekend wondering where your time went, join author Laura Vanderkam, me and many others as we take the 168 Hours Challenge. Based on the book, 168 HOURS: You Have More Time Than You Think, it’s a week long challenge to take a close look at one week of our lives (168 hours!) and learn where the time really goes!

You can join the event on facebook, share your feedback directly on the 168 Hours site, blog on your own site or even email Laura directly at lvanderkam@yahoo.com. It starts Monday, September 13th but feel free to jump in anytime during the week as a little challenge is better than none at all.

All you need to do is download a time sheet from her website, http://www.my168hours.com/time-management-spreadsheet.html, and start recording your time.  Laura will be giving away a book a day Read the rest of this entry

24/7 = 168 Hours

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.

images 168I’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, Read the rest of this entry