Week 28: Chocolate Chip Ginger Cookies & "Four Thousand Weeks"
Why this book?
You know the articles:
Top 3 Things To Do Before 8am To Have A Productive Day
3 Productivity Hacks To Do Today To Make You More Efficient
Top X Ways To Find More Time
I think I could go on forever because I click on them every single time. I have a Pinterest board for productive hacks. I have tried it all & what Oliver Burkeman says in his book, is that we have it all wrong.
Book is broken into 2 sections: Choosing to Choose and Beyond Control.
My fav chapter is called "Staying on the Bus". It also just so happens I work in transportation so I am familiar with buses. This chapter is all about patience & understanding patience. It begins with an example of an art history teacher @ Harvard, Jennifer Roberts whose first assignment is to find a piece of art in a museum & stare at it for 3 hours.
I thought there was no way I could do that. The author shares his experience of how the first 18 min were very difficult & that it felt like hours, however he was able to calm his mind & focus on the painting.
When was the last time you did this?
I enjoyed learning about the 3 Principles of Patience, not surprisingly, b/c this is where I started to get some guidance on what to do.
-Develop a taste for having problems- try to appreciate having problems
-Embrace radical incrementalism - work on something even for 15 min a day
-Originality lies on the far side of unoriginality- focus on consistency and stay on the course
A great book that allowed me to rethink time & urgency, and appreciate that patience takes time.
He has 5 questions for us and this is what stood out for me:
How would you spend your days differently if you didn’t care so much about seeing your actions reach fruition?
As a program manager reaching a goal is very important & to be honest I am not sure what I would do differently.
Another interesting book that allowed me to pause and reflect on my relationship to time and productivity.