Four Thousand Weeks: Time and How to Use It – Or, how to be good to yourself

Oliver Burkeman thinks we should ease up on ‘to-do lists’ and let go of our urge for control

Brooklyn-based author Oliver Burkeman’s thesis will simultaneously annoy new-age spiritualists and contemporary moral philosophers

Brooklyn-based author Oliver Burkeman’s thesis will simultaneously annoy new-age spiritualists and contemporary moral philosophers

So many books cry for your attention. If something is not a “must-read”, it an “urgent” or else “necessary” work. “If you read one thing this season . . . ” reviewers gush. Well, here’s something for Oliver Burkeman to put on his latest book: Don’t read this book now. Read it whenever. Or never. Never is fine too. The bottom line is you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself. 

That’s the only recommendation one can give to stay faithful to Burkeman’s philosophy. A wise and humane philosophy it is too, because the Brooklyn-based author, best known for his erudite but accessible articles for the Guardian, wants you to stop being a slave to “to-do lists” and, more profoundly, to let go of your urge for control. 

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