#WIN168: Awareness of this number will change your life

Let’s Change Our Life!

For the past 3 years I’ve been obsessed with the number 168.  Why? Before you read on do you know the significance of 168? You have the power to reduce this number, but really you never have the ability to increase it. This number is the very structure of our life, seasons, years, quarters and so on. Here it is:

  • 168 hours in a week.
  • 24 hours in a day

Are you aware of how you spend those hours? On the surface I’m sure you do.  You spend 30-50 hours working 40-60 hours sleeping.  Depending on how lucky you happen to be ;).

My direct awareness of how I spend my 168 has changed my world.  The deeper I think on it the more sophisticated my time management becomes.  As I work with various professionals everyday I thought it would be helpful to share my thoughts and what I’ve learned.

The number 1 mistake we make as humans is to allow the day/week to own us.  To be taken in and out by the current of life’s sea.  But to rather change that by directing and guiding our days.  Yes, this is easier said than done, but not impossible.  A disciplined life will give you more freedom than you can ever imagine.

How do I make the most of my 168?

Let’s make a list, we love that right?

I’m going to give you a tool to track your 168.  In no way is this a planner or to do list.  It’s a place to block your time.  First step, list your roles and/or duties: Sleep, Gym, Family, Housework, Job/Work, Volunteer, Quiet time, etc… Make the list your own and calculate approx how much time you spend on each.

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ANROMA Time Management

Now, let’s do the math…

If we use the diagram above, we’re already using a total of 109 hours of our 168.  Which leaves us with 59 hours or a tad above 8+ hours a day leftover.  Doesn’t this bring your week into prospective?  How are we spending our precious leftover hours.  I’m not here to suggest what you do in your spare time.  I am here to make sure you are aware of this precious 168 that we’re given weekly, that we do our best and make the most of it.

In actuality we all know that we don’t have 8 spare hours everyday.  We’re lucky to have an hour to ourselves in the wee-hours of the night, which cuts into our 56 hours for sleep.  Let’s continue with the time block tool to gain an even greater prospective.

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Plan out the week.  Grab a pencil/pen and a highlighter (s) and plan your week.  There are times you know are set in stone. Add in those times and move from there.  Block out your sleep, gym, and work schedules to start.  Your week may look different every week and that’s ok.  Remember this is a tool to make you aware of how you’re spending your time.  We want you to #WIN168 and be as successful and free as can be.

image (1)In my example I highlighted my sleep times.  The document hides Midnight to 5am (we presume you’re sleeping at those times).  Your schedule may include productivity during those hours so switch it up accordingly.

We hope you find this article helpful.  If you do, please comment below with your takeaway or AHA moment.  You may just help someone else.

Have a great rest of the week, wishing you a #WIN168.

Attributes of a #WIN168:

  • Designated time slots for the important roles/duties of life.
  • Flexibility to change what needs to be changed.
  • Your new found awareness will result in more time!

Share your thoughts and include your social media links in your comment. 

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Margaret Brown
Founder & Owner of The ANROMA Group – SocializeLA.com

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