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Oliver Burkeman

The Imperfectionist

Why Patience is a Superpower

To say we live in an era marked by distraction and impatience is a laughable understatement. Oliver Burkeman makes the case for doing one thing at a time, and letting things take the time they take – and explains why this is a recipe not just for a more peaceful life, but a more meaningful and accomplished one too.

Oliver Burkeman is the author of the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, a book about embracing your limitations and getting round to what counts. Wharton Business School Professor Adam Grant described Oliver’s book as “the most important book ever written on time management”.

Previously Oliver wrote The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking and Help! How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done. For many years he wrote a popular column for the Guardian, ‘This Column Will Change Your Life’. In his email newsletter The Imperfectionist, he writes about productivity, mortality, the power of limits and building a meaningful life in an age of distraction. Oliver was born in Liverpool and now lives in the North York Moors.

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