Four Thousand Weeks

Oliver Burkeman


January 2023




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What's It About?

What if you stopped trying to do everything, so that you could finally get round to what counts?

We're obsessed with our lengthening to-do lists, our overfilled inboxes, the struggle against distraction, and the sense that our attention spans are shrivelling.

Still, we rarely make the connection between our daily struggles with time and the ultimate time management problem: the question of how best to use our ridiculously brief time on the planet, which amounts on average to about four thousand weeks.

Four Thousand Weeks is an uplifting, engrossing and deeply realistic exploration of the challenge. Rejecting the futile modern obsession with 'getting everything done,' it 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.

Sunday Times bestseller


Why We Chose It:

"Oliver Burkeman offers a searing indictment of productivity hacking and profound insights on how to make the best use of our scarcest, most previous resource"

- Adam Grant, author of Think Again

"Wonderfully honest... a much-needed reality check on our culture's craziest assumptions around work, productivity and living a meaningful life"

- Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

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