Time Management 168

Time Management 168

Time Management 168

168! What is the significance of the number 168 in regards to time management? Well, for starters, it is the great equalizer of all men! 168 is the total hours in a week – 24 hours x 7 days = 168!
The difference between the successful and the average is how their particular allotment of time is used. Let’s remove 42 hours for sleep, that would allow 6 hours a night for 7 days. With the remaining 126 hours, let’s remove 50 hours for your vocation. Not vacation, vocation, your job, that leaves 76 hours of time left in the week (168 – 42 for sleep – 50 for work = 76 hours).
Let’s consider the time management skills of each group with the remaining 76 hours.

The successfuls’ habits include furthering their education, reading books to improve their skills, investing, delegation of smaller tasks that can be done by others, planning, saving money, writing, and the list goes on and on in this regards.
Now, let’s consider the habits of the average. The average waste their time with distractions like facebook, watching television, procrastinating, spending busy time while accomplishing nothing. Habits like these can keep you busy, but in the end, they have wasted time.
Here is the wonderful thing about 168, with the right set of time management skills, you can take control of your time and your week and make it work for you instead of wasting it away in distraction. Because you are reading this, you no longer have an excuse to say, “I don’t have time,” you have been told that you do – 76 hours worth once you remove sleep and your job. That number equates to just under 11 hours a day and a tremendous amount of success oriented tasks can be completed with that much available time.
The next step is to educate yourself in time management if you find yourself among the average and want to change that status. There are countless books and systems available to you to assist you in learning this valuable skill of time management. The two that I have found to be most helpful are The Franklin Covey Planner inspired by Benjamin Franklin and brought to fruition with the help of Dr. Stephen Covey, best selling author and speaker, and The Time of Your Life by Anthony Robbins. I have found that both are effective in time management, however, I prefer the latter for my own personal use.
The next few pieces in this series will delve into some ways that you can really maximize the time that you have been given in order to accomplish anything you want in life. Write a book, create an MLM empire, get into the best shape of your life, learn the skills of investing money, and so forth. Make this the best week ever, divide your 168 up in ways that will do you the most good, and stop wasting time because once it’s gone, it’s gone forever!
What are you going to change so that you can put your time to better use this week and beyond? Please share in a comment below!
Best to you in all you do!
– Drew
PS: I’ve written on this topic before. Check out this Tip-Of-The-Day, P. T. Barnum’s perspective, and other Time Management Techniques.




  • Ann Nguyen April 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Hey Drew,
    After reading this blog, I came to realize how much time I had wasted. Looking back at my first semester at college, I had more free time on my hand than when I was in high school. Instead of being productive and using some time management skills, I waste my time with distractions, i.e. television and the Internet. Reading this blog, got me thinking how I need to prioritize my time, because like you said, “once it’s gone, it’s gone forever!” After reading Time Management 168, those 76 hours might seem a lot in the grand scheme of life but the way I was spending that time ultimately became a waste. Since it’s finals week, I plan on utilizing this 76 hours to enhance my education, more on reading a textbook and less on a computer screen.

  • Nancy White April 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Thank you Drew for the reminder, time is the same for everyone
    I schedule appointments and then use the nuggets of time between to do phone calls, follow up etc. It takes the same amount of time to complete a task, the key is WHEN is the most optimal time of day to do the task? I have to ask myself that question, especially when something comes up unexpectantly.

  • Drew Berman April 30, 2012 at 9:48 am

    #Ann this is a great insite. Thank you for your great feedback

  • Drew Berman April 30, 2012 at 9:49 am

    @Nancy – I love that you schedule appointments. This is definitely key. Something unexpected always comes up. The true champions stay on task.

  • Jodel Mintel May 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Drew, Great blog, loved your Time Management 168. WOW, you really have me thinking about what I can change now and how I can restructure my day. First, to have a plan, a plan for success, and then schedule my success by dividing my 76 hours into segments, stop procrastinating, learn new skills and schedule my priorities understanding that this is all a process. And finally, to have confidence that I am on my journey and living my dreams.

  • Dave April 29, 2015 at 9:38 am

    A mathematical approach to time management. I love it. I think I’m pretty good with my time management but I always love your tips, helping me improve at every turn.