Time Well Spent

Four Thousand Weeks, the title of Oliver Burkeman’s book about time management, comes from the premise that if you live to be eighty, you’ll live about four thousand weeks. (52 weeks/year x 80 years = 4,160 weeks.)

It’s impossible to resist the urge to estimate, based on your actual age, how many weeks you have left. Your number of weeks may vary, but suddenly life seems terribly short. (Assuming that we make it to eighty, which we should not take for granted.)

For me, this consideration is a call to focus on what’s important and leave unimportant things undone. Maximizers don’t make the best use of their time. Also, it’s a call to reflect on the time I spend with people I love and who are important in my life, both in quality and in quantity.

As with many things, the way to make the best use of our time is to make the best use of each day. Memento mori

Photo by Alexey Savchenko on Unsplash
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