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How to Live on 24 Hours a Day Paperback – July 1, 2007
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This book contains timeless advice about squeezing the most out of everyday life. Everything from training your brain to concentrate to living happily is discussed in full.
The book is short enough to be read in an hour or two (around 80 pages in length), and contains sufficient humor and conversational tone to make the read extremely enjoyable.
If you're looking for practical life advice to help improve your daily quality of life, you will find no better book than this.
Also: I read this book on the Kindle, and it was rendered perfectly. It is the full version of the book, and contains no weird issues (like some of the other free kindle books do).
I immediately downloaded it onto my kindle. It is a short book. I read it about an hour and a half, and I am a slow reader.
The author is British and the book was written in 1905. So by modern standards the advice it contains may seem a little harsh and paternalistic and the language somewhat stilted. But I really enjoyed the presentation compared to many modern politically correct but stylisticaly banal works. The humor is subtle but effective. The arguments are witty and thought-provoking and ultimately persuasive.
He begins with urging us to review our day and set aside time from outside our work hours, that we often waste by doing nothing, to do something truly worthwile. He recommends literature and the arts for building self and character but acknowledges that if one truly has no inclination towards these areas then they could do whatever else they enjoy that is interesting and mentally stimulating.
Besides the activity itself, though, he urges mental discipline and reflection. He stresses that the path to self-development is difficult and requires hard work and persistence. He warns against taking on too much to start with since that could result in failure and lowered self-esteem. He also cautions against going down the path only to become an insufferable prig looking down on everyone else.
While these are some of the bare-bones points he talks about, it is his language and style that makes the book such an enjoyable and inspiring read.
Time is a very funny thing; everyone gets the same amount per day. Rich people do not get more than poor people. It's not possible to go the store and buy time. Out of that 24 hours per day, everyone must carve out a life (marriage, family, work, hobbies, religion, etc).
This book was written in a time and place (England of the early 1900s) where everyone took the train to work. One of the author's suggestions is to use that time concentrating on one thing; it doesn't matter what it is. If your mind starts wandering, hook a leash to it and bring it back. I'm not sure how well this would work today, when everyone drives to work. You say you can't concentrate for very long? Having to give a big presentation at work, or final exams in school, does a wonderful job of focusing the mind.
Then comes the evening, after the reader has gotten home from work. If this book had been written today, the author might say that occasionally vegging out in front of the TV is not a bad thing, but don't be like the average American, who does it for several hours a day, every day. Take, say, two hours a night, three nights a week, for a total of six hours. Use that time to learn a subject about which the reader is passionate, a hobby or interest. The subject can be literally anything, from A to Z. If a big subject like history is chosen, it's allowable to narrow it down to, for instance, the French Revolution or the Vietnam War.Read more ›
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A quick perusal tells me this will be a good read. I've got so much to read. There is so much knowledge.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
After the first few pages it was ok. The concept of time though not new however it was well described.Published 2 months ago by HM
This book packs a lot in a few pages. Life changing.if you have the time or inclination read this to start living.Published 4 months ago by Chermaine E Fullinck
I wish I'd read this book 13 years ago and I'd if I should argue my teenage mind wouldn't tolerate it, I sell wish I'd read it 8 years ago. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Primadona
This book "hit the nail on the head". It was just what I was l looking for. Enjoyable and thought provoking without being preachy.Published 4 months ago by ANNETTE T.
Great hints for making the most of your precious daily allowance of 24 hours. It is very dated, however. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MamaC