How to Live on 24 Hours a Day Paperback – 2 Jan 2009
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There are many ways in which Bennett reaches the same league as his master, Zola. And he could have taught Zola a thing or two about restraint. --A.N. Wilson, Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Enoch Arnold Bennett (27 May 1867 – 27 March 1931) was an English writer. He is best known as a novelist, but he also worked in other fields such as journalism, propaganda and film. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I was absolutely delighted within minutes of starting. The writing style is old-fashioned, with anecdotes reflecting life at the start of the last century. However, it is incredibly accessible and the examples are easy to understand and just as relevant today. Bennett writes in a humorous style, which while may not be to everyone's taste, certainly made me smile.
The essence of the book is that the average person always feels short of time. Bennett's basic premise is that you might work for 8 hours a day, and sleep for 8 hours a day, but the rest of the time is not used productively. He dissects a typical day and gives some really thought provoking ways to think about, reclaim and then spend this time.
Given the number of people who spend their evenings slumped in front of the TV, zoning out, it seems to be there are no shortage of people who would benefit from this book, but alas I suspect they are also the least likely to read it.
It's a short book, and a quick reader will get through it in an hour, although as Bennett tells us in the book, the real benefits will come from reflecting on its content.
To be honest - while it's free, why not give it a try!
Take example the journey to work, travelling to the station, the time the train station blatantly wastes as you stand waiting for it's arrival, the trivial reading of the newspaper in the time allocated to arrive at your destination, and the same on the way home; Bennett has far better uses for your time than to squander it away reading the daily papers.
At home you feel lethargic, you eat later, breaking up the night, you consider going to bed a good forty minutes, and when you look at the clock 6 hours of your time has elapsed as if in the twinkle of an eye, nothing very productive having been done at all.
Bennett blasts through excuses of tiredness, socialising and any other excuse with a logic that is hard to dis affirm, there is no way around it, we should all be not just doing more with our daily allocated amount of time currency, but simply thinking about how we use that allocation can lead to much more productivity in just 2 - 3 hours of our spare 16!
I also found the very last few pages to be very productive to me on a personal level as Bennett praises the benefits of poetry and states if we really can not abide the subject of Philosophy or History as a substitute, that made me chuckle as some of my associates are heavily invested in the study of History, one being a PhD.
Bennett makes the obvious fact that we can't create time a launching point for suggesting ways in which we could use the time we have far more productively. The title almost fully captures the book's thesis and with a small change, putting emphasis on the word "live," would do so completely. This is a book that in a mere 59 pages or so tells you more worthwhile things about "How to LIVE on 24 Hours a Day" than you'll find in the mountains of self-improvement books published in the subsequent 100 years.
It now amuses me to see, when I'm crushed in the mass of "salarymen" on rush-hour trains, that so many of them are (mostly unknowingly) doing one of the very important things Bennett recommends: reading. His book could almost be an ad for Kindles! Not only will Bennett give you probably the best advice you ever had on using your time well, he'll give you good advice on not being obsessive about the advice or trying to impose it on your friends. I'll briefly ignore it to say to you "Read this book."
It is however well written, entertaining and short. There's bound to be one good suggestion you'll take away from it. Diverting if nothing else.
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This is such a classic I had read it years ago and recently came across it on Amazon. Arnold Bennet at his best hilarious yet so real. You must read this very short masterpiece.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It's the kind of book that tells you things you surely already knew but perhaps weren't fully acknowledging. Read morePublished 7 months ago by RDMc
I can't fault the ideas in this book - excellent tips for making the most of your time.
However, this book is definitely a product of it's time, which made it difficult... Read more
Quaint old-fashioned English text on how to not to bore oneself as an adult. Enjoyable. Very short. Has specific ideas on how to structure your life but mistakenly believes that... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer