On Time by Catherine Blyth reveals why time sped up, why there never seems to be enough and how to make it yours again.
We have more time than ever - so why do we feel time poor? The short answer is that our world is addicted to fast. And we have become its servant. Instead of grasping the liberating potential of technology, many of us are locked in to a doomed race to outpace hurry. The more we value time, the less we feel we have.
Angry, witty and enlightening, On Time is a handbook for navigating a fast-forward world that asks the questions productivity guides ignore: why time sped up, how it is stolen, how it really works and how to stop managing it and instead make it work for you. Blyth combines cutting-edge research from neuroscience and psychology with accessible stories from philosophy to history to sinking ships, from Leonardo da Vinci to Usain Bolt, Aristotle to Anna Wintour, Kant to Keith Richards. Delving into the secret lives of habits, decisions and motivation, she reveals why time speeds up when you long for it to slow and how time thieves take our good intentions for a walk.
Find out what makes good timing; why some hours trudge while others sprint by; how bright colours, fast food and rapid breathing affect our tempo; how autonomy takes the stress out of pressure; and what hours suit which activities best. Each of us can expect 1,000 months on this planet, if we are lucky. So cease clock watching, stop stockpiling self-reproach and quit chasing white rabbits. Time is humanity's finest invention, and with small, practical steps it can become your servant.
Praise for Catherine Blyth:
"It is a treasure trove of literary and historical delights, with each page containing a little gem in the form of a quotation or a factoid." (Independent on Sunday)
"Witty, charming and appropriately garrulous...it shamed me into wanting to mend my own, lumpen, non-conversational ways and pull my speech-related socks up...this smart little book should be in every house like Gideon bibles in hotel rooms." (Mail on Sunday)
"A bit of fun by a young genius. The Art of Conversation...is a witty meditation upon all aspects of talk...if you give to a friend it will itself provoke hours of amusing chat as you read out her jokes and her wisdom." (A. N. Wilson)
"Blending science with psychology and philosophy with literature, she argues the case for banter and badinage. It's free, fun and gets your brain cells firing like the prettiest of firework displays." (Marie Claire)
"I tried my hardest to dislike The Art of Conversation, but it's hard to dislike anything that quotes Chanelle from Big Brother in the same breath as Andrew Marvell and Henry James." (The Guardian)
"Everybody will read it, but pretend they haven't." (The Observer)
"As Woodrow Wilson once opined of the US President Warren Harding, I am simply in possession of 'a bungalow mind'. I hope that reading The Art of Conversation has furnished me with a staircase or two." (The Observer)
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