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How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  2,030 ratings  ·  265 reviews
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day (1910), written by Arnold Bennett, is part of a larger work entitled How to Live. In this volume, he offers practical advice on how one might live (as opposed to just existing) within the confines of 24 hours a day.


The book has the following chapters:
• The Daily Miracle
• The Desire to Exceed One's Programme
• Precautions Before Beginn
Published 2013 by Starbooks Classics Publishing (first published 1908)
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Peter Heinrich
Flowery and funny self-help from the turn of the (last) century, this little book was an uncanny, spot-on description of my daily routine and how I often think of it. It was slightly shocking to hear my modern quotidian hang-ups called out by a guy addressing "clerks" in a time of 36-cent round-trip train tickets, since I tend to think of them as my personal hang-ups. As in, they're my cross to bear and no one else could possibly understand, yadda yadda yadda.

It was pleasantly deflating to be sh
Dan Tasse
This guy is quite a baller. "What I suggest is that at six o'clock you look facts in the face and admit that you are not tired (because you are not, you know)..." "'I hate all the arts!' you say. My dear sir, I respect you more and more." and a lot more badass quotes that I forgot to write down.

But also, he's an example that proves that this "lifestyle design" or even "time management" stuff wasn't born yesterday. He's writing this for the common middle-class you or me, who wishes to "accomplish
How to live on 24 hours a day?! … Oh tell me about it! I had always thought 24 hours in a day are never enough to do everything I want to do. Oftentimes I wished that a day extended to at least 34 hours. Some other times though, I wished for the clock to stop so that I get to do what I want without compromising the things I NEED to do. The dilemma between the wants and the needs is always a strenuous battle.

But Arnold Bennett managed to pacify and console my soul. Written 102 years ago (!!!), t
You might expect from the title that this book will be some kind of time management tome, but it is anything but that. The author is intent on making sure that people 'live' rather than merely 'exist'. He proposes just one method for this 'living': to use your time wisely and learn to expand your mind and concentration. Some of his advice may seem archaic, and yet it is still quite relevant today. In this age of mindless entertainment, it may be even more important to make an active decision in ...more
I thought of the question one day, and lo and behold, such a book exists. I wouldn't call it a masterpice, but the writing is something I could enjoy and rely on over and over again. It gives some very practical advice, reproaches and warnings when tackling this endeavor that many people come short of achieving all the time--optimally spending one's time. It's also very fun for me to glean the norms of the time when this was written.

For those who have not read it, I will start you off with this:
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, a very short work, (or perhaps more appropriately called a pamphlet), by Arnold Bennett, insists on the very high importance of living to the fullest, constantly and with all expedience. It is not a time-management guide, (as the length and title would suggest), but more of a brief examination of the importance of truly living, as opposed to mere monotonous and melancholy existence. General aims, and the means to employ them are suggested, and the author, (whom I h ...more
Amber Vanderpol
I enjoyed reading this slim little volume and reading some time management advice from quite a different era. Funny though, what he says I've read in many other modern books, only he says it far more succinctly and with greater style and humor. I think many time management type gurus of today fall into the trap he mentions in the last chapter - namely, they become prigs who take themselves far too seriously. Thankfully, this author does not. This makes this book far more entertaining and a lot s ...more
Sokcheng Seang
The amount of quotes needed to be highlighted is astonishing! One would think that it is a practical book, telling you how to cram everything into our 24 hours slot; however, it has more of a philosophical touch to it.

The author starts the book with an argument about how precious life is, how we all have this precious pearl of unstructured 24 hours per day (and no more). How we can all turn a new leaf if we want to. He encourages people to start changing from now on because the future hasn't ha
Ban nao minh yêu quy lăm, minh se giơi thiêu quyên nay cho ma đoc. Sach hay đên bât ngơ. Nôi dung dê hiêu, lơi le gian di, xen lân đâu đo la giong điêu hai hươc không lân vao đâu đươc cua Nguyên Hiên Lê - gi chư cư la sach cua bac nay dich thi minh luôn tin tương hêt mưc.
Mơ ngoăc la minh ghet sach kiêu self-help + how to lăm, nhưng cư sach cua bac Nguyên Hiên Lê dich la minh đăm đuôi đoc va hoc theo, chăng hiêu vi sao đong ngoăc.
Điêu minh thich vô cung ơ quyên nay la sư thâu hiêu đên tân tâm ca
Jun 09, 2008 Christine rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fuddy duddies
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I read this book in daily installments via, and it took two weeks. Two weeks of my life that I will never get back.

While the book opens with a decent premise (your 9-5 job sucks away your energy and joie de vivre, and this book promises to teach you how to reclaim the other 16 hours of your day and mold it into an affirming and enriching life) it falls too quickly into a murky quagmire of inexcusable flaws. I will number them for you.

1. This book is addressed quite specifically to
This book is not amazing, in fact the advice it offers is often outdated and not even applicable in a world where work, study, fun and even love evolve online. What was amazing, however, was the deep sense of comfort and understanding it gave me. I simply love Bennett in a strange, religious kind of way. He sounds so soothing and wise to me, I could follow him to the end of the world and never doubt a word of his. Or maybe it is just that he somehow manages to articulate many things I feel insid ...more
Vinoth Srinivasan
Could have used much simple words...
This book is hard to put down once you've started it, I started it one evening while laying in bed and kept reading it until 4am!! For all you go getters this book was published just for you.

I think this is a short yer powerful book. It makes you think about how the hours of your day just pass you by without you realizing it. It gives a nice plan for the better use of your time which is really easy to implement.
Keith Kendall
I enjoy reading books written 100 years ago. The writing style is delightfully different, and it is intriguing how words have changed. Not to mention attitudes. Nowadays, a book with this title would tell us how easy it is, and cheer us on - "you can do it." Not this book. It was written when cheerleading was not the self-help style.

After bantering the reader for a while, he gets around to some suggestions. For those who don't like his suggestions, he has other suggestions. In any case, mind co
I am not normally drawn to philosophy, which seems to me, like religion, to get caught up in eddies of meaningless dispute. Nor am I drawn to self-help, which seems to be one or two good sentences surrounded by a tremendous amount of padding. Sometimes, not even one good sentence. Anyway, I had gotten the idea that this was funny (I don't know where I came by that idea), so that's why I started it. "It'll make a nice little palate cleanser," I thought.

Ha! This is brilliant stuff. Okay, Bennett w
Tasneem Adel

تم نشر هذا الكتاب عام 1910، أى أنه نشر منذ 103 عام!
قد يبدو من عنوان الكتاب أنه يدور حول إدارة الوقت، فى الواقع موضوع إدارة الوقت يكاد يكون مناقشا على هامش موضوع الكتاب الأصلى و هو أن "نحيا" وليس مجرد أن "نتواجد" فقط. هذا الكتاب يهتم بمناقشة موضوع الوقت من وجهة نظر فلسفية مما يحث القارىء على التفكر.

خصص الكاتب الفصل الأول للتركيز على هذه النقطة ليضع أهمية أن "نحيا" نصب عينى القارىء الذى ظن أن الكتاب يدور حول إدارة الوقت و الذى يرى أنه ينام يأكل ليعمل ثم ينام ويأكل ليعمل وهكذا. أهم فصل فى الكتاب
Avel Rudenko
In the book, Bennett addressed the large and growing number of white-collar workers that had accumulated since the advent of the Industrial Revolution. In his view, these workers put in eight hours a day, 40 hours a week, at jobs they did not enjoy, and at worst hated. They worked to make a living, but their daily existence consisted of waking up, getting ready for work, working as little as possible during the work day, going home, unwinding, going to sleep, and repeating the process the next d ...more
Initially I thought this book would be another compilation of time-management advice. Not at all! Its emphasis is on the word "live" in the title, and the goal is to help you arrive at a feeling of having lived your life, rather than passing through it and feeling vaguely dissatisfied. The advised process by which you may achieve this is to revisit how you employ your non-work hours, and to use them to greater personal benefit through a combination of mental focus exercise, self-analysis, and en ...more
I really enjoyed this self-help book from 100 years ago for multiple reasons. It's a jolly good read because of the author's style, though I'm biased towards the British style. Also the author have very good insights into how people really work and can express things very clearly.

There were quite a few expressions that I should still look up (the language changed a lot since 1910) and many of the contemporary authors mentioned are unknown to me, but that does not take away from the message.

It is
I read this book because I can across a quote from this book about how one cannot waste time in advance. That is such a lovely and optimistic way to think about the future; even the very next hour seems filled with possibility. It was a quick read and quite enjoyable although dated.
Russell Yarnell
This is near 100 years old and still holds true for today.

Found this book mentioned in a blog post. It's the beginning of a new year and the post wanted to side step the typical resolutions.

This is a good short read and let's you reflect on life.
I listened to/read this book as Amazon's free book of the month to try out Whispersync with Audible. I'm glad I didn't pay good money for it. It was entertaining at first, but the author drilled the main idea a little too far in the beginning. I got it, thanks. My attention faded by the end. The one thing that struck me was that people over a hundred years ago felt they didn't have enough time in the day to do everything. While "everything" has certainly changed, some things never do.

At the end
Arnold Bennett’s „How to live on twenty-four hours a day” is the hint, the tip, yes, the epiphany we’ve all been seeking. It deals with one of our most serious problems: Not having enough hours in the day to do those things our souls tell us we should be doing. It deals also with the reverse side of this problem, which is having too much time to do the things that mean nothing to us at the close of day. We all get our fair share of time—24 hours and if there ever has been a better example of Equ ...more
Christine Fry
This is an amazing little public domain self-help book from the early 1900s. It provides tips for feeling like you're making the most out of every day. It's amazing because it describes the feeling of wasting time in a way that resonates, even though this book was written nearly 100 years before the Internet and modern time-wasting devices. It also feels reassuring that the sense of restlessness that probably many of us experience is a timeless human condition, not some individual failure. Grab ...more
How charming Mr. Bennett is! But for all his quaint language, this little book got me to sit up a little straighter and seriously think about my beliefs about time and my own somewhat lackadaisical time habits.
A gem. You have to forgive the Victorian, male-centric view to get at the insights in this book.

The fundamental point is that arranging one's life so that twice a week you can do 90 minutes study in an evening and can reflect on that and one's self whilst commuting to work the next day - is the foundation for a profound shift into meaningful specialisation / expertise and achievement.

It requires mental discipline to keep to the task at hand but the payoff is progress to a purpose aligned with on
An interesting little book - in some ways quite similar to modern day self-help books about making the most of your time, and doing things to improve the quality of your life (it's more about that than time management). Bennett talks about how we all are given 24 hours a day, regardless of social circumstance - that we're all quite equal in that regard. He doesn't seem aware of how in reality a person in poorer circumstances may have more demands on their time in order to make ends meet. He als ...more
A number of reviews on here mention that the book doesn't give much in the way of practical advice on how to manage your time, and I agree with those reviews. However, the book does make some excellent points about how much time we all have each day. It can be quite shocking to hear the quotidian breakdown, especially in light of time wasters that did not exist when the book was written such as television, Facebook, and such. If anything, it's much easier to waste time now in unproductive (and u ...more
David Ranney
“Which of us is not saying to himself all his life: "I shall alter that when I have a little more time?"

We never shall have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is.
A terse and cheeky synthesis of every corner of the self-help world (meditation, zen, productivity, etc.). Written for middle-class Brits over 100 years ago, its wisdom rings remarkably true today, perhaps even more so. And unlike modern books on the subject, there is no fat to trim -- Bennett accompli
This classic book tells us philosophy of our time consumption. We had to understand basic psychology of human beings to see how we are utlizing our mind & brain power to act on daily tasks.

It is good for anyone who wants to find a clue on how your life is going through days by days unconsciously.

The difference is: it will not give you specific advice (like steps by steps to success), but rather give you an examination of normal days for you to think through and adjust yourself.

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Enoch Arnold Bennett (always known as Arnold Bennett) was one of the most remarkable literary figures of his time, a product of the English Potteries that he made famous as the Five Towns. Yet he could hardly wait to escape his home town, and he did so by the sheer force of his ambition to succeed as an author. In his time he turned his hand to every kind of writing, but he will be remembered for ...more
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“The proper, wise balancing
of one's whole life may depend upon the
feasibility of a cup of tea at an unusual hour.”
“Which of us is not saying to himself
which of us has not been saying to himself all
his life:
I shall alter that when I have a little
more time"?
We never shall have any more time. We
have, and we have always had, all the time
there is.”
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