691: Oliver Burkeman, part 1.5: Embracing Our Inevitable Limitations on Time and Energy

June 6, 2023 by Joshua
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I’ve been recommending Oliver’s book Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals a lot. When people ask about it, I have a hard time explaining what it says, only that it’s valuable. He has a way of communicating important things about values, time, intent, decision, and related concepts that are hard to express otherwise. In this conversation he shares more.

One thing I can express that I value: what he says about time parallels what I say about energy, specifically energy as physicists describe it, not emotional energy. We don’t have infinite amounts of time or energy. If we see life as missing out on what we lack time or energy for, we’ll crave what we lack. We’ll be insecure. If instead, we recognize we don’t have time or energy to do everything we’d enjoy, we can construct the lives we want, which will be abundant.

Being an episode 1.5 means he only started doing the commitment from last time, but is gracious enough and a leader enough to share, regroup, and if we can find another way forward. I bring leaders to sustainability because they have learned not to hide vulnerabilities, at least not all of them.

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