168 Hours Challenge, Weekend Thread

Since writing 168 Hours, I’ve tried to get better about using my weekends. Before anyone grimaces at the idea of “using” weekends, please understand that I mean choosing a few activities that will be fun and/or meaningful for my family, and letting chores and everything else fill in around that. As a result, it’s Saturday night as… read more »

168 Hours Challenge Day 5

It’s Friday (finally!) and our workweek challenge logs are almost done. But the key thing to remember when thinking about 168 hours is that our weeks aren’t even close to done. We still have a solid 60 hours between 6pm on Friday and 6am on Monday. Think about that! Obviously some of it involves sleeping, but using the 60 hours of a weekend well is an… read more »

168 Hours Challenge Day 4

Finally, I am posting the Challenge thread! 168 Hours is the subject of Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project blog post today (head over there to read about my magazine addiction). I have been feeling a bit out of sorts this AM, partly because I am hashing out the title and angle for my next book. While this is exciting, it is hard to judge whether an hour spen… read more »

The Art of Productivity

Dear readers: We interrupt the 168 Hours Challenge, going on this week, for this piece from The Huffington Post. If you are new here, welcome! Please poke around through the archives, and if you’d like to join the soon-to-launch monthly newsletter, email me at lvanderkam@yahoo.com to subscribe.
By Laura Vanderkam
Some warm morning, nearly 200 year… read more »

168 Hours Challenge Day 3

We are deep into the week. How are we holding up? I’m impressed with some of the time logs I’m seeing. One issue people are raising is how we can be deliberate about distractions. The truth is, we all need a break now and then. Many times, we take that break by losing hours in email, web surfing, Twitter checking, etc. Which is fine, if we’ve cho… read more »