Oliver Burkeman is the author of Four Thousand Weeks, a book that offers the most interesting perspective on how to manage your time that I’ve ever heard. He was a columnist for the Guardian newspaper for twenty years.
The key lesson of Oliver’s book is what prioritisation really means. Make a list of the twenty-five things you want to do in your life, and then forget items 6-25, try and carve out some time every single day to work on your passion. It seems simple, but if it was more people would do it.
We fill our lives with busywork in order to distract ourselves from the reality that our time is running out. This shocking insight is the key to understanding Oliver’s unique approach to achieve focus, and you might just gain some perspective along the way.
Why do you write about happiness?
Happiness and meaning
Embracing our limits
Why do we put our happiness on the future?
Pursuit of efficiency
Living up to your external reputation
How to prioritise
The water melon problem
Why self analysis is so important
Why do we purse ambition over happiness
We’re addicted to the speed of life
Embracing small changes
Embracing our irrelevance
A question from your book
The last guest question
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