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Ashley Whillans

How to Reclaim Your Time and Live a Happier Life

3.5 (87 ratings)
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    One big idea: Discover the incredible value of time.

    Welcome to this Big Idea Blink. For this type of Blink, our editors chose one thought-provoking insight from a book so you can learn something new within just a few minutes. 

    The idea we’d like to talk about this time is “time affluence”, a concept that leads us to rethink how we perceive and use time. Often undervalued compared to money, this idea elevates time and its strategic usage as the critical ingredient to long-term happiness and fulfillment. Surprisingly, this simple shift in perspective can significantly enhance our personal well-being and brings a refreshing twist to our understanding of wealth.

    What makes it surprising is its simplicity – the idea that giving importance to time over money can significantly enhance our personal happiness and well-being. So let’s delve into it!

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    What is Time Smart about?

    Time Smart (2020) is a guide for shifting our emphasis from chasing money to valuing time, asserting that prioritizing time over money leads to increased happiness and personal well-being.

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    Time Smart (2020) guides readers on reclaiming their precious time and improving their overall well-being. Here's why this book stands out:

    • It offers evidence-based strategies to help us prioritize time for what truly matters, enhancing our productivity and satisfaction.
    • By exploring the psychology of time and sharing relatable stories, the book sheds light on our time-related behaviors and motivates us to make positive changes.
    • The book's practical tips and exercises empower readers to create a more balanced and fulfilling life, making the journey towards time management engaging and rewarding.

    Who should read Time Smart?

    • Busy professionals
    • Those seeking better work-life balance
    • Life optimization enthusiasts

    About the Author

    Ashley Whillans is an assistant professor at Harvard Business School and considered a leading voice in time and happiness research. She is well-known for her work on time poverty and its negative effects on personal and professional life.

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    What is the main message of Time Smart?

    Taking control of your time to live a happier and more fulfilling life.

    How long does it take to read Time Smart?

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    Is Time Smart a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Time Smart is essential for those seeking a balanced life. It provides valuable insights and practical strategies for time management.

    Who is the author of Time Smart?

    Ashley Whillans is the author of Time Smart.

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