4000 weeks – this is the average human lifespan (in Western industrialized countries). Author Oliver Berkman’s message: Life is short. He explains that this is no cause for concern. There is enough time to do the things that matter to you. Provided you adhere to a few basic rules.
However, anyone who expects tips and tricks for successful time management is wrong. “4000 Weeks” is more of an alternative to the classic guide to self-improvers. Time management is about being more productive, which means getting more things done in less time. British journalist Berkman has long been addicted to this “productivity frenzy”. But this leads to a dead end, he is convinced of this today.
First, according to the author, we have to accept that our lives are finite and that we can never achieve everything we plan to do. Then you need to decide how you want to use your limited life. It is often comforting to see that you cannot achieve everything, you have to commit.
Back to deep time
“4000 Weeks” then deals in detail with the phenomenon of time and the question of how our sense of time has changed in recent centuries. The author considers a return to “deep time” desirable: a perception that arises when we complete tasks without letting ourselves be driven by the clock and completely absorbed in what we are doing. This includes realizing that you cannot “save” time because two more tasks are usually added to one completed task.
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