Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals

Written by:
Oliver Burkeman
Narrated by:
Oliver Burkeman

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2021
5 hours 54 minutes

This program is read by the author.

'Burkeman and his irresistible British accent shifted my paradigm a couple centimeters . . . 'The day will never arrive when you have everything under control,' he calmly whispered in my ear, and I think I believed him.' - Vulture

'The philosophical tone of his delivery is perfect for [Burkeman's] thoughtful message: We can enjoy life more if we appreciate the present moment, stay in touch with our deeper selves, and nurture our connections with people and the natural world.' - AudioFile Magazine

'Provocative and appealing . . . well worth your extremely limited time.' —Barbara Spindel, The Wall Street Journal

The average human lifespan is absurdly, insultingly brief. Assuming you live to be eighty, you have just over four thousand weeks.

Nobody needs telling there isn’t enough time. We’re obsessed with our lengthening to-do lists, our overfilled inboxes, work-life balance, and the ceaseless battle against distraction; and we’re deluged with advice on becoming more productive and efficient, and “life hacks” to optimize our days. But such techniques often end up making things worse. The sense of anxious hurry grows more intense, and still the most meaningful parts of life seem to lie just beyond the horizon. Still, we rarely make the connection between our daily struggles with time and the ultimate time management problem: the challenge of how best to use our four thousand weeks.

Drawing on the insights of both ancient and contemporary philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers, Oliver Burkeman delivers an entertaining, humorous, practical, and ultimately profound guide to time and time management. Rejecting the futile modern fixation on “getting everything done,” Four Thousand Weeks introduces readers to tools for constructing a meaningful life by embracing finitude, showing how many of the unhelpful ways we’ve come to think about time aren’t inescapable, unchanging truths, but choices we’ve made as individuals and as a society—and that we could do things differently.
A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Ekaterina M.

Fresh view on old problem. Very well written with clear message.

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Lauren H.

So much life wisdom here without the preachiness - I’ll be re-listening to this one for sure! All of the other time management and productivity books I’ve ever read failed to address the underlying, existential causes of our angst and human limitations, but Oliver Burkemann gets to the core of the issue right away and then provides much needed relief for all of us who feel overwhelmed. I feel liberated.

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Meredith C.

Amazing book. Great ways to think about your life and the world around you.

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Bruce K.

A truly remarkable book

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