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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (617 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Vanderkam Narrator: Elizabeth London Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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There are 168 hours in a week. This book is about where the time really goes, and how we can all use it better. It's an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are starved for time. With the rise of two-income families, extreme jobs, and 24/7 connectivity, life is so frenzied we can barely find time to breathe. 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 else, if we don't make excuses, we make sacrifices. To get ahead at work we spend less time with our spouses. To carve out more family time, we put off getting in shape. To train for a marathon, we cut back on sleep. 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. They focus on what they do best and what only they can do. When plans go wrong and they run out of time, only their lesser priorities suffer. It's not always easy, but the payoff is enormous. Vanderkam shows that it really 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. The key is to start with a blank slate and to fill up your 168 hours only with things that deserve your time. Of course, you probably won't read to your children at 2:00 am, or skip a Wednesday morning meeting to go hiking, but you can cut back on how much you watch TV, do laundry, or spend time on other less fulfilling activities. Vanderkam shares creative ways to rearrange your schedule to make room for the things that matter most.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heathermarvell | 2/17/2014

    " Some good tips, lots of obvious stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tim Williams | 2/12/2014

    " I give it four stars grudgingly. It has some good ideas but it also has a lot of fluff. Fortunately, it is easy to skim past some bits and then jump back in when it has something useful to say. Personally I find repeated examples and charts to be no value added. Give me the idea, explain it efficiently, and let me use it as I see fit - that works better for me. Also, there were a lot of "as a pregnant mother" anecdotes that do me (as a single male with all his kids raised to adults) not much good. Still, I found it a worthwhile read and found some things to try out for myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janssen | 2/11/2014

    " Really interesting. The middle bothered me a bit (I thought some of it was just a bit unrealistic for how some people live and these are definitely first world problems here), but overall, useful and insightful. Full review to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jane | 2/6/2014

    " In the same way that I liked The Happiness Project, I liked how this book made me think, plus provided research about how Americans are actually spending their time. Worth checking out. "

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