I love going to the library to choose a book. I have always enjoyed reading or being read to. Sometimes when I go to the library I like to let the book choose me.
When we were in a rush, I was looking at the audio books and came across this title.
I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time
I listen to this audio book when I am in the car doing all my errands. Last week I learned a few thoughts that I think has changed me and I wanted to pass along the wisdom. First, Vanderkam describes a little change in thinking and reflecting that illuminated how I view myself.
She mentions that often we review and reflect on our lives in terms of a 24 hour period. But if we could step back and look at our week as a 168 hours we would find, perhaps a more accurate and balanced life. Often I get bogged down in the daily grind, today was good I accomplished a lot or conversely, today was a write off as I rushed around restoring balance to forgotten violins and homework. But if I look at what I do, in the context of a week I think I can find more joy and see the balance.
In the book she interviews woman who make 100, 000+ salaries and who have a least one or more children. Although this is never my goal, I have to admit I could learn something about how these women schedule their day and try and accomplish a balanced life. Vanderkam asks all the women who participate in her study to fill out a time blog. A very accurate detailed way that they are spending their time. This is the next eye opening experience. As humans we under and over estimate how we are using our times. I haven’t done it yet but would like to examine exactly how each week I am using the 168 hours allotted to me. I think that when we are more honest in describing our time we can make the necessary changes or celebrate our accomplishments. Based on what Vanderkam learned from the patterns in those time-logs, she provides a framework for anyone who wants to thrive in all aspects of life.
I am not done the book but already have loved the learning that I find in the knowledge that someone elses stories, work, and passion could bless my life.