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Oliver Burkeman: How to Spend Four Thousand Weeks of Life

Renee Bright

If each of us lives to be 80, we’ll have spent about four thousand weeks being alive on this planet — which isn’t really much time at all. So, how should we spend it?

Oliver Burkeman, author of Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, used to obsess over productivity. He’d try time management strategies and life hacks, all in an effort to get on top of things. But none of it worked. Now he embraces different ideas — that we’ll never get to every email, never find ourselves without demands on our time and that committing to one thing means we will miss out on other things. Which is all okay. Life is finite and if we want to make time for the things that really matter, we’ll have to learn to let other things go. Oliver Burkeman joins us Friday at noon, and Saturday at 11am, to talk about how to use the brief four thousand weeks of a human lifetime.  (Rebroadcast)

Oliver Burkeman’s book is Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. [Indie BoundBookShop|AmazonAudible

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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