168: What does this number mean to you?
One of my favorite things to do, is to listen to Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul Conversations Podcasts. Oprah introduces every podcast with the following: “I believe one of the most valuable gifts you can give yourself is time. Taking time to be more fully present.”
Time is one of the best examples of equality – there is no discrimination on age, gender, race, or any other dimension – everyone receives the same every week: 168 hours!
There is a continuous debate whether one should practice time management or energy management – which will help you best to get the most out of the 168 hours?
Harvard Business Review published results on an in-depth 12-year study, that examined the unique time management challenges of CEOs and the best strategies for conquering them (1).The study was launched in 2006 and offers the first comprehensive and detailed examination of CEO time use in large, complex companies over an extended period. At a high level, the average hours allocated are:
Of the 62.5 working hours: 38 hours were spent on face to face interactions, 10 hours on phone or reading and replying to written correspondence, and the final 15 hours were spent on electronic communications.
How does your 168 hours compare to this Harvard study? Many of my clients ask me for help to better use their time to achieve life&work wellbeing.
- The Leader’s Calendar. Harvard Business Review. July/August 2018. https://hbr.org/2018/07/the-leaders-calendar