168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam
You Have More Time Than You Think

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There are 168 hours in a week. This is your guide to getting the most out of them.

It's an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are starved for time. We tell ourselves we'd like to read more, get to the gym regularly, try new hobbies, and accomplish all kinds of goals. But then we give up because there just aren't enough hours to do it all. Or if we don't make excuses, we make sacrifices- taking time out from other things in order to fit it all in.

There has to be a better way...and Laura Vanderkam has found one. After interviewing dozens of successful, happy people, she realized that they allocate their time differently than most of us. Instead of letting the daily grind crowd out the important stuff, they start by making sure there's time for the important stuff. When plans go wrong and they run out of time, only their lesser priorities suffer.

Vanderkam shows that with a little examination and prioritizing, you'll find it is possible to sleep eight hours a night, exercise five days a week, take piano lessons, and write a novel without giving up quality time for work, family, and other things that really matter.


About Laura Vanderkam

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LAURA VANDERKAM is the author of 168 Hours and a member of USA Today's board of contributors. Her writing has also appeared in BNET, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, and Reader's Digest, among other publications. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and two sons.
Published May 26, 2010 by Portfolio. 272 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Self Help. Non-fiction

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A few years ago, Laura Vanderkam, a thirtysomething Manhattanite, had a "realization": A lifetime, if calculated from week to week, "is simply 168 hours, repeated again and again."

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It's a vicious cycle: We get more stressed at work as the week goes on, but once the weekend rolls around, instead of taking time to rest and recharge, we're busy checking things off our to-do list and responding to neglected emails.

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It’s not human!” And I bristled every time she pointed out that, however you organize your time, making sure you have time to exercise is a non-negotiable.

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