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Time and How to Spend It


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

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James Wallman is a cultural commentator and trend forecaster, 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.


"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 *
"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 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 *

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