Oliver Burkeman: The way we work

Date: 14 May 2024

The four day work week.

The average human lifespan is absurdly, outrageously, insultingly brief: if you live to 80, you have about 4000 weeks on earth. How should we use them best?

Of course, nobody needs telling that there isn't enough time. We're obsessed by our lengthening to-do lists, our overfilled inboxes, the struggle against distraction, and the sense that our attention spans are shrivelling. Yet we rarely make the conscious connection that these problems only trouble us in the first place thanks to the ultimate time-management problem: the challenge of how best to use our four thousand weeks.

In this keynote, Oliver Burkeman sets out to realign our relationship with time – and in doing so, to liberate us from its grasp.

This Webinar will take place live on:

Tuesday 14 May 2024

Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart: 3.30pm-4.30pm
Adelaide, Darwin: 3pm-4pm
Perth: 1.30pm-2.30pm


Individual session: $139 (inc GST)

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Oliver Burkeman

Oliver Burkeman

Oliver Burkeman is a best-selling author and keynote speaker. His books include Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals (Penguin Vintage, 2021) as well as The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking (Penguin Vintage, 2012) and Help! How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done (Penguin Vintage, 2011). For many years Oliver wrote a popular weekly column on psychology for the Guardian, “This column will change your life”. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Psychologies and New Philosopher. He has a devoted following for his writing on productivity, mortality, the power of limits, and building a meaningful life in an age of bewilderment. He has also presented a number of programmes for BBC Radio 4, including Oliver Burkeman is Is Busy, Why Are We So Angry? and Living with the News.

Four Thousand Weeks – the title is a reference to the average lifespan of a human – is a New York Times best-seller and was named one of the best books of 2021 by the Financial Times, The Times, The Observer, Audible, Time and Barnes & Noble. Here, Oliver explores why the central challenge of time management isn't becoming more efficient, but deciding what to neglect; why, in an accelerating world, patience is a superpower and why, in conditions of limitless choice, burning your bridges beats keeping your options open. 

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