Four Thousand Weeks-Oliver Burkeman

This is an antidote to productivity books that promise ways to do more with less time. There are no life hacks in this book. Instead, Burkeman writes a philosophical treatise on what it means to live. You Will Die and Our Lives Are Brief and limited, so Any Decision Eliminates Others. The antidote to this is to Slow Down, Practise Doing Nothing and Embrace the Wonder of Being Alive. It’s a beautiful, funny but also wise book that made me reassess my relationship to productivity and stop trying to do everything. Reading it on a beach in Croatia helped of course.

Key Ideas


  • Accepting life how it is can stop the desire for change. Burkeman acknowledges this within the text but I think it needs more examination, especially on a social level. This is because Self Help Ignores Systemic Solutions.

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