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Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals Hardcover – August 10, 2021
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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"Provocative and appealing . . . well worth your extremely limited time." ―Barbara Spindel, The Wall Street Journal
The average human lifespan is absurdly, insultingly brief. Assuming you live to be eighty, you have just over four thousand weeks.
Nobody needs telling there isn’t enough time. We’re obsessed with our lengthening to-do lists, our overfilled inboxes, work-life balance, and the ceaseless battle against distraction; and we’re deluged with advice on becoming more productive and efficient, and “life hacks” to optimize our days. But such techniques often end up making things worse. The sense of anxious hurry grows more intense, and still the most meaningful parts of life seem to lie just beyond the horizon. Still, we rarely make the connection between our daily struggles with time and the ultimate time management problem: the challenge of how best to use our four thousand weeks.
Drawing on the insights of both ancient and contemporary philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers, Oliver Burkeman delivers an entertaining, humorous, practical, and ultimately profound guide to time and time management. Rejecting the futile modern fixation on “getting everything done,” Four Thousand Weeks introduces readers to tools for constructing a meaningful life by embracing finitude, showing how many of the unhelpful ways we’ve come to think about time aren’t inescapable, unchanging truths, but choices we’ve made as individuals and as a society―and that we could do things differently.
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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"In addition to whatever help it might offer, Four Thousand Weeks is also just good company; it addresses large, even existential, issues with a sense of humor and an even-keeled perspective. I found that reading it―Burkeman might balk at this particular way of describing it―was a good use of my time." ―John Williams, The New York Times
"Provocative and appealing . . . Well worth your extremely limited time." ―Barbara Spindel,The Wall Street Journal
"Burkeman is the self-help writer for people like me who find self-help books oversold on magical transformations . . . Four Thousand Weeks is full of such sage and sane advice, delivered with dry wit and a benevolent tone." ―Joe Moran, The Guardian (UK)
“Four Thousand Weeks will challenge and amuse you. And it may even spur you on to change your life.” ―Robbie Smith, Evening Standard (UK)
"[Four Thousand Weeks] is perfectly pitched somewhere between practical self-help book and philosophical quest . . . As with all the best quests, its many pleasures don't require a fast-forward button, but happen along the way." ―Tim Adams, The Observer (UK)
"Subtle, provocative, and multi-layered . . . Four Thousand Weeks offers many wise pointers to a happier, less stress-filled life, with none of the usual smug banalities of the self-help genre." ―Craig Brown, The Daily Mail (UK)
"This book is wonderful. Instead of offering new tips on how to cram more into your day, it questions why we feel the need to . . . My favorite kind of book is this one―a book that doesn't offer magic solutions to life because there aren't any. Instead, it examines the human struggle with intelligence, wisdom, humor, and humility . . . Reading this book was time well spent." ―Marianne Power, The Times (UK)
"I have long loved Oliver Burkeman's wise and witty journalism that both interrogates and elevates the 'self-help' realm―revealing its possibilities for absurdity while honoring the deeper human impulses that it meets. Four Thousand Weeks is a splendid offering in that spirit. This book is at once sobering and refreshing on all that is truly at stake in what we blithely refer to as 'time management.' It invites nothing less than a new relationship with time―and with life itself." ―Krista Tippett, host of On Being
"A wonderfully honest book, Four Thousand Weeks is a much-needed reality check on our culture's crazy assumptions around work, productivity and living a meaningful life." ―Mark Manson, bestselling author of Everything is F*cked and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
“This is the most important book ever written about time management. Oliver Burkeman offers a searing indictment of productivity hacking and profound insights on how to make the best use of our scarcest, most precious resource. His writing will challenge you to rethink many of your beliefs about getting things done―and you’ll be wiser because of it.” ―Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of WorkLife
“Four Thousand Weeks is a book to read and re-read, to absorb and reflect on. Compassionate, funny and wise, it has not left my mind since I read it. The modern world teaches us to pretend to be immortal―this book is a dip in the cold, clear waters of reality, returning us refreshed and alive.” ―Naomi Alderman, author of The Power
“We all know our time is limited. What we don’t know―but what Oliver Burkeman is here to teach us―is that our control over that time is also limited. This profound (and often hilarious) book will prompt you to rethink your worship of efficiency, reject the cult of busyness, and reconfigure your life around what truly matters.” ―Daniel H. Pink, author of When, Drive, and To Sell is Human
“Oliver Burkeman provides an important and insightful reassessment of productivity. The drive to get more done can become an excuse to avoid figuring out what we actually want to accomplish. Only by confronting this latter question can we unlock a calmer, more meaningful, more resilient approach to organizing our time.” ―Cal Newport, New York Times bestselling author of A World Without Email and Deep Work
"Insightful . . . Burkeman’s thoughtful, reassuring analysis will be a welcome balm to readers feeling overwhelmed by the (perhaps unrealistic) demands of life." ―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 10, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0374159122
- ISBN-13 : 978-0374159122
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #5 in Personal Time Management
- #27 in Philosophy (Books)
- #42 in Happiness Self-Help
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Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2022
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He uses universal truths on time based on insights from history, philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers; current and ancient Oliver offers an alternative way to look at time management. It’s heavily researched and referenced, with 13 notes pages and 8 pages of index.
He does this via many stories, history, and examples in dense sentences. It can be funny, engaging, and at times tedious.
The gist is “Finitude.” We have limited time. Four Thousand weeks if you live to be 80 years old. His premise is that to become empowered; you must accept the limitations and lack of control over your life. . You accomplish more of what matters and is meaningful to you. The book ends with ten tools to help you embrace your Finitude. The rest of the book is a journey to prove it, entertain you, and inspire you.
This is his journey and justification for his life. Much of it I can relate to. I, too, was a productivity junkie and taught project management. I found some places where I disagreed or didn’t have the challenges he had to overcome or differently. I was mentally arguing with him as I was reading. He comes across as a bit of an intellectual snob to me. He doesn’t seem to like “self-help,” yet this is what the book is about. He uses romance novelist Danielle Steele as an unhealthy example of time management and Rod Stewart as a good example. There are long winding sentences. There were a few words I had to look up the meaning.
I used this book for a book group, and there is something for everyone in this book.
Better in combination with the sam harris waking up app
As a believer in the Gospel of Jesus, and as one who hopes in a better tomorrow as a result, I see ways that my view of time and the way I spend it—and especially the way I feel about its passing and all the things I realize I will never get to do—run against that hope and against being truly grateful for the person God intends me to be (i.e., my finiteness). Such refusal at some level to accept and live within my limits can rob us of much joy and peace.
I especially appreciate the thoughts on productivity and on procrastination. These have been especially helpful and even liberating for me.
Having written what I mentioned above, this book is not written from a Christian perspective, though it does resonate with the book of Ecclesiastes, which looks at life from a perspective of life without God in the picture. Those looking for such will find it echoed here. But to get the whole picture and the verdict thereof, I recommend the latter.
I thank Mr. Burkeman for writing this book, and for sharing his insights with us. It bears my re-reading it again, with enjoyment.
Instead, I was very surprised to find that the very idea of "using the time we have" is something to be argued *against*. The author says -- over and over -- that there is no point in trying to control time, and any attempt to do so is a willful blindness to the fact that our lives are finite. Instead, he argues, we should live in the moment, embracing our cosmic insignificance (there is a whole chapter on this!) because nothing we do will matter in the end anyway.
It's definitely true that we cannot control time, and that would be a fine way to unwind the arguments in the book, except the author takes "controlling time" and takes it to mean any kind of plans a person might make to put their lives in order. The author misses the point that plenty of people try to put their lives in order, to decide in advance through careful thinking just exactly what matters most to them and then planning out what projects they take on and what tasks they will focus on in certain times of the day, precisely *because* their lives are finite and they don't want to waste them. Instead, those people would be branded by this book as delusional, holding a hyperinflated view of their own significance, and foolish.
It's clear that the author has run afoul of toxic productivity gurus who preach unrealistic life hacks to people while promising control over time. But this book is an overcorrection, applying straw men arguments and reheated Epicurean philosophy in a repetitive way that unfortunately makes it very hard to hear a useful message.
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Small teasing, it won't give any special tips to be overproductive.
By bringing philosophical & historical inputs, the author explains that time is limited for everyone and only is responsible for it.
Time is limited, so you must do what will make you happy.
It made me realize I was trying so hard to do everything that I ended up doing nothing.
I am more focused on doing during my working time and enjoying my family time.
I strongly advise reading that book for everyone. From students to retirees.
But don’t expect to get the perfect toolbox for time management because it’s not what the book is about.
For not English natives like me, it’s complicated to read initially.
I had to google tons of first-read words :D.
A book with newer words (easier to read) will be great for non-English natives.
Il est en anglais, mais en étant à l'aise avec l'anglais (je ne suis pas bilingue), il se comprend très bien. Le début est un peu fastidieux (le fond est intéressant mais la forme et le fait que ce soit en anglais rend la lecture plus difficile) mais le reste se lit sans problème.
Bonne lecture :)
Reviewed in France 🇫🇷 on October 23, 2021
All the advice in this book is sensible. Rational advice requires rational application, but remorse and anxiety are states of mind tied to our emotional self. Therein lies the problem, but most of us, once appraised of the acute problem, should be able to inculcate the habits that help us control the emotional states that hinders our enjoyment of the present.
The advice and tips found in this book steer us to pay attention to the pleasure of enjoying the things we do on the basis of the joy in doing them, and not as a means to an end. We should run for the enjoyment of running and not because need have imposed a target of losing five kilogrammes of weight, or that we may become healthy through exercise.
Properly understood, correctly practised, one will probably discover why we have not been happier in the past – but that will be in the past. Enjoy.