Four Thousand Weeks: Best book to Boost your "Real" Productivity

About this book

The average human lifespan is absurdly, insultingly brief. Assuming you live to be eighty, you have just over four thousand weeks. Four Thousand Weeks introduces readers to tools for constructing a meaningful life.

My thoughts

First of all, I'm surprised that I didn't think about how to live or work by myself.

The author is famous in the field of productivity. I've heard of his techniques and adopted them in my life. But, the author said that focusing too much on productivity can lead to an unhappy life, and he himself made that mistake.

This realization has made me think about how I've blindly followed productivity techniques without analyzing that. If I had self-analyzed, I could have completely changed my way of living. In the following year, I intend to think deeply before implementing my life.

If you're looking to boost your "real" productivity, I recommend reading this book.

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My highlights

So, getting better at processing your email is like getting faster and faster at climbing up an infinitely tall ladder.

reaching the conclusion that the most productive and successful among them generally made writing a smaller part of their daily routine than the others, so that it was much more feasible to keep going with it day after day.

The truth, then, is that spending at least some of your leisure time wastefully, focused solely on the pleasure of the experience, is the only way not to waste it

nobody ever really gets four thousand weeks in which to live - not only because you might end up with fewer than that, but because in reality you never even get a single week, in the sense of being able to guarantee that it will arrive, or that you'll be in a position to use it precisely as you wish.

the real problem is just that the other person is one other person. In other words, the cause of your difficulties isn't that your partner is especially flawed, or that the two of you are especially incompatible, but that you're finally noticing all the ways in which your partner is (inevitably) finite, and thus deeply disappointing by comparison with the world of your fantasy, where the limiting rules of reality don't apply.

In ancient Greek myth, the gods punish King Sisyphus for his arrogance by sentencing him to push an enormous boulder up a hill, only to see it roll back down again, an action he is condemned to repeat for all eternity.

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