HOW TO LIVE ON 24 HOURS A DAY. PREFACE TO THIS EDITION. —. This preface, though placed at the beginning, as a preface must be, should be read. Free site book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. This, for me, is a wonderful book advising the reader to use little available amounts of time to become knowledgeable in areas of life that are.

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Editorial Reviews. Review. "Mr. Bennett writes with his usual crispness, point, and humor." -- Times of London "Straightforward, vigorous, pungent." --New York . and our great collection of free ebook downloads. Plus twenty-one words from Thomas Carlyle How To Stop W Sams Teach Yourself Networking in 24 Hours. How to Live on 24 Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett on how to live life to the fullest, given that there are twenty-four hours in a day and download pdf format.

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Unfulfilled aspiration may always trouble him. But he will not be tormented in the same way as the man who…never leaves Brixton.

There is no magic bullet, no secret way to find more time. We see the desire to find one today, as people chase time management techniques which promise to free up more hours in the day: I have found no such wonderful secret. Nor do I expect to find it, nor do I expect anyone else to find it. It is undiscovered… there is no easy way, no royal road.

The path to Mecca is extremely hard and stony and the worst part is that you never get there after all.

Bennett encourages us to focus on how we can use our time to improve ourselves, stating that it is never too late: You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose. The idea that you can reinvent yourself each hour of the day is liberating.

How to Live on 24 Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett

We get stuck in ruts and tell ourselves that we cannot change because we are too old, too young, too poor, too tied down. These are only excuses. They absolve us from responsibility. Bennett reminds us that just as money can be spent on anything, so can time. Bennett foreshadows modern research on habit change and personal development, which urges people to start small: Beware of undertaking too much at the start.

Be content with quite a little. Allow for accidents. Allow for human nature, especially your own… a glorious failure is better than a petty success. Having set the stage, Bennett begins to discuss exactly how much time his audience has available to them.

Most workers are only productive for 3 hours a day.

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You can indeed get more done by working less. You say your day is already full to overflowing. You actually spend in earning your livelihood — how much? Seven hours on the average. And in sleep, seven? I will add another two to be generous. And I will defy you to account for me the other 8 hours on the spur of the moment. We all know the odd feeling of time passing without us noticing.

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We have all looked up on a Sunday evening, baffled as to where the day went. We have all arrived home at 6 pm and found that by the time we make dinner and shower, it is suddenly midnight. Looking at the example of the average office worker at the time, Bennett reflects on our skewed attitude to work. We view our hours at work as our day and the rest as a margin. Another example of how we fail to understand time. Next, Bennett laments the practice, ubiquitous of the time, of spending the morning commute reading the newspaper.

We can apply his statements to the newspapers modern equivalent: social media. No doubt you have seen pictures of the past where a train carriage is full of people reading newspapers. Today the buses and subways are full of people on their telephones. You calmly and majestically give yourself up to your newspaper. You do not hurry…your air is the air of a leisured man, wealthy in time, of a man from some planet where there are hours in the day…I cannot possibly allow you to scatter such precious pearls of time with Oriental lavishness.

You are not the Shah of time.

The number one question I receive from readers is how can I find more time to read? There is a simple answer but it involves tradeoffs that most of us are unwilling to make. It means putting reading and learning and growing ahead of the immediate gratification of social media. Depending on the activity, The Red Queen of time is indeed formidable.

Newspapers are focused on things that change.

You are pale and tired…in an hour or so you sit up and feel you could take a little nourishment. And you do.

Then you smoke, seriously, you see friends, you potter, you play cards, you flirt with a book, you take a stroll, you caress the piano…by jove! A quarter past eleven. Replace seeing friends for texting them, cards for video games, a book for a movie, a stroll for a trip to the gym and that is how most of us spend our evenings. Worn out by work, we flirt between whichever diversion seems interesting, dumping it when it begins to require focus. Language English.

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Bennett begins by reflecting on our counterintuitive tendency to value money over time. Advice[ edit ] In the book, Bennett offers the following advice: View the hour day as two separate days, one encompassing the 8-hour workday and the other a hour personal day to be accounted for and utilized. He recommends evenings for most people, but it depends on your schedule.

Pride and Prejudice.