Get your priorities straight with Oliver Burkeman

Hear me out – what if you stopped trying so hard to be productive? Most of us only get a total of four thousand weeks on this earth. Do you really want to spend them answering emails?

Oliver Burkeman is a “recovering productivity geek” and he wants you to make peace with the reality that you’ll never get everything done. He says once you’ve accepted that hard truth, you’ll finally be free to focus on what’s truly important.

Oliver Burkeman is a journalist and the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking and the forthcoming Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. 

He shares why it’s valuable to recognise and wrestle with your limitations head-on, why it’s worth keeping a “Done List,” and gives you permission to decline to clear the decks.


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Produced by Inventium

Host: Amantha Imber

Production Support from Deadset Studios

Sound Engineer: Martin Imber