168 Hours – How do you spend your time?

A couple weeks ago I talked a little about this book What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam. One of the things she talks about doing is charting out exactly how you spend your time each week. She actually has an entire book about this, which I need to read.

But, I did this and the results were surprising. Here’s how I my time broke out for a week:

  • Sleep: 55 hours
  • Work: 40+ hours
  • Family Time: 24 hours
  • Eating: 13 hours
  • Veg Time (Reading, TV, etc): 10 hours
  • Class and Study: 11 hours
  • Driving: 5 hours
  • Workout: 4 hours
  • Church: 3 hour
  • Getting Ready : 3 hours

The biggest surprise for me was how much less time I spend with my kids (Family time – 24 hours) than I do at work (42 hours). I actually thought that spending Saturday and Sunday with them made up for all of the time at work during the week. What will I do with this information? I’m going to make sure the time I do spend with them is higher quality, to try to make up for the lack of quantity.

I would encourage you to do this to see how you spend your time. Does where you spend your time line up with what you feel is most important in your life? Or are there adjustments you need to make?

To make this easy for you, I have uploaded the spreadsheet I used so that you can update it to match how you spend your time. Click here to download it.

Let me know if you have problems using this.  There is a chart on the left to enter what you do in each 30 minute time block.  Then, on the right, it will add up the amount of time spent with each activity.


Microsoft Surface Tablet

So, the Microsoft Surface tablet is the gadget that I’m most excited about seeing.  It is Microsoft’s entry into the tablet market currently dominated by the iPad and various Android devices.  I have had my Kindle Fire for about a year now and am beginning to realize just how useful a full fledged tablet can be.

However, in contemplating the purchage of a Microsoft Surface Tablet, I have come up with a list of things that must be supported on the device in order to make it useful for me:

  • Email – This is a given, it will be there.
  • Web – You know Internet Explorer will be there.  However, I would need to make sure it supports the video lectures posted on OSU’s Desire2Learn site in order for it to be useful for me.
  • Office – Again, this is a given.  What remains to be seen is how good the keyboard is.  Can I realistically write an entire paper on it? Or would I find myself going back to my laptop?
  • Dropbox – This is critical to the way I work.  I store all of the documents for projects and classes I’m currently working on out there so that it will sync between the various computers and devices that I use.
  • Evernote – This is also critical.  I have bee using Evernote for years as a way of keeping track of information and notes and, like Dropbox, letting it sync beween my devices.
  • Amazon Kindle – I have a large investment in Kindle books that I currently read with my Fire.  It remains to be seen how much I would read on a full tablet vs. the Fire, but it is critical that the tablet allow me to download my books.
  • Amazon Cloud Player – Like the Kinde books, I also have a ton of music stored out on my Amazon Cloud drive.  This really is more of a nice to have, because I’m sure I could download music onto the device.  However, being able to play them directy from the cloud would be very nice.

And then there is the price.  The Surface has to cost less than $500 to make it attractive.  That’s the price of the iPad.  If this isn’t at that price or below, it will be a flop and I wouldn’t buy it.

I’m pretty sure I will be purchasing a tablet within the next 6 to 12 months.  Will it be a Microsoft Surface?  I’d like it to be.  But, that remains to be seen.