Four Thousand Weeks. Time and How to Use It

Time management for mortals.

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What if you stopped trying to do everything, so that you could finally get round to what counts? 

We're obsessed with our lengthening to-do lists, our overfilled inboxes, the struggle against distraction, and the sense that our attention spans are shrivelling. Still, we rarely make the connection between our daily struggles with time and the ultimate time management problem: the question of how best to use our ridiculously brief time on the planet, which amounts on average to about four thousand weeks. 

Four Thousand Weeks is an uplifting, engrossing and deeply realistic exploration of the challenge. Rejecting the futile modern obsession with 'getting everything done,' it introduces readers to tools for constructing a meaningful life by embracing rather than denying their limitations. 

Drawing on the insights of both ancient and contemporary philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers, Oliver Burkeman sets out to realign our relationship with time - and in doing so, to liberate us from its tyranny. 

Embrace your limits. Change your life. Make your four thousand weeks count. 

The perfect read for anyone wanting to make the most of their year and achieve their 'new year, new you' goals. 

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This wise meditation on human transience strikes a perfect balance between self-help manual and philosophical odyssey – The Guardian

Life is short. What are you going to do about that? - The New York Times (Paywall)

'Life is finite. You don't have to fit everything in... Read this book and wake up to a new way of thinking and living' - Emma Gannon

'A much-needed reality check on our culture's crazy assumptions around work, productivity and living a meaningful life' - Mark Manson

'Comforting, fascinating, engaging, inspiring and USEFUL, actually genuinely useful' - Marian Keyes

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