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Four Thousand Weeks | ChooseFI Book Club | Ep 415

In this episode: slowing down, stoicism, finding something to neglect on purpose, focusing on the present, flow states, and actionable steps.

Throughout the history of this podcast we have had many guests discuss books that have offered great advice and education to them on the Journey to FI, and with the large selection to choose from we can’t think of a better time to start working down the list! On today’s episode, we are joined by Josue and Ginger in our new series The Choose FI Book Club. This week, we’ll be sharing our thoughts and takeaways from the book “4,000 Weeks: Time Management for Mortals” by Oliver Burkeman, as well as share some opinions on the book from our listeners who shared their opinions with us! While many of us on the Journey to FI feel that this lifestyle can be very future-driven, it can be overwhelming to want to accomplish so much with only so much time. This book reminds us that time is finite, and you can’t spend it worrying about what you have or haven’t yet accomplished. Instead, it may be best to live in the present and appreciate the day to day as it relates to your journey. Having a timeline and working towards the finish line is part of the journey, but remember that the decisions you are making in your life and the experiences that come with it are just as important as the end result!

Book Club Selection:


  • 1:48 – Introduction
  • 2:41 – The Concept Of Reading And Retaining
  • 6:23 – Slowing Down And Focusing On What’s Important
  • 10:20 – Stephanie’s Observation
  • 18:53 – Amy’s Observation And Stoicism
  • 23:52 – You Can’t Do Everything And CJ’s Observation
  • 30:29 – Choosing Something To Neglect On Purpose
  • 33:34 – Shelleys Voicemail And Finding Time To Spend With Others
  • 39:42 – Josh’s Voicemail And Planning For The Future While Not Forgetting The Present
  • 46:31 – Flow States
  • 50:27 – Gayle’s Perspective And Criticism Counterpoints
  • 57:45 – The Action Steps Taken By YOU
  • 61:47 – Our Actionable Steps
  • 65:34 – Conclusion

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