• Monem Ansari

The Myth of the Time Crunch

Lessons from 168 Hours—You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam

A short while before a recent vacation, one of my mentors suggested I improve my time management and task management skills. Naturally, at first, I balked at the idea. So, there I was in the Himalayas, where time stood still, reading up on time management. Took a few moments to laugh at myself, and life.

The book I was reading up on those mountains was 168 Hours – You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. It came with a disclaimer not to be the solution to all my woes, and refused to exclusively be earmarked a self help or project management book. It did delve right into rich examples, stories, of individuals who lived the lives they wanted to without the stress that many of us carry around. The first realization came as the truth that everyone – everyone – on this Earth has 168 hours per week to live, function, love, and play. No exceptions. Some people do have less control over their time, such as those who lack basic human rights or live in impoverished or threatening circumstances; but this probably is not the case for most of us.

What is the myth of the time crunch?

That we don’t have time to do the things we want or need to do.