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Oliver Burkeman is a British author and journalist, formerly writing the weekly column This Column Will Change Your Life, for the newspaper The Guardian. He is also author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Psychologies.
In this book, Burkeman offers a somewhat counterintuitive guide to time and time management. He sets aside efficiency solutions and argues instead for reflectively embracing the brevity of human life and finding joy in the present moment of “doing with conviction the next and most necessary thing…”
Drawing on the insights of philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers, Burkeman provides humorous, practical insights into time, rejecting the modern fixation on “getting everything done.” The book argues that many of the ways we’ve come to think about time aren’t particularly helpful, or inescapable, unchanging truths – rather choices we’ve made as individuals and as a society, and he offers an alternative way of considering the issues.
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