Prioritize Your Life

Time management specialists teach us how to set priorities in the workplace, how to organize those priorities and how to stick to our priorities to get more done. Applying the same principles to our free time is equally important.

There are 168 hours in a week. Of those 168 hours, we spend about 40 of them working (a bit more if you keep the hours I do) and about 4 hours (more depending on traffic) a week in transit to and from our jobs. As a result, we are spending just over one quarter of our lives taking care of workplace business.

We spend another 56 hours a week sleeping, 7 hours grooming, 7 hours eating, leaving 54 hours in our week to do the things we really enjoy!

I am astonished by the efforts spent on managing the work week - just over 25% of our week, while the other 33% of our week, our free time, isn’t managed accordingly. Work seems to prevail and we fail to realize that we have lives beyond work.

Why do we recognize the need to prioritize our work lives and fall short on prioritizing our free time? What priorities have you set for yourself during the 54 hours available each week?

I applaud everyone who makes the commitment to manage time and priorities in the work place. However, do open your eyes to the part of your life that is bigger than work…the 33% of your life that belongs to you. Your happiness IS more important!!!


  1. It's amazing when you break it down like that. We spend so much time working and 'spending' time. Our 'free' time is so valuable. Thank you for making me take another look at it!



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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.