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How To Manage Your Precious Time

Oliver Burkeman on how to let go of your FOMO.


Episode Notes

Joey is a young creative living in Australian who can’t decide which hat to wear. Should it be songwriting, skateboarding, acting, or should he focus more on his day job as a retail clerk? Fitting everything in during the week seems impossible and he feels guilty when he can’t cross everything off his checklist. On this episode of How To!, co-host Amanda Ripley brings in journalist Oliver Burkeman, the author of 4000 Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. He explains how he too once wanted to do it all, but eventually realized that it’s just not feasible. As Joey learns, letting go of some things and focusing on what really matters can actually lead to the ‘joy of missing out.’

If you liked this episode, check out: “How To Never Miss a Deadline”

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Podcast production by Derek John, Rosemary Belson, and Kevin Bendis.

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