And who says you don’t have enough time?

And who says you don’t have enough time?

Communication | Judette Coward-Puglisi

June 25, 2010














This week I’ve been collecting stories from friends, strangers and the web about time: how we use it, how we spend it and why we waste it.


This response comes from the brilliant Laura Vanderkam author of 168 Hours, You Have More Time Than You Think. 


"I think the answer is that most of us aren’t very strategic about our hours. 


We tend to live life as it comes at us, which in our distracted world happens very fast. 


We don’t think about how we want to spend our time, and so we spend massive amounts of time on things-television, Web surfing, random conference calls or meetings, housework, errands-that give a slight amount of pleasure or feeling of accomplishment, but do little for our careers, our families, or our personal lives.


We spend very little time on things that require more thought or initiative, like nurturing our kids (not just plopping them in front of the TV), exercising, or engaging in deliberate practice of our professional crafts. We try to squeeze these high-impact activities around the edges of things that are easy, or that seem inevitable merely because we always do them or because we think others expect us to. "


No wonder it is we feel overworked and under-rested, and tend to believe stories that confirm this view. Your thoughts?



One thought on “And who says you don’t have enough time?

  1. People often ask me how i do it all. i give the impression that i do a lot of different things well. well, sometimes. the truth is occasionally i over-schedule and something suffers. but generally, sensible people who know they have limited time, spend it wisely.

    When one perceives one has plenty time, one tends to waste some of it. look at people who balance work and study–they do as well or sometimes better than fulltime students. part of managing time well is learning to say no, which for over-schedulers is not easy. what is it we are always over-compensating for?

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