Four Thousand Weeks

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The average human lifespan is absurdly, outrageously, insultingly brief: if you live to 80, you have about four thousand weeks on earth. How should we use them best? Of course, nobody needs telling that there isn’t enough time. We’re obsessed by our lengthening to-do lists, our overfilled inboxes, the struggle against distraction, and the sense that our attention spans are shrivelling. Yet we rarely make the conscious connection that these problems only trouble us in the first place thanks to the ultimate time-management problem: the challenge of how best to use our four thousand weeks. ‘Four Thousand Weeks’ is an uplifting, engrossing and deeply realistic exploration of this problem.

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**The instant Sunday Times bestseller**

Battling an overfilled inbox?
Your ever-lengthening to-do lists?
Struggling against distraction?
What if you tried to stop doing everything, so you could finally get round to what counts?

If you live to 80, you’ll have barely more than four thousand weeks on earth. How will you decide how to spend them?

Rejecting the futile modern obsession with ‘getting everything done,’ Four Thousand Weeks 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.

**A FINANCIAL TIMES, GUARDIAN AND OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR**

‘Life is finite. You don’t have to fit everything in… Read this book and wake up to a new way of thinking and living’
EMMA GANNON

‘Wonderful. Instead of offering new tips on how to cram more into your day, it questions why we feel the need to’
THE TIMES

‘Every sentence is riven with gold’
CHRIS EVANS

‘Comforting, fascinating, engaging, inspiring and useful’
MARIAN KEYES

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Additional information

Weight 0.204 kg
Dimensions 19.7 × 12.8 × 1.8 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

288

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

115 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K