Four Thousand Weeks (Hardback)
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Four Thousand Weeks (Hardback)

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Published: 26/08/2021

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The pioneering author of Help! and The Antidote takes a highly entertaining and eye-opening look at our time on earth – roughly the four thousand weeks of the title – and explores how best we can use them, with a little help from history’s great philosophers, authors and artists.

What if you stopped trying to do everything, so that you could finally get round to what counts?

We're obsessed with our lengthening to-do lists, our overfilled inboxes, the struggle against distraction, and the sense that our attention spans are shrivelling. Still, we rarely make the connection between our daily struggles with time and the ultimate time management problem: the question of how best to use our ridiculously brief time on the planet, which amounts on average to about four thousand weeks.

Four Thousand Weeks is an uplifting, engrossing and deeply realistic exploration of the challenge. Rejecting the futile modern obsession with 'getting everything done,' it introduces readers to tools for constructing a meaningful life by embracing rather than denying their limitations. And it shows how 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. Its many revelations will transform the reader's worldview.

Drawing on the insights of both ancient and contemporary philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers, Oliver Burkeman sets out to realign our relationship with time - and in doing so, to liberate us from its tyranny.

Embrace your limits. Change your life. Make your four thousand weeks count.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781847924018
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 407 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 28 mm


This book is wonderful. Instead of offering new tips on how to cram more into your day, it questions why we feel the need to ... My favourite kind of book is this one ... it examines the human struggle with intelligence, wisdom, humour and humility. - Marianne Power, The Times

Perfectly pitched somewhere between practical self-help book and philosophical quest ... as with all the best quests, its many pleasures don't require a fast-forward button, but happen along the way - Tim Adams, Observer

Life is finite. You don't have to fit everything in. Enjoy your life. Breathe out. Read this book and wake up to a new way of thinking and living - Emma Gannon, author of The Multi-Hyphen Method

A wonderfully honest book, Four Thousand Weeks is a much-needed reality check on our culture's crazy assumptions around work, productivity and living a meaningful life - Mark Manson, bestselling author of Everything is Fcked and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck

His book will challenge and amuse you. And it may even spur you on to change your life. At the very least reading it would be a good use of one of your four thousand weeks - Robbie Smith, Evening Standard

I loved this book - it's a celebration of all that is most human: a deep dive into the value and potency of our finitude. Where we might buckle under pressure and uncertainty, Oliver quietly restores our centre of gravity within. You'll emerge from his writing fortified by wonder - Derren Brown

A beautiful, uplifting read. Reading Oliver Burkeman, I feel my shoulders relax and my mouth curl into a smile of admiration. Witty, modest and refreshingly sane - Robert Webb, author of How Not to Be a Boy

Comforting, fascinating, engaging, inspiring and USEFUL, actually genuinely useful - Marian Keyes

Oliver Burkeman provides an important and insightful reassessment of productivity. The drive to get more done can become an excuse to avoid figuring out what we actually want to accomplish. Only by confronting this latter question can we unlock a calmer, more meaningful, more resilient approach to organizing our time - Cal Newport, bestselling author of A World Without Email and Deep Work

We all know our time is limited. What we don't know - but what Oliver Burkeman is here to teach us - is that our control over that time is also limited. This profound (and often hilarious) book will prompt you to rethink your worship of efficiency, reject the cult of busyness, and reconfigure your life around what truly matters - Daniel H. Pink, author of When, Drive, and To Sell is Human

This is the most important book ever written about time management. Oliver Burkeman offers a searing indictment of productivity hacking and profound insights on how to make the best use of our scarcest, most precious resource. His writing will challenge you to rethink many of your beliefs about getting things done-and you'll be wiser because of it - Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of WorkLife

I have long loved Oliver Burkeman's wise and witty journalism that both interrogates and elevates the 'self-help' realm-revealing its possibilities for absurdity while honoring the deeper human impulses that it meets. Four Thousand Weeks is a splendid offering in that spirit. This book is at once sobering and refreshing on all that is truly at stake in what we blithely refer to as 'time management.' It invites nothing less than a new relationship with time-and with life itself - Krista Tippett, host of On Being

Four Thousand Weeks is a book to read and re-read, to absorb and reflect on. Compassionate, funny and wise, it has not left my mind since I read it. The modern world teaches us to pretend to be immortal-this book is a dip in the cold, clear waters of reality, returning us refreshed and alive - Naomi Alderman, author of The Power

Peppered with good stories... Subtle, provocative and multi-layered... Offers many wise pointers to a happier, less stress-filled life, with none of the usual smug banalities of the self-help genre... Happy days! - Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

Four Thousand Weeks is full of such sage and sane advice, delivered with dry wit and a benevolent tone. I didn't wish back any of the time I spent reading it - Joe Moran, Guardian

A fantastic, warm, clever book - Kate Mosse

Terrific - Derren Brown, The Times

Every so often you read a book that so profoundly shifts your thinking that you feel indebted with gratitude to the author. Utterly brilliant - Yasmin Khan

So easy to read that I finished it in one sitting... I'll probably never organise my time so well again - Henry Mance, Financial Times, Books of the Year*

I seldom read self-help books, but Oliver Burkeman's Four Thousand Weeks is in a class of its own - James Wilsdon, Research Professional News, Books of the Year*

Oliver Burkeman introduces Four Thousand Weeks


Oliver Burkeman introduces his brilliant book about making the most of our time and shares his three top tips.

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“Thought provoking”

A self help book that requires you to stop and evaluate your time and look at everything you cram into it. He points out that if you live to 80 you have four thousand weeks to time manage. I loved his views on the... More

Hardback edition
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“Some interesting points and tips”

The book starts with the scary premise that typically we only have about four thousand weeks on this earth. Saying that is not surprising we struggle to fit everything in!
An interesting read, although I found all the... More

Hardback edition
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“A really thought-provoking read”

Thanks so much to Vintage for letting me read Four Thousand Weeks. This is a time management book that focuses not on productivity hacks or mastering your time, but about accepting the fact that your hours are... More

Hardback edition
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