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Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
Audiobook5 hours

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals

Written by Oliver Burkeman

Narrated by Oliver Burkeman

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars



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This program is read by the author.

"Burkeman and his irresistible British accent shifted my paradigm a couple centimeters . . . 'The day will never arrive when you have everything under control,' he calmly whispered in my ear, and I think I believed him." - Vulture

The philosophical tone of his delivery is perfect for [Burkeman's] thoughtful message: We can enjoy life more if we appreciate the present moment, stay in touch with our deeper selves, and nurture our connections with people and the natural world." - AudioFile Magazine

"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.
A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Editor's Note

Forget your to-do list…

“Four Thousand Weeks” offers uncomfortable truths about mortality and productivity. Basically, we’re all going to die and, in the end, it’s not going to matter whether we ever hit inbox zero or not. Burkeman’s philosophy might come off as a bit morbid, but it’s helpful if you find yourself wondering why the usual self-help tips and tricks aren’t working for you or if you struggle to be present.

Release dateAug 10, 2021
Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals

Oliver Burkeman

Oliver Burkeman is a feature writer for The Guardian. He is a winner of the Foreign Press Association's Young Journalist of the Year Award and has been short-listed for the Orwell Prize. He wrote a popular weekly column on psychology, "This Column Will Change Your Life," and has reported from New York, London, and Washington, D.C. His books include Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals and The Antidote: Happiness for People who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking. He lives in New York City.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    A little gem! Beautifully narrated with tons of wisdom nuggets to feast on and ponder.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Superb perspective on time management , one if the best books listened recently. Thanks
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    The last chapter and ending was the best part. The rest of the book felt like a pretty average self help/ life book sort of thing. Overall it was fine but had to trudge through the middle a lot
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Amazing. I feel truly lighter after listening to this book.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Lots of known concepts that I read from other books such as Subtle Art but a good summary. I liked the language used
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    A human life is short, do not wait or fear. Live and love now and expect it to be imperfectly perfect. Freeing but scary message that The James Webb Space Telescope images certainly bring home — we are made of star-stuff but just a tiny-tiny speck of it. Accept that you, your love interest, your family, your work, your hobbies, your friends and everything else is going to be good-enough, so get on with it.