168 Hours

168 Hours

That’s the number of hours available to everyone each week.

Let’s walk it through for most of us…

We might give 60 of those hours to sleeping and staying clean (grooming and bathroom visits … 8.5 hours a day). Add in 8 hours of weekly eating time and we’re left with 100 hours.

Invest 50 of them in working and commuting and we’ve got 50 hours each week to put wherever we’d like. (200 hours a month, 2400 hours a year!)

I find that pretty exciting.

And, if you’re lucky enough to love your work (or learn to love making a contribution and love the people around you at work), it’s paradise (really).

Drawn Hourglass

Individually: What are you actively doing (consistently) to better love what you do and the people you do it with and for?

Leaders and managers: What are you consistently doing to help your people better enjoy their work and the people around them (to Be 212 and Smile & Move)? Anything making it worse?

Happy people tend to be more engaged and make more good things happen … better results, better relationships, more opportunities. And that’s more enjoyable for everyone.

With awareness, comes responsibility.

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1 more thought…

I’ve asked more than 50 people if they know the number of hours in a week (men and women of all ages … younger adults and teens). Not one person has immediately known the answer.

I only knew because I was thinking it through for this.

Most of us know the number of hours in a day, the number of days in a week, the number of weeks in a year, etc. Why isn’t the number of hours in a week something we learn like the other numbers?

(What if we taught it earlier … in schools? What if we consistently taught the value of loving your work and making a contribution (and the importance of working relationships)? What if we made that lesson as important as any other lesson learned? What if we taught “living for the weekend” is to miss out on the bulk of your life?)

Maybe the weekly number isn’t that important. I mean where do you stop, right? Hours in a month? Hours in a year?

But to me, there’s something helpful about the weekly measurement. Somehow it helps me embrace a sense of urgency (Smovish Principle #8) while still keeping the bigger picture in mind.

Average daily commute in the U.S. is 51.4 minutes. (http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/LFE305214/00)
Average daily eating time as a primary activity in the U.S. is about 70 minutes. (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/atus.t12.htm)