Oliver Burkeman

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Synopsis

Known for his long running Guardian column, This Column Will Change Your Life, Oliver has also written The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking and Four Thousand Weeks, Time and How to Use It. He explores happiness, productivity and how to make the most of the time that we have in an ever accelerating world.

Biography

Oliver Burkeman is a best-selling author and journalist, writing features for the Guardian and a column for Psychologies Magazine. For many years he wrote a popular weekly Guardian column, This Column Will Change Your Life exploring social psychology, self-help culture, productivity and the science of happiness. In his books, he continues to write on productivity, mortality, the power of limits, and building a meaningful life in an age of bewilderment.

He has written several books including The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking and Help! How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done. His latest book Four Thousand Weeks, Time and How to Use It was named one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times. With Four Thousand weeks being the average lifespan of a human, he considers how we should make the most of our finite lives in a world of impossible demands, relentless distraction and political insanity. A self proclaimed recovering productivity geek, he explores why the central challenges of time management isn't about becoming more efficient but deciding what to neglect. He explains why we are never going to finish our to-do list - and why that is okay. In this accelerated world, he believes that patience is a superpower and, in conditions of limitless choice, burning your bridges might beat keeping your options open. 

He is a winner of the Foreign Press Association's Young Journalist of the Year award and has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the What The Papers Say Feature Writer of the Year award. His work has also appeared in Esquire, Elle, GQ, the Observer and the New York Times. He is also releasing a BBC Radio 4 Collection, Epidemics of Modern Life, looking at busyness, anger, positivity and the decline of nuance, why these problems are widespread and how to tackle them.

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