Book: Four Thousand Weeks

Book: Four Thousand Weeks

A friend recommended Oliver Burkeman's book Four Thousand Weeks to me. I just finished it last week and I'm glad I took the suggestion!

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
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Don't be fooled: The book is more an exploration of philosophy and mindset than it is a book about time management practices. This is a good thing.

“We’ve been granted the mental capacities to make almost infinitely ambitious plans, yet practically no time at all to put them into action.”
― Oliver Burkeman, Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals

Why it hit home

In the late 2000's and early 2010's I was a productivity junkie. I would seek out, test, and share life hacks, apps, and all sorts of systems, then share it forward to others.

I shared through blogging, writing, and podcasting about productivity, though those pursuits evolved over time. I went from a "you can get more done" mindset to a "give space to focus on important things" mindset.

The former approach had led me to burnout and a methodical journey to bring myself into balance. For several years now I've been much better at striking this balance, though certainly not perfect 😁

Four Thousand Weeks was an affirmation of many choices I've made along that journey. It also put words to concepts that I wish I would have had much earlier in the process. Still, the book was satisfying and prompted some active thinking time on some new concepts as well.

Matt's rating: 👍 Recommended

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