168 Hours: I need to figure out what I want to do with my life – Review

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam

I don’t think I share (or want to share)  the same life/goals as the author.  She spent a lot of time talking about playing with your kids and earning enough money to pay other people to do all the things you don’t like to do.  I have a lot of memories of sitting with/helping my mom while she did all those boring things – cooking, cleaning, laundry, yard work.  I then learned how to do these things for myself, which seems to me a reasonably important part of parenting.  I’m sure she would have enjoyed playing and reading more, but then I’d have no idea how to do my own laundry.  I suppose the author assumed that if my mom paid someone else to do laundry, I’d just continue doing the same (unless laundry was one of my core competencies?).

I did like her suggestions of keeping a time chart to figure out where all the hours of the day go.  One of the reasons I loved my commute is that 45 minutes on the lightrail/walking instead of 45 minutes driving (like it was in Phoenix) is  more exercise by having to walk (even in the sleeting rain, I console myself that I’m getting at least my 30 minutes of exercise) and I get to sit and read which makes me cheerier than driving. I also like the reminder that I should actually think about the things I want to do with my life and work toward getting them done.

But really, I’m convinced this author lives in a different world than I do.  A world where everyone has heaps of money to delegate all the boring life things.  Nevertheless, reading this book convinced me that I really should stop whining about not having enough time, so I should get around to starting a blog.  So I guess that’s something.

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