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Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals

Four Thousand Weeks is a productivity book without any productivity. Or rather, it's a book for people who want to be productive, leading them towards a more happy and equanimous existence: realizing that life is indeed short, and we'll never get everything done. Burkeman offers another way to look at productivity and time management — you must accept limitations, and should focus on what is actually deeply meaningful for you.

I enjoyed the read and it resonated with me. Far more philosophical, but similar direction as It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work.


These are entirely subjective, and roughly try to capture my personal enjoyment and usefulness, and how likely I'd recommend it to others. Don't read too much into this unless you love my judgement. Rough guidelines:

A: Top quartile. Changed the way I think about something.

B: Worthwhile. I took away something useful.

C: Didn't hit, wouldn't directly recommend. Likely won't revisit.

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