Yes, it’s still Thursday here, but I figured I’d get a head start.
Over at BNET, I discuss the 4 Words You Should Never Say. Longtime readers know exactly what they are: “I don’t have time.” Whenever you feel yourself tempted to say these four words, try using the phrase “It’s not a priority” and see how you feel. Often that is a perfectly adequate explanation. And sometimes it’s true even if it’s not politically correct (sometimes, reading yet another bed time story is not as much a priority as sitting down and finally reading the paper). Other times, though, it turns out we’re just lying to ourselves. We have time for what matters.
I also post on Why You Should Make a Bucket List. If you haven’t already made your List of 100 Dreams, I encourage you to do so! Time management isn’t just about saving a few minutes here and there — it’s about filling your life with things that deserve to be in it. What do you want to do with your time? A bucket list is a good way to answer that question.
Wired’s website ran a nice review of 168 Hours from GeekDad (though they take issue with my exercise nagging… yes, yes). As Jonathan Liu writes:
I found Vanderkam’s approach to time-management quite attractive in terms of how to think about time. Also, 168 Hours is not your typical time-management book, because it’s not just about suggestions for improving your workflow or helping you keep your inbox at zero. It’s more about the big picture, about figuring out how to focus on your “core competencies” and minimizing the rest. The reason Vanderkam uses the 168 hours figure is that twenty-four hours seems like such a short amount of time to cram everything in, but our lives are often lived out a week at a time. Our natural rhythm and our schedules are often made up of weeks more than individual days, and 168 hours seems like a lot more to play with and is a bit more flexible than a single day. …
Making good use of your time isn’t always easy, and the book doesn’t pretend that it is. There are tough choices to make, and sometimes it means cutting out things you like to make room for things you love. …
If you frequently find yourself feeling like you simply don’t have enough time for everything in your life, take a look at 168 Hours. Yes, it will take time to read the book and put it into practice, but maybe it’s worth giving up a couple hours of your life in order to get back so many more.
And, of course, if anyone hasn’t yet read Lisa Belkin’s Motherlode post on the Marginal Cost of Children, check it out. I was fascinated by the 156 comments — some very enlightening, and some surprising (why do people who don’t like children read and comment on a parenting blog?) Thanks to that post, I pretty much have my research done for that chapter of the money book!