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Four Thousand Weeks

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Oliver Burkeman

The contemporary perspective on time often emphasizes the futile pursuit of mastering it. However, it is possible to break free from this mindset ingrained in our culture. Instead of constantly battling against our inherent human limitations, like procrastination, distractions, and the challenge of fully embracing the present moment, we can choose a different approach. By acknowledging these limitations as part of our nature, we can learn to work with them rather than against them. In doing so, we can come to terms with our mortality and lead a meaningful life. Embrace the use of simplistic or specialized technology. Digital distractions often captivate us because they provide an enticing means of evading the constraints imposed by our limitations. To counteract this inclination, it is beneficial to minimize the allure of our smartphones. This can be achieved by removing social media applications and enabling grayscale mode in the accessibility settings. Additionally, utilizing technology that is designed for a particular purpose can prove advantageous. For instance, you'll be able to focus better if you read books using an e-reader rather than your smartphone.

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hashtagpsychology
hashtagmanagement
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Four Thousand Weeks examines time management in a new light while presenting arguments on the shortness of life and how our efforts at optimizing time aren’t always positive and productive. With inspiration from ancient and contemporary philosophers, spiritual leaders, and psychologists, it explains what it means to lead a fulfilling life while acknowledging one's limitations.

Book summary

The contemporary perspective on time often emphasizes the futile pursuit of mastering it. However, it is possible to break free from this mindset ingrained in our culture. Instead of constantly battling against our inherent human limitations, like procrastination, distractions, and the challenge of fully embracing the present moment, we can choose a different approach. By acknowledging these limitations as part of our nature, we can learn to work with them rather than against them. In doing so, we can come to terms with our mortality and lead a meaningful life. Embrace the use of simplistic or specialized technology. Digital distractions often captivate us because they provide an enticing means of evading the constraints imposed by our limitations. To counteract this inclination, it is beneficial to minimize the allure of our smartphones. This can be achieved by removing social media applications and enabling grayscale mode in the accessibility settings. Additionally, utilizing technology that is designed for a particular purpose can prove advantageous. For instance, you'll be able to focus better if you read books using an e-reader rather than your smartphone.

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It’s time to accept that we’ll never be the masters of time.

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Get better at procrastinating by focusing on only a few goals at once.

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Distractions can be more than they seem.

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Don't live for the future but for the present.

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Spend time with loved ones or engage in hobbies to enjoy the advantages of leisure time.

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