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What do you want to do each day? (168 hours lessons)

This is part one of my comments about 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. You can read my overall review of the book - which I very much liked - here.

Here's a question you may not have asked yourself recently: What do you want to do during your workday?

One theme throughout the book and might be the only idea you really need to focus on is having an active thought about what you want to do each day. Do you want a clean house? To play with your kids? Professionally do you want to get a big project done at work, avoid infighting This part of the book reminded me of the Cheshire Cat responding to Alice that it doesn't really matter what path you take if you don't care where you want to go.

Creating a list of what you want to do though is really hard and especially so when you're in the middle of a day. Just the other day both of my daughters were playing very nicely together in the basement and I had finished washing the dishes from lunch and everything was ready for dinner. The floors had been swept but could have been mopped - our floors could always be mopped - and the bathrooms cleaned but neither were too dirty. And I didn't have anything to do. I can't remember what I did but it probably consisted of Facebook, Twitter, Instapaper, repeat. I needed structure so that I could work towards things.

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