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How Do You Use Your 169?

By Chuck Cusumano and Jillian Broaddus

What can you achieve in one hour?

You can have an additional 2,100 thoughts run through your head!

14,583 babies will be born around the world in one extra hour!

Your body can process 27-33 oz of additional water in one hour!

You could just sleep the extra hour!

You could run a 10K!

You could write and send at least four thank-you cards!

You could write a short story!

What will you do with this bonus of an additional hour? Oh, and remember it is only on loan – you have to give it back this spring!

In honor of the extra hour gained this past weekend, we're re-sharing one of the first blogs we ever wrote on The Joshua Group website: How Do You Use Your 168? However, in this case, it's "How Do You Use Your 169?":


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!*

*Or, 169!

“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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