Laura Vanderkam confronts the myth of our 60 hour work week and offers some tips for saving time every day.
- Keep a time log…tracking time keeps us from spending it mindlessly or lying to ourselves about what we do with it.
- Be honest. While Americans claim to sleep six to seven hours per night, time logs show we sleep more than eight.
- Change your language. Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels.
Check out the full Wall Street Journal article for more!
“In his incisive and doggedly counter-intuitive new book, The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse, [David] Owen gently dismantles the foundation of standard environmental behavior with a series of succinctly turned arguments that, in addition to being presented with considerable wit and self-deprecation, lead us to the conclusion that ecological salvation will ultimately be found in tightly packed cities where mobility is minimized, living space is constrained, and the myriad gadgetry designed to reduce the individual carbon footprint is rendered obsolete by sheer virtue of human density. In essence, the opposite of the way Americans typically live.” (Freakanomics)