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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  1,771 ratings  ·  239 reviews
This classic personal-time management book is a challenge to leave behind mundane everyday concerns and focus on pursuing one's true desires.
Paperback, 84 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Shambling Gate Press (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
Jun 09, 2008 Chrissy 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
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
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
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.

Well, this was quite helpful, despite its short length and kind of scarce advice. I'm not sure how to approach it, so I'm writing some of the ideas that I liked and intend to follow.

- when you have to get from A to B, thinking about a certain subject helps you, in time, concentrate better

- for example, if you read a short chapter of classical literature in the evening, the next morning you can think about that while going to work

- the subjects you are interested in can be the focus of the evenin
A MUST READ! This book was short but full of good perspectives. And even though Bennett is not the most modern writer (he lived in England from 1867 to 1931), everything he says still applies to today with a wonderful dose of humor. I can't say enough about the book. I happened to read this book at exactly the right time in my life, but I know that it would be a meaningful read for anyone.
Why so many 5-star reviews, Amazon? is it really the draw (the lure. hook in mouth. sinker) of a free book?

... because this is a turn-of-the-century version of GET OFF YOUR ASS AND ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING. To be sure, those are useful words for us living in the time of Teh Internet -- yet the author omitted How -- and I am more interested in Why (also omitted).
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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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