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  1. 456: Time Management for Mortals | Oliver Burkeman

    In a culture that values persistent productivity, one can be left feeling chronically behind. 

    In this episode, author and recovering time management junkie, Oliver Burkeman  encourages us to stop scrambling to fit it all in by exploring the relationship between our mortality and getting things done. 

    Oliver Burkeman is the author of Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. Former guest Adam Grant has called it, “The most important book ever written about time management.” This is Oliver’s second appearance on the show. Burkeman joined us on the show a few years ago to talk about his other book, The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking. He also writes a bi-weekly email newsletter called The Imperfectionist.

    In this conversation, we talk about: Why accepting mortality is a crucial step in improving our relationship to timeHis conviction that it’s not about being more efficient. It’s about knowing what to neglectPatience as a superpower and the impatience spiralThe benefits of burning bridgesBecoming a better procrastinatorThe benefits of restWhat he calls “cosmic insignificance therapy”Practical tips, such as the “fixed volume approach to productivity,” the value of serialization, and strategic underachievement. 

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  2. The Religion of Productivity, Oliver Burkeman

    For years the journalist Oliver Burkeman became obsessed with productivity and personal growth, documenting his explorations in a weekly column. Finally it struck him that this attempt was a deeply religious quest, tied into ideas of perfectibility and salvation. When he realised this, he was finally able to find more peace.

    “For me, the obsession with productivity was totally tied up with this weird self-worth question. [There’s] this whole notion that it’s all focussed on some moment when everything’s going to be alright…there’s something about that feels like it’s got something to do with justification and salvation, and that feels very religious to me.”

    Oliver is someone who has had a similar path to Rebel Wisdom’s founder David Fuller, working for the legacy media, and also very interested in personal growth, and they sat down for a wide ranging and fascinating conversation which we are releasing now as a special preview for all Rebel Wisdom subscribers.

    Check out Oliver’s latest book “Four Thousand Weeks”, a sobering allusion to the average human lifespan:

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  3. How to shift your mindset and choose your future | Tom Rivett-Carnac

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    When it comes to big life problems, we often stand at a crossroads: either believe we’re powerless against great change, or we rise to meet the challenge. In an urgent call to action, political strategist Tom Rivett-Carnac makes the case for adopting a mindset of "stubborn optimism" to confront climate change — or whatever crisis may come our way — and sustain the action needed to build a regenerative future. As he puts it: "Stubborn optimism can fill our lives with meaning and purpose."

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  4. How to have a better day at work (Better@Work)

    26 May 2022 | Episode 1

    How to have a better day at work

    In this Better@Work series opener, we’re excited to welcome the amazing Caroline Webb as our first guest for a fun and insightful chat. I am a huge fan of Caroline, and I’ve loved and leveraged her teachings for many years. Caroline is an executive coach, author, speaker and senior advisor to McKinsey, who specializes in showing us how to use the insights from behavioural economics, psychology and neuroscience to transform our approach to everyday working life for the better. In this episode we share practical evidence-based techniques to help you have more control of your daily working life.

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  5. Hell’s Angel (Mother Teresa) — Christopher Hitchens

    Christopher Hitchens investigates whether Mother Teresa of Calcutta deserves her saintly image. He probes her campaigns against contraception and abortion and her questionable relationships with right-wing political leaders.

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  6. Christopher Hitchens’ Last Interview (uncut)

    Richard Dawkins & Christopher Hitchens: unabridged conversation recorded in October 2011. Part of the interview is transcribed in Books Do Furnish a Life: The following day, Christopher accepted the Richard Dawkins Award:

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