How Using 168 Can Eliminate Your Time Management Stress

Lisa Criley-Mallis, time strategy visionary, SystemSavvy Consulting, LLC

How often do you feel that your day is jammed packed?  Each minute is filled with an activity.  At the end of the day your to-do list still has at least 10 items on it.  You fall into bed thinking – tomorrow will be better - it MUST be!

The ChallengeTrying to figure out how fit more “stuff” into your schedule is a common challenge.  Often you are busy, busy, busy all day long – yet still aren’t able to work on your high priority tasks.  Plus, you begin to feel more and more and more anxious, stressed and uncomfortable as the week goes on.

The Solution
Create a wish list.  If you were living in an ideal world where would you like to spend your time?  Make a list of every area you want to spend time on each week.
  • Work
  • Travel
  • Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Relaxation
  • Family
  • Big Goals / Projects
  • Sleeping
  • Volunteer
  • Spiritual
  • More
  • More
  • More
  • More
  • More
  • Now assign the number of hours you want to devote to each area each week.
  • Add up these estimates.
  • Subtract this number from 168 (the number of hours in a week).

What Your Number Means

If your number is above 168, you need to adjust the time allocation on your wish list.  You have a number of options for reducing your time allocations including delegating, deleting, splitting categories up for every-other week attention, to make the numbers work.  Regardless of the process you use, you MUST go back to each category and adjust the number of hours you want to devote to the category until you can equal 168.

If your number is below 168, and you still feel as if you aren’t spending enough time on your high priority items, start tracking your time.  You may find that even though you think you devote 10 hours each week towards a high priority goal, your actual number is much lower due to distractions, procrastination, and last minute emergencies.  Tracking your time will allow you to examine the facts.

Allocating your time allows you to be proactive, living each day in accordance to your priorities.  You can now choose which areas you want to focus your attention on replacing “busyness” with focused efficiency.

Lisa Crilley Mallis, COC, time strategy visionary, combines her experience in secondary education and coaching and her love of schedules, systems, and time management to create SystemSavvy Consulting.   She believes every person deserves the opportunity to live the life of their dreams feeling in control and bringing balance into their lives.  The crazy, “I’m so busy” feeling does not have to be way of life.  Lisa is a master at cutting to the heart of overwhelm and has helped countless clients regain control of their schedules and experience life.  Contact Lisa at