168 hours succeeding at work and life 24/7


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168 hours succeeding at work and life 24/7

  1. 1. 168 Hours: Making work and life work, 24/7 Laura Vanderkam with Project Management Institute Indianapolis, IN July 17, 2014
  2. 2. 2 How busy are you? Quick quiz: Give yourself a point for each “yes” 2
  3. 3. Goals for today’s talk •Realize we do have time for what matters •Rethink some common misperceptions about time •Learn 10 strategies for making the most of our time at work and at home •Analyze some challenges, share tips
  4. 4. 24 x 7 = 168 •There are 168 hours in a week •A week is the cycle of life as we live it •If you work 50 hours and sleep 56, that leaves 62 hours for other things •Work 60? That leaves 52 (7.5/day) •The CDC asks us to exercise 2.5 hours per week
  5. 5. Yet we feel starved for time •Only 1 in 5 Americans meets exercise guidelines •Dual income couples claim they have only 12 minutes a day to talk to each other •A full 27 percent of Americans didn’t read a single book for pleasure in the past year •Only 10 percent of Americans volunteer 2 hours per week •People claim they don’t have time to floss
  6. 6. Professionals like you want to . . . • “take an hour or two a day to have ‘me’ time and connect with family/friends” • “find more time for my family during the week” • “work differently -- less time in meetings and in my inbox” • “work on projects I am most passionate about” • “have designated strategic thinking time” • “balance current projects and future projects” • “consistently work 50 productive hours max a week”
  7. 7. 7 How do we measure time? • It’s trickier than it seems • Quick response surveys are misleading: people don’t know how much time things take; systematic bias • Time diaries are the gold standard: American Time Use Survey; Canada’s General Social Survey • In time diaries, people are less likely to give socially desirable answers • A day must contain 24 hours of activities and a week 168 hours -- no more, no less
  8. 8. Lessons from time diary studies •People underestimate sleep •People overestimate paid work •People overestimate housework •People lose track of time •People underestimate leisure time
  9. 9. Time for a time makeover • Start with a time log
  10. 10. Log your time •Like a food journal for time •Write down what you’re doing as often as you remember •Bill your time to different projects (work and personal) •Try to keep going for 1 week (168 hours) •Break time down into categories: work (plus subcategories), sleep, personal care, children, spouse/partner, housework, travel, TV, etc.
  11. 11. Review your schedule •What do I like most about my schedule? •What do I want to do more of? •What do I want off my plate? •Remember the empty spreadsheet -- time is a blank slate.
  12. 12. Picture a blank slate • “Everything I do, every minute I spend is my choice.” • Instead of saying “I don’t have time to do X, Y, or Z,” say “I don’t do X, Y, or Z because it’s not a priority.” • Goal: Fill your 168 hours with only the things that deserve to be there
  13. 13. Your List of 100 Dreams •Instead of asking how to save time, ask what you want to be doing more of with your time - at work and in your personal life
  14. 14. Identify your core competencies •Most of our 100 dreams are about nurturing career, relationships, self •How could you spend more time nurturing career, relationships, self? •How could you spend less time on everything else?
  15. 15. Time management strategies •What do you want to say in your performance review? •What do you want to say in the family holiday letter? •Break big goals down into doable steps •Play offense with your time
  16. 16. More strategies for success •Think 168 hours, not 24 •Use your mornings •Build in space •Ignore, minimize, outsource
  17. 17. Questions? Thoughts? • I would love to hear from you and stay in touch. • Email: lvanderkam@yahoo.com • Website: www.lauravanderkam.com • Twitter: @lvanderkam • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/168HoursBook
  18. 18. Laura Vanderkam • Writer, journalist and author 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think All The Money In the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast