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.