Stop Feeling Overwhelmed

My Review of Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman

Mandy C.


If you have ever felt like there is not enough time to do everything you want no matter how hard you have worked already.

I hear you.

It’s like no matter how much we have accomplished and even though we have already worked like a machine for as long as we can remember, there is still so much left undone and we even still feel guilty for taking a break.

This shouldn’t be how we live our lives.

Months ago, I came about the book: Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman, and it really changed my view of my relationship with time, and most importantly, helped me have more peace with time.

In this article, I’ll review this wonderful book and provide you with a summary of the key mindset shifts I gained from it.

First of All, Why the Title “Four Thousand Weeks”?

Credit: Amazon UK

According to Oliver Burkeman, the author, assuming you live to be eighty, you will have about four thousand weeks on this planet, which he describes as “absurdly, terrifyingly, insultingly short.”

This is also why the book is titled “Four Thousand Weeks”.

I am not telling you this to make you feel more anxious or cram more things in.

Rather, I want to remind us that really, we are all gonna die someday.



Mandy C.

Licensed Corporate Finance Adviser, Spiritual Wealth Coach, Podcast Host