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TEXTY THINGS

A few idiosyncratic notes about things I've read. There's no order to this list.

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2021. ISBN 9780374159122
You don't have long on this earth and you're never going to get it all done. We have a nearly inexhaustible number of strategies for avoiding the realization that we are beings with limited capacities, talents, and lifespans. Coming to grips with this is painful but provides unexpected upsides. Stop chasing your tail and cut your losses now. Reduce (or eliminate) your expectations, and pay attention to the life you're living now and who you're living it with. Major wallops of reality. Relax and focus on the things that "matter." Read Dec 2023. SBPL.

Burkeman's Five Questions:

  1. Where in your life or your work are you currently pursuing comfort, when what's called for is a little discomfort?
  2. Are you holding yourself to, or judging yourself by, standards of productivity or performance that are impossible to meet?
  3. In what ways have you yet to accept the fact that you are who you are, not the person you think you ought to be?
  4. In which areas of life are you still holding back until you feel like you know what you're doing?
  5. How would you spend your days differently if you didn't care so much about seeing your actions reach fruition?

Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich, 1945-1955 by Harald Jähner, translated from German by Shaun Whiteside. Knopf. 2021. ISBN 9780593319734.
Read up to page 22. Excellent so far. SBPL.

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