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Time Management for Mortals

14 December 2021

Santa arrived a week early at the Ward house and I am thoroughly enjoying my new kindle and have devoured Four Thousand Weeks, Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman.

It’s a time management book unlike no other. Burkeman writes that the average human lifespan is absurdly, insultingly brief. Assuming you live to be eighty, you have just over four thousand weeks.

This book won’t offer productivity or time management hacks but it is an an entertaining, humorous, practical, and ultimately profound guide to time and making choices.

If you’re looking for a good holiday read as you ponder your goals for 2022, this book will offer “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.”

If you want to listen or read a chapter titled Cosmic Insignificance Therapy, you’ll find it on the Tim Ferris show.

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