• Four Thousand Weeks

  • Time Management for Mortals
  • By: Oliver Burkeman
  • Narrated by: Oliver Burkeman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“This is the most important book ever written about time management.” 
—Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of WorkLife

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.

©2021 Oliver Burkeman (P)2021 Allen Lane

Critic Reviews

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
BRONZE MEDALIST FOR THE 2022 AXIOM BUSINESS BOOK AWARD FOR PERSONAL FINANCE / RETIREMENT PLANNING / INVESTING

“Burkeman’s work could sit comfortably on a shelf next to the books published by Alain de Botton’s School of Life, literary-flavored advice on love, friendship, work and other conundrums. . . . “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.” ―The New York Times 

“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 

“Provocative and appealing . . . The discipline of time management has historically been concerned with maximizing productivity and efficiency, but Mr. Burkeman imbues it with existential weight . . . Mr. Burkeman is funny and engaging, and Four Thousand Weeks is an enjoyable, insightful, and occasionally profound book, one well worth your extremely limited time.” ―The Wall Street Journal

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I started this book expecting a precise method of how to get everything done and fulfill all my life goals. And finished the book with an astonishing (wonderfully freeing) perspective on my entire life.

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an absolute must for those who never have time

this book is very well research
lots of great personal and international examples
changed good I think about efficiency
changed my mind about going back to the office
just read it

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A shifting perspective

The author has used a technique that invites the listener to stay with the author's analysis- right up to the point of reaching a decision or a choice he should make; then "out of the blue" he changes the ground rules and introduces or withholds an action or inaction that is either contrary or at least not exactly congruent with the heretofore assessment. It is a verbal "sleight of hand" that causes the reader to doubt the author's forthrightness. It is cleverly done, but it leaves me wondering about the author's intent. As his story progresses, the author proves to be quite elusive and perhaps self-delusional.