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The average human lifespan is absurdly, outrageously, insultingly brief: if you live to 80, you have about 4,000 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 4,000 weeks.

Four Thousand Weeks is an uplifting, engrossing and deeply realistic exploration of this problem that draws on philosophy, literature and psychology to cover the past, present and future of our battles with time. It goes far beyond practical tips, and its many revelations will transform the listener's world view.

Drawing on the insights of ancient philosophers, Benedictine monks, artists and authors, Scandinavian social reformers, renegade Buddhist technologists and many others, Oliver Burkeman sets out to realign our relationship with time - and in doing so, to liberate us from its grasp.

©2021 Oliver Burkeman (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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One of the most meaningful things I have ever read

This boom landed at just the right time in my life, my son turning just two, and my joy of growing by the day.

I have said becoming a parent has been a dance with my former self. I seemed to be resisting what I meant to be a parent. I tried to do all things things, and be there all time time for my son. I set the impossible, as time does not relent.

The perspective on time this book has given me, is just the tonic I need to be the very person my son needs me to be.

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I will be listening to this again many times

I have always loved Oliver’s books but I think this is his best! A book full of wise gems.

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Well said

Relevant truths for a modern life imparted in a jovial manner. And easy yet deep read

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  • Murdho Savila
  • 19-10-2021

If I could read only one book for the rest of my life…

…then this book would be the one I’d choose.

Wonderful work, I can’t wait to start listening it again!

Very much enjoyed how the author has put in the work to really understand the subject and draw meaningful conclusions. And all of it in a nicely distilled fashion, without wasting reader’s time.

Seriously, this book is next level and you’re pretty much guaranteed to find a new perspective on your life.

My sincere thanks to the author for sharing your work with the world!

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  • valleywriter
  • 27-08-2021

Clever, thought-provoking and reassuring

I really enjoyed this audiobook. The author reads it really well, which only adds to the well-written and useful content. I also found it reassuring that the way I naturally find myself living my life is probably exactly right for me. I always felt a bit concerned that I could never follow the advice of productivity gurus; now I understand why!

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  • Dr Halsley
  • 30-08-2021

4000 weeks

I enjoyed this short little book. Burkeman makes a lot of good points and turns a few common conceptions of time and productivity on their heads. Just like the stoics, he argues that it is because of our finite time that our days are meaningful at all. Definitely give it a listen!

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  • Shaun Daly
  • 29-09-2021

Terrific!

As a failed self-improver for around 40 years, this was a strangely enjoyable tour through past pain and confusion, topped off with sound alternative advice to traditional time management at the end. I've 'read' almost 100 audiobooks over the last 18 months or so and this is my new favourite (just pipping "Ten Rules for Talking")

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  • tomasz sliwa
  • 15-10-2021

Great book. It will open your eyes.

It will open your eyes on your everyday interactions with others.
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  • 13-10-2021

Such a great read

Beautifully presented and narrated, very realistic and helpful at the same time in terms of really being kind with our time and ourselves.

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  • 10-10-2021

some very insightful points

Well.worth a listen. definitely helps you re prioritise. 4,000 weeks is not a long time

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  • Rachel Hart
  • 08-10-2021

Fascinating

I’ve always liked Oliver Burkeman’s approach. He draws on many different sources to explore angles on challenges in life. He explains complicated ideas clearly and relates them to life, which is thought-provoking. It’s a book to be listened to in episodes. Thoroughly recommend it.

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  • 06-10-2021

Life changing perspective

I’ve been searching for this book for years. I can’t say how much the topics covered have come at the right time for me. I listened to this book in 2 sittings and took copious notes through out. Rarely has a book resonated so much and I’m declaring it my favourite of the year which is high praise as I read similar themed books at a high turnover. Thank you Oliver for your research and insights!

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  • Mr. Cja Carr
  • 05-10-2021

A necessary book for our time

This book was recommended to me and I am recommending it to everyone. It is a fantastic evaluation of our relationship with time, how little of it we have and how much if it we squander.

Do you obsess about have an empty inbox? Are you concerned by career progression? Are you living your life for tomorrow? This book is for you, and you need to read it!

I wish this had been written 20 years ago!

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  • 04-10-2021

A soothing antidote the the usual self-help productivity drive

A soothing antidote the the usual self-help productivity drive.

Most books of this type, be the rooted in Stoicism or more modern approaches to betterment, tend to focus on everything that the reader is not doing- leaving a sense of shame and anxiousness at failures so far.

This book goes against the grain by instead looking at what we are already doing so well, grounding our aspirations within the finitude of our short lives, and espousing the message that life is good enough as it is and as we are.

Burkeman’s book is a much needed counter narrative to the 24/7 side-hustle generation and one

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