Time and How to Spend it – James Wallman

Review From User :

This is one of those groundbraking books, tailored for particular moment in time. Our moments in time are defined by ourselves, of course, the people. Mostly in the department of our (non)understanding of ourselves and what is happening to us.

This means the book is written because the author (correctly) came to conclusion humanity in its current, dispersed-attention, cortisol-overflow state needs direction. And in my opinion, it really does. Desperately. But it also means that mass of non-understanding human population will have hard time understanding its teachings or finding will to apply them.

Otherwise they wouldn't need it. Kind of catch 22.

So it may well be one of those books only time will prove how right they were.

There are lots of interesting ideas, concepts and connections presented here. Very nicely made connections between quality of experience, that leads to happiness, that leads to success, which logically leads to more quality experiences and even more happiness.

It's perfectly logical loop. But in order to make it spin, you need to invest in some self-education, mindful awareness of what experiences that you chose for yourself do (or don't do) for you and discipline in chosing the right kind, while avoiding the wrong ones.

For that, you need Experience Intelligence. That's right. I would guess factorial analysis would show there's a lot of overlap between already established concepts of general intelligence and emotional intelligence, but I don't doubt its validity.

It's probably just one of the many kinds of "big intelligence entities" inside ourselves that we will discover in years to come.

Just as I don't doubt the author of this book is Daniel Goleman of Experience Intelligence.

Quality experience also makes you more resilient to shit you can't avoid, which is especially good news since there seems to be no end to the shit meals this life has to serve. Better make your digestion fast and efficient.


Category: Misc. Non-fiction, Self-help

If the most precious thing we have is time, the most highly prized expertise should be knowing how to spend it well. Yet, busier than ever, do we really understand which experiences bring us joy and success and which don’t?
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After all, we’ve learned how to spot the difference between junk foods and superfoods. When you discover the equivalent rules for time, it’ll change how you live your life.

In his first book since the era-defining Stuffocation, cultural commentator and best-selling author James Wallman investigates the persistent problem of wasted, unfulfilling time and finds a powerful answer – a revolutionary approach to life based on the latest scientific discoveries. At its heart is the inspiring revelation that, when you play by the new rules, you can actively choose better experiences.

Bursting with original stories, fresh takes on tales you thought you knew and insights from psychology, economics and culture, Time and How to Spend It reveals a seven-point checklist that’ll help you avoid empty experiences and fill your free hours with exciting and enriching ones instead.

This life-enhancing book will show you how to be the hero or heroine of your own story. You’ll learn how to avoid WMDs (weapons of mass distraction) and discover the roads that lead to flow. You’ll get more out of every minute and every day; your weekends will fizz, and your holidays will be deeply nourishing. You’ll not only be living the good life but building a truly great life.

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