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Four Thousand Weeks

Oliver Burkeman

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Bestselling author and former Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman provides an unconventional approach to time management by embracing the finitude of life and the fact that you can't actually do everything you might want to do.


Four Thousand Weeks

Four Thousand Weeks

by Oliver Burkeman


Many time management and productivity experts promise a life of peace and contentment that can come after using their techniques to do more, more efficiently, with better planned days, weeks, and years. But alleged time-saving technology and time management tricks rarely deliver on this promise, since the time they free up is only filled with yet more productivity, more demands, and more stress.

Oliver Burkeman is a journalist and author of the popular column This Column Will Change Your Life. In this book, Burkeman offers a better way of dealing with the time-induced stress of the modern world by embracing the limits of our finite lives.

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The average human lifespan is absurdly, terrifyingly, insultingly short. But that isn't a reason for unremitting despair, or for living in an anxiety-fueled panic about making the most of your limited time. It's a cause for relief.

- Oliver Burkeman

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