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  • Writer's pictureChuck Cusumano

How Do You Use Your 168?

By Chuck Cusumano and Jillian Broaddus

You’ve probably heard of the number 86,400: it’s incorporated into song lyrics, discussed in TED Talks, and seen in articles up and down the Internet. That's because it’s the number of seconds in a day.

However, not much can be accomplished in a second, so we think there’s a more noteworthy number we should be focusing on. Does the number 168 have a significance to you? If not yet, we think it should. We think it should be printed on t-shirts, posted on bumper stickers, or – at the very least – on a sticky note on your desk. Why? It’s the number of hours in one week!

We’ve all heard about the importance of “time management” – there are endless courses, books, and speeches all focusing on the topic. However, there is no way to control time: we can’t buy more of it, trade it, or sell it; we can’t stop it, rewind it, or fast forward it. Time is the constant, and we are all given the same amount: our own 168.

The truth is, it’s not about managing your time; it’s about managing yourself over the course of time. When we see this as an internal – rather than external – thing, we see the power we truly have.

How are you managing yourself over your 168? When you break it down, our time is precious: take out the hours spent sleeping, eating, commuting, and working; subtract the minutes stuck in traffic, waiting in line, and getting ready. When all is said and done, we must be diligent with the amount of time we have control over. We must make the most of our 168!

“Be careful, then, how you live - not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time.” Ephesians 5:15-16.

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