The opening line of the 168 Hours intro is “Tuesday, July 14, 2009, was a good day.”
I go on to describe how I spent that day exactly one year ago, and what made the day “good.” The answer? I spent a high proportion of my hours on the things that bring the most meaning to my life: writing about things that matter to me (in this case, the book), playing with my then-2-year-old son, talking with my husband, exercising, and thinking about the big picture for my choir.
Over the past year, I have tried to really invest my 168 hours — “our only real wealth” as Geoff Colvin put it — in these categories. It’s an ongoing process.
Adding a new baby to the mix has changed things and added new stresses, though watching my two sons play nicely together (when they’re willing to do that) has certainly been a joy.
Writing 168 Hours has opened up lots of professional possibilities to me, even if I also find myself spending a lot of time on the marketing part (which is probably not among my core competencies).
I ran a marathon in April. I thought that would inspire me to keep doing long runs but it hasn’t. My longest run since then has been 5 miles. Oh well.
My choir has had a great year. We set new attendance records at our December concert and we were invited to sing at the 2011 ACDA conference, which is a big honor. I’m now transitioning out of the day-to-day choir management and am building up an advisory board.
One thing I didn’t think, re-reading the intro? “Where did the year go?” Partly that’s because it has to seem like a long time ago — I had yet to meet baby Sam at that point, and now he is such a big part of my life it’s hard to picture how I spent my time without him around!