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Oliver Burkeman

Autor(a) de Four Thousand Weeks

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Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
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London, England, UK
Brooklyn, New York, USA
University of Cambridge
Tina Bennett (Bennett Literary)
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Oliver Burkeman by Jeff Mikkelson

Oliver Burkeman is a writer for The Guardian based in Brooklyn, New York. His latest book, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking (Canongate 2013), explores the upsides of negativity, uncertainty, failure and imperfection. Each week in The Guardian he writes about social psychology, self-help culture, productivity and the science of happiness. His is also the author of HELP! How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done (Canongate, 2011).




I've been experiencing a lot of existential angst of late. Thinking about my own mortality, my limited time on this earth, my desire to make an impact and leave behind a legacy... all of this has been causing me a ton of anxiety. So I picked up Four Thousand Weeks hoping to find a new way of thinking about how to make the most of the time I have left.

While Burkeman does a stellar job of addressing our obsession with productivity from a philosophical and psychological standpoint, the book doesn't offer as much practical advice as I was hoping for. With 13 pages of notes and an 8-page index, Four Thousand Weeks is obviously well-researched. Yet, as I read, what little advice I found only rehashed the stuff I'd come across in every other time management book: "do the important things first," "be okay with not being great at everything," "do the next right thing," etc.

That's not to say Burkeman's book doesn't have merit. Far from it. But for all of Burkeman's claims that this is a different kind of time management book, in the end, it sits comfortably alongside "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" by Mark Manson and "Atomic Habits" by James Clear.

Reading Four Thousand Weeks won't revolutionize your daily life, but it could help you reconsider what's truly worth your time.
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Elizabeth_Cooper | outras 46 resenhas | Apr 8, 2024 |
This book took me by surprise. For some reason I thought this was strictly a time management book. Turns out it's time management fused with philosophy and sprinkled with a little psychology. The message isn't how to adjust your schedule so you can fit more things in your "4000 weeks" on this planet, but *what* to fill your "4000 weeks" with. Very powerful message.

I checked out the audio book from the library knowing I had the physical copy at home, but wanted to listen to it during my morning commute. The problem is that there were so many gems of wisdom that I wanted to digest, I ended up going back through the physical copy to put a book dart next to some of them. But now I need to re-read the physical copy to make sure I captured them all.… (mais)
teejayhanton | outras 46 resenhas | Mar 22, 2024 |
By page 5 I had decided that I needed to return my library copy and buy both the audiobook and a print copy of this, and was recommending it to friends. The title may mislead you; it's really the anti-Productivity(tm) book; it's about limits and mortality and recognizing that you're actually human. Bonus points for reading this book while family members are going through potentially life-or-death medical issues.

After I read this, I went back and put tabs on pages I'd highlighted or written notes on or wanted to remember, and the book now looks like a peacock in full bloom. There's good stuff everywhere in here.

If simplicity, difficulty-practicing-mindfulness, Zen and Jung are your bag, you'll extra-love this.
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patl | outras 46 resenhas | Feb 29, 2024 |
A scary but also thought-provoking and beautiful book. More philosophy than self-help. I found part I very depressing, and then part II delighted me. It reminded me of a whole bunch of other books:
- [b:How to Be Idle|623922|How to Be Idle|Tom Hodgkinson|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1388368701l/623922._SX50_.jpg|1768914], which is less serious and much more funny, but has similar themes
- [b:Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams|287818|Refuse to Choose! Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams|Barbara Sher|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1441675545l/287818._SY75_.jpg|279246], which in contrast encourages you not to choose
- [b:The Pocket Pema Chodron|3154342|The Pocket Pema Chodron|Pema Chödrön|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1355185657l/3154342._SY75_.jpg|3185925] about being comfortable with being uncomfortable
- [b:The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times|56268863|The Book of Hope A Survival Guide for Trying Times|Jane Goodall|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1632157501l/56268863._SY75_.jpg|87660069] which has the opposite premise of the last chapter, namely that being hopeful and concentrating on the future is essential for not getting depressed by current world events.
- books about creativity and showing up to make art, such as [b:The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity|615570|The Artist's Way A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity|Julia Cameron|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1440952332l/615570._SX50_.jpg|2210934] and [b:Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative|13099738|Steal Like an Artist 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative|Austin Kleon|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1404576602l/13099738._SX50_.jpg|18272194]
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jd7h | outras 46 resenhas | Feb 18, 2024 |


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