I promise all my readers at least one good book recommendation per week, and this is it!
Today’s book is called How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, by Arnold Bennett, and it sort of took me by surprise.
Bennett is “the hero” of John Carey’s excellent book on elitism and snobbishness among the literary intelligentsia at the turn of the 20th century (Title: The Intellectuals and the Masses), and he’s the hero because he was approachable; he was decidedly NOT a snob, he believed that most people were capable of tackling harder books (so do I), and he wrote simply, in words that were easy to understand.
Today’s book is pretty much one of the earliest time management books, and I think it is EXCELLENT.
And of course a sample of my notes is attached.
So, let’s get started!
Today’s Book on Amazon: How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, by Arnold Bennett
FROM MY NOTES:
More time can generate more money, but money can never buy you more time
“The supply of time is truly a daily miracle.”
Time is the most magnificent of all your possessions and it’s completely yours
“You can only waste the passing moment. You cannot waste tomorrow; it is kept for you. You cannot waste the next hour; it is kept for you. I said the affair was a miracle. Is it not?”
“We never shall have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is.”
“The most important preliminary to the task of arranging one’s life so that one may live fully and comfortably within one’s daily budget of twenty-four hours is the calm realization of the extreme difficulty of the task, of the sacrifices and the endless effort which it demands. I cannot too strongly insist on this.”
“The water won’t be any warmer next week. It’ll be colder.”
“Allow for human nature, especially your own.”
“There is no such man as the average man.”
Keep bringing your mind back to its task by the scruff of its neck
“For myself, you do not catch me travelling without my Marcus Aurelius.”
Use all of your time, not just a little bit of it
“It will be found, ultimately, that in taking care of oneself one has quite all one can do.”
“Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.”
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You have all the time there is in the universe. There’s no need to rush to get anywhere else!
Arnold Bennett was right on the proverbial money when he said (more than a hundred years ago) that the supply of time is truly a daily miracle.
I tend to be fairly grateful whenever miracles occur, and this time is no different. Every single day that I wake up (and I hope to keep waking up for a long time), there is another 24 hours just WAITING for me to maximize it completely.
It’s here for me, it’s here for you, and it keeps showing up, day after day after day.
Bennett’s also right that it’s impossible to waste it in advance; you can’t waste tomorrow today, but what you do today can set you UP for tomorrow, and indeed it will either make tomorrow easier or harder.
The time will still be there, but you may have bigger problems tomorrow than you would have had, had you maximized the use of your time today.
All the best,
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