The 168-Hour Exercise
How Do I Use My Time Now?

Understanding how you use your time now can help you decide if you need to make changes.

- Enter the hours you think you spend on each of the activities below.
- Click the buttons below to see the total amount of time for each area of activity.
- Evaluate the results to see how you use your time now.

Only enter information where a green box with a star (*) is indicated.


1. Enter total number of class hours per week*

List your courses, the grade you want to earn and the number of hours you need to study each week.

Courses I Am Taking

Grade I Want To Earn

Study Hours Per Week

* * *
* * *
* * *
* * *
* * *

(Class Hours + Study Hours)

Fixed Activities

Estimate the time spent on necessary activities.

Average Hours


Hours Spent Per Week

7-10 Personal care
(i.e. grooming, dressing, laundry, etc.)
10-12 Meals *
5-10 Meetings, errands, commuting *
10-15 Part-time job *
56-60 Sleep *
-- Other *


When you subtract the hours you spend on academic and fixed activities from the total hours in the week - 168 hours - you'll see how much flexible time you have for leisure activities.

SO... 168 - total number of committed hours (academic and fixed) = flexible hours

168 - =

Total flexible hours



1. I have a good balance between academics, recreation, and other obligations.

2. I treat my academic commitments like a full time job of about 40 hours per week.

3. The time I spend on academics equals or exceeds the time I allow for recreation.

4. I get an adequate amount of sleep each night.

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