📚 Meister Book Club: 4000 Weeks - Time Management for Mortals
Hi all! 👋 I wanted to try something a bit new here: I recently read a book on productivity and time management that I can't help but share with our community.
It's called "4000 Weeks: Time Management for Mortals" by Oliver Burkeman (German: 4000 Wochen: Das Leben ist zu kurz für Zeitmanagement)
I may not fully agree with 100% of the author's ideas, but I found his take on real-life productivity and "work-life balance" completely original, refreshing, and fascinating. To me, the book definitely belongs in any list of the classics of productivity self help!
A couple of the ideas I found really interesting:
The main overarching theme of the book is to take a classic goal of productivity and turn it on its head: Instead of providing productivity hacks to get everything done and reach the mythic status of "inbox zero", the author coaches us to "face finitude" and recognize that the modern inbox is never empty. According to the author, the true key to productivity is recognizing this inability to get things done and learn to prioritize by "saying no".
Maybe the most interesting part of the book was the author's deep dive into what "work-life balance" really is: Once we embrace the idea of not getting it all done and prioritizing our choices, the line between work life and personal life becomes blurred forever. In the end, being "productive" is actually about choosing to spend time wisely - this applies to work, friends, family, and any activity!
I'm not totally sure I agree with the everything in the book - personally, I am a huge productivity nerd who's always down to read the next lifehack. But I am definitely struck by how often prioritization and wise choices about how to spend our time is neglected in the mad rush to just GET IT DONE.
Anyways, this book has gotten me thinking about classic books in productivity. Since we've got so many experts in our community, I'd be interested to hear the books and resources you've found to be most useful and inspirational in your journey to true productivity. Let me know in the comments!
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