I recently read the book "How to Use Limited Time.


How to Use Limited Time, by Oliver Berkman.

This book was covered with sticky notes after I read it.

It is a book about time, which I myself think about on a regular basis. It is not about how to handle things efficiently, as is often the case, but rather a philosophical book about time and how to live.

I basically live my life with the idea that there is no past or future, but only the present moment. Reading the book, I felt as if I had met Oliver Berkman, whom I have never met. I think this is an enjoyable book for those who can and are constantly facing themselves.

I would like to show you all the sticky points, but that would be very tedious, so I will spare you the rest.

  • Assuming you live to be about 80, your life is only 4000 weeks.

  • First, I would finish all the minor tasks, and then, when I had plenty of free time, I would start on the big ones. I obediently and efficiently put away my to-do list. The day would end as I worked diligently on the small tasks, and the next morning the tasks would pile up again, and there would never be a time to focus all my attention on the important ones. Spending time like this, no matter how many years go by, important things remain postponed.

  • Instead of the anxiety of losing something, you get the joy of throwing it away.

  • If there is something you really want to do (whether it is creative work, love, or social activism), the only way to ensure you get it done is to do it, right now.

  • As many of you know, the "free" social media we use is not really free. You are not a customer there, you are a product.

  • According to Zen teachings, all human suffering stems from a reluctance to acknowledge reality. The feeling of "This was not supposed to happen," or "Why can't things be as they should be," is the root of suffering.

  • A "don't care what happens" life is one in which one does not expect the future to turn out the way one wants it to, and therefore does not worry whether things will turn out the way one expects.

  • When you are overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of what needs to be done, if you zoom out just a little bit, it all seems like a tiny problem. Almost nothing. The daily worries, concerns, relationships, career competition, money worries, etc., are completely unimportant from the perspective of the universe.


That is all.

I enjoyed reading this book, not a task management technique, not a business book, but more like a philosophy book. I recommend this book.

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