I just finished Oliver Burkeman’s 4000 Weeks.
I thought it was excellent. Even though sometimes I felt judged (in a gentle way — as he argues effectively that the idea of ‘controlling one’s time’ is futile and likely backfires), I also felt seen. Life is finite. There is no arguing with that. We can’t do everything – or even close. Accepting that and applying our limited time supply to things that matter to us is the best we can do.
Even though I still yearn to do more things than comfortably fit some days, this book really made me question my true priorities. I also loved the idea of deciding what to fail at.
Finally, even though one might argue that my planning tendencies go against some of the principles in the book, at the end he talked about keeping two lists : one of everything (that you basically ignore), and one of a finite number of things that you will bring your attention to now. This is the essence of my “nested goals” system – you can’t do everything in a day / week / month / quintile / etc — so pull a finite list of things to focus on, and ignore the rest. I think he would approve of my morning planning ritual as long as I stop myself from adding a list of 348 things to accomplish in 24 hours.
Highly recommend this book – probably the best non-fiction/personal development title I read all year.
On a semi-related note, after watching the Amanda’s Favorites review video, I ordered the JMB Living Journal to review for the pod (and fine, because I just wanted to see it / try it!). If there was ever a planner that exudes coziness and intentionality, this is it.
So maybe my 2022 lineup is still in progress. lol . . .
What I am reading now:
This came in my Parnassus Books Book-of-the-Month (my last one I think!) and I’m so glad it did. How did I go this long without reading Elizabeth Strout!? I’m very excited to explore her back catalog. The finite nature of life (see above) is brought into stark reality whenever I think about how few books we each get to read in our lifetimes . . .