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  • Published: 16 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780753552650
  • Imprint: WH Allen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $24.99

Time and How to Spend It

The 7 Rules for Richer, Happier Days

An inspiring, science-based guide to success and happiness — from the bestselling author of Stuffocation

A Financial Times Book of the Year

'Genius ... I couldn't put it down, I read it from cover to cover'CHRIS EVANSIf the most precious thing we have is time, the most highly prized expertise should be knowing how to spend it well. Yet, busier than ever, do we really understand which experiences bring us joy and success, and which don’t?

After all, we’ve learned how to spot the difference between junk foods and superfoods. When you discover the equivalent rules for time, it’ll change how you live your life.

In his first book since the era-defining Stuffocation, cultural commentator and bestselling author James Wallman investigates the persistent problem of wasted, unfulfilling time, and finds a powerful answer — a revolutionary approach to life based on the latest scientific discoveries. At its heart is the inspiring revelation that, when you play by the new rules, you can actively choose better experiences.

Bursting with original stories, fresh takes on tales you thought you knew, and insights from psychology, economics, and culture, Time and How to Spend It reveals a seven-point checklist that’ll help you avoid empty experiences, and fill your free hours with exciting and enriching ones instead.

This life-enhancing book will show you how to be the hero or heroine of your own story. You’ll learn how to avoid WMDs (weapons of mass distraction), and discover the roads that lead to flow. You’ll get more out of every minute and every day; your weekends will fizz and your holidays will be deeply nourishing. You’ll not only be living the good life, but building a truly great life.

  • Published: 16 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780753552650
  • Imprint: WH Allen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

James Wallman

James Wallman is a cultural commentator and trend forecaster, the Sector Specialist on the Experience Economy for the UK government, one of the worldwide top 101 influencers in Employee Engagement, and the international bestselling author of Stuffocation. He has written for GQ, the New York Times and the FT, and appeared on the BBC, the ABC and MSNBC. He runs a boutique trend forecasting firm whose clients range from KFC to KPMG, Yell and Eventbrite. He has studied at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He has spoken at Google HQ in California, the Collision Conference in Las Vegas, the London School of Economics, the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of the Arts, and 10 Downing Street. He has hosted Guardian Masterclasses, and run courses at the School of Life in London and Antwerp. He is an ambassador for the charity Global Action Plan. He has lived in France, Greece and California, and he currently lives in London with his wife and two children.

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Praise for Time and How to Spend It

James Wallman draws together powerful ideas and research into a cohesive, fun, and useful handbook for life.

Jake Knapp, New York Times bestselling author of Sprint

The book promises to help you view time, and the time you have, in a new light. Stop sinking it on those empty experiences with this advice from Mr Wallman and start filling your free hours with ones that enrich, instead.

Mr Porter

An intriguing approach to trying to spend your time in a more satisfying way

Tim Harford, author, The Undercover Economist

Our modern lives whizz by in a digital din of pings and dings leaving us constantly frazzled and short of time. James’s entertaining and brilliant book helps us better understand, appreciate and utilise our most precious resource, time. A timeless classic for navigating 21st century life.

Michael Acton Smith, co-founder of Calm

In this smart and practical work, James Wallman shows us how make the most of our days and improve the quality of our lives. If you’re tired of wasting time, this is the book for you.

Daniel H. Pink, author of When and Drive

I love James Wallman's principles for spending your time wisely. This isn't just a book about how to be more productive productivity book, it's a guidebook for living an awesome life! When we use our time wisely, we enjoy our lives more.

Nir Eyal, bestselling author of Hooked and Indistractable

A revelation … busyness is not to be aspired to. Spending your time wisely, consciously, and making more of it for what truly matters is a skill that is surely worth learning. And fast.

Henrietta Thompson, BA Business Life

A perfect combination of engaging, profound, and instructive. The time you spend reading this book will reward you a hundredfold with weeks, months, and years better spent.

Adam Alter, Professor of Marketing and Psychology, New York University’s Stern School of Business, New York Times bestselling author of Irresistible and Drunk Tank Pink

Fresh, fun, provocative and practical. James Wallman gets you thinking, deciding and acting. Reading Time and How to Spend It is time very well spent.

Julia Hobsbawm, Hon Visiting Professor, CASS Business School, London, and author of Fully Connected

Many people have the feeling that they aren’t taking a big enough bite out of life. If you’re one of those people, you’re likely to find the perfect antidote in this easy-to-read tour of much of the academic literature on happiness and well-being. Follow the concrete steps Wallman has laid out and you’re likely to be much more satisfied with how you’re spending your time.

Tom Gilovich, Irene Blecker Rosenfeld Professor of Psychology, Cornell University

One of those rare books that can make you think seriously about how you could live a better life – not one that’s superficially appealing and Instagram-worthy, but one filled with satisfaction, joy, and yes, time well spent.

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, researcher at the Institute for the Future and author of Rest: Why You Don’t Get More Done When You Work Less

James Wallman is the Malcolm Gladwell of today’s Experience Economy. He brings together the best of social science research with insights and stories relayed with wit and verve, all for one purpose: to help you stop wasting time and instead gain a life experienced well. Read and follow his 7-step checklist and you will change your life in amazing ways by investing in the most precious resource on the planet: your time.

B. Joseph Pine II, co-author of The Experience Economy

I’ve read a lot of self-help books in my time, and many of them are hard to read. It’s tough to dish out advice without sounding either bossy or holier-than thou. James Wallman manages to be neither in Time and How to Spend It. Follow his advice, and we will change our days, and in turn, our lives. For once, this book deserves the description “life-changing”.

Rachel Kelly, author of Black Rainbow and Walking on Sunshine

James Wallman offers a treatise on time hygiene with solutions for the ancient conundrum of what it means to live a good life. Suffice it to say, drop what you're doing right now and read this book.

Scott Carney, New York Times bestselling author of What Doesn't Kill Us

If there’s one book to read to make sense of today’s “I can’t put my phone down” culture (and how to live better in it) – this is it. Smart, well-researched and very readable – I didn’t want to put it down.

Marianne Cantwell, author of Be a Free Range Human

Unlike money, time must be spent: 24 hours of it, every day. James Wallman distills behavioral science into a set of actionable guidelines to help us make the most of the time we have to spend.

Michael Norton, co-author of Happy Money

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