By ROBIN POWELL
There’s nothing quite like the start of a new year to focus our minds on the passage of time. It’s an annual reminder that life is short, and that, as each year passes, we’re running out of that most precious commodity, time, to do the things we want to do. How, then, can we make the most of however much time we each have left? Author Oliver Burkeman addresses that question in a book called Four Thousand Weeks, which takes its name from the approximate length of a typical human lifespan.
The book turns the whole concept of time management on its head. Any attempt to master your time, Burkeman explains, is futile: you simply won’t have enough time to do all of the things you aim to achieve.
“The day will never arrive,” he writes, “when you finally have everything under control… and when the fully optimised person you’ve become can turn, at long last, to the things life is really supposed to be about. Let’s start by admitting defeat: none of this is ever going to happen.”
The logical solution, Burkeman contends in Four Thousand Weeks, is to accept that harsh reality and to alter your approach to life instead.
in my latest article for rockwealth, I set out seven changes you can make to your mindset, which, the author says, can help you to lead a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management or Mortals, by Oliver Burkeman, is published by Vintage Publishing.
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Robin Powell and Jonathan Hollow wrote their new book, How to Fund the Life you Want, with the intention of changing lives for the better.
They want to people to think about what they really want from life, and to ask themselves questions like, “What is truly important to me?”, and “How do I want to spend whatever time I have left?” Oddly enough, these are issues that many of us just don’t get round to thinking or talking about.
Robin and Jonathan then want people to connect whatever answers people come up with to money, and to start make plans for the future.
The book is published by Bloomsbury and is primarily aimed at a UK audience.