Author: Arnold Bennett
Here’s something people may not expect – a self-help book about productivity written over a hundred years ago. We like to think we’re in an age where there’s never enough time and the golden era of leisure was yesterday.
Arnold Bennett comes out and, in a fun and entertaining British way, writes his advice for a middle/upper class society who feel miserable about their existence.
In this book (which is public domain and therefore free), he tackles the issue of people going to work, coming home and then wasting their evening away until they wake up the next day to do it again. All the while, they complain about not having enough time to pursue anything meaningful in their lives (hmmm… sounds familiar…)
While today’s self-help genre focuses toward the idea of being your true self, finding your passion or making money (usually the latter… which only profits the author, but that’s another rant), Bennett focuses on taking advantage of time.
Specifically, how one is able to maximize every minute of every day given to them. Money can be replenished, but time is something that can never be banked. Instead, one should learn how to find all the spare minutes of their day and use it to start living, not merely existing.
It’s a short book and if you’re willing to delve into it, you’ll find plenty of wisdom that is highly useful today.