Even Better Living in 4,000 weeks

Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2024 by Kieran MoranNo comments

Time Management for Mortals

There’s a self-help book that’s becoming increasingly popular and you may have heard friends or colleagues’ reference or recommend it: ‘Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals’, authored by Oliver Burkeman.  Burkeman explores the idea that the average human lifespan is 80 years, which equates to roughly 4,000 weeks, and argues that understanding the concept can help people better prioritise their time and focus on what truly matters in life.  By recoginising the limited amount of time we have, we can make more deliberate decisions about how we spend it and ensure that we are using it in ways that align with our personal values and goals.

In today’s face-paced world, where time seems to slip through our fingers, and with a notable shift in attitudes towards working environments post pandemic, the concept is one that is really resonating and building momentum – the book has been on the New York Times Best Seller list and Time listed it in its ‘100 must-read books for 2021’.

Considering the concept of 4,000 weeks specifically in the context of regional work opportunities, rethinking how each of us makes our mark on the world in our allotted time helps us explore how to prioritise meaning, purpose, and fulfillment over mere productivity and external validation.

Choices and Opportunities

Our choices regarding where we live play a vital role in shaping the quality of our lives.  Here, our opportunities to connect with nature, with access the bush and the Great Barrier Reef, offer the best opportunities to balance work and personal life, contributing to healthy physical and mental well-being.  Coupled with strong connections and a sense of belonging within our local community that comes from the genuine camaraderie of working together in rural industries such as farming and mining, working and living in Central Queensland really does resonate with the 4,000 week concept of redefining success.

The traditional definition of success often revolves around material wealth and status. However, the 4,000-week concept challenges us to redefine success on our own terms. It encourages us to evaluate our lives based on the impact we make, the relationships we cultivate, and the personal growth we achieve. By embracing a broader perspective, we can measure success in terms of fulfillment, well-being, and the positive contributions we make to society.

Intentional Living

The concept also challenges us to re-think our emphasis on productivity and shift our focus from mindless busyness to intentional living.  Alongside this, we’re encouraged to seek meaningful work that aligns with our values and passions.  Embracing purpose-driven work, rather than focusing on financial reward, can create personal fulfillment.

The 4,000-week concept challenges us to view work through a new lens—one that prioritizes meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. It invites us to re-evaluate our relationship with time, encouraging us to make deliberate choices that align with our values and aspirations. By embracing meaningful work, integrating our personal and professional lives, and nurturing continuous learning, we can create a life that is rich in purpose and make a lasting impact within the limited span of our 4,000 weeks.

Even Better Living 

Indeed, the concepts in the book resonate strongly with our team at  Connecting Industry Talent, where our vision is to inspire Even Better Living by supporting and enabling the workforce to live, work and play regionally and help local businesses to invest, create and build a strong, vibrant community.

Find your #EvenBetterLiving by connecting with  Connecting Industry Talent today!

Tim O'Brien: Connecting Industry Director

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