168 Hours

168 Hours

Sleep 7.5 hours a day...

And you’re left with 115 waking hours each week.

Invest 40 – 45 hours of that time at work … that’s 35 – 40% of your waking weekly life.

It makes sense to do what we can to make that time as enjoyable as possible for everyone.

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 Cross The Line, Be 212 and Smile & Move)? Are you doing anything to make 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.

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When I talk with audiences, I share the number 168 up on a screen and ask if anyone knows what it represents. Very rarely does someone know the answer.

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. I wonder why we don’t learn the number of hours in a week like we do the other numbers?

(What if we taught it earlier ... in schools? What if we consistently taught the value of loving your work, making a contribution, and the importance of working relationships … loving your people? What if we made these lessons 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? Hours in a month? Hours in a year?

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

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