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How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  3,082 Ratings  ·  367 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
Apr 10, 2013 Peter Heinrich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, humor
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
Mar 09, 2011 Dan Tasse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
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
May 15, 2012 Yzobelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, audio-books
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
Jun 06, 2013 Tisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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:
Nov 04, 2008 Tricia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: daily-lit, 2008
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
Ina Cawl
Dec 31, 2015 Ina Cawl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Bennett urges hourly workers to use "spare" time to improve their lives, making the best of their time outside of work. He understands that most people are spending as much time as possible working to make more money, thus disliking their lives. "Time is money" seriously understates this matter, more time can generate more money, but money cannot buy you more time
Feb 01, 2013 Eli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Abhijeet Jain
Mar 31, 2017 Abhijeet Jain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Rating: 4.5/5

When I started reading this book, I had no idea about it being hundred years old!

At the start, I felt that the tone of the writer is far different than what I am used to reading, after few pages I started loving the book, only after which I googled about it!

As the name says, the book teaches you how to live with satisfaction. It talks about your daily life & points towards the wrongs being done by you.

I have read several self-help books, most of them share more or less the sa
Amber Vanderpol
Aug 23, 2013 Amber Vanderpol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, ebook
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
May 22, 2008 Christine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fuddy duddies
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Shelves: non-fiction
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
Sokcheng Seang
Jul 14, 2013 Sokcheng Seang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I thought this was excellent. Little over hundred pages long and you can finish it in one sitting. It was written in the early 1900s and the message is still very very relevant today. Arnold Bennett tries to show you how to make the most of the day that you have and focus. I agree with a lot of what he says here because I would like to think that I live by the mentality also. Time is not money. Time is God to many. We are on this earth “for 4 days” as they say in my part of the world so how anyo ...more
Deborah O'Carroll
Jul 19, 2014 Deborah O'Carroll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
A delightful little book/essay (can one call it a pamphlet if it’s an ebook…?) of 60-ish pages from 1908. I heard about it I believe from some random NaNoWriMo pep-talk or news email or something… Chris Baty or some person with a high position at NaNo randomly mentioned it (wish I could remember where!) and linked to it being free on kindle or, so I randomly downloaded it at the time and promptly didn’t read it for a year or so.

I finally did.

I found to be fascinating, hilarious,
Oct 27, 2012 Speranza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2015 Laz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmad Hossam
Brilliantly written, never lacking in its sense of humour, concise and practical. The author’s style is engaging and empathetic, and his suggested program is not hard to follow. I liked how he describes time and the haunting feeling of wasting one’s life without doing what he had always aspired to. Dying in a trip to Mecca without ever reaching there is better than not to have taken any steps at all. It is okay to fail as long as it doesn’t affect your self-esteem. Start by taking baby steps and ...more
Rayene ZiaÐi
A timeless piece that doesn't play around with words and gets straight to the point,
this book shows ou the importance of living instead of mere existing that it shows you how to do it!
Although it was writing in 1906 when they didn't even have all this social media embedded in their daily lives as we do , the book is still strangely very applicable. this tiny book is to be treasured and as my first "self help book" i can proudly say it'll get me to red more !
Apr 30, 2013 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Vinoth Srinivasan
Could have used much simple words...
Nadin Adel
Knowing that the book is old enough doesn't alter the truth that it adds nothing to managing your time.
Kenia Sedler
Sep 07, 2016 Kenia Sedler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These 84 pages delivered above what I had expected.

Read this with your "history goggles" on, realizing that Arnold Bennett wrote this for the upper-middle/high class working man with plenty of time to spare after work, but who trudges home exhausted after a day's work and faces the rest of his life without any sense of purpose. Bennett addresses the reader: " see friends; you potter; you play cards; you flirt with a book; you note that old age is creeping on you; you take a stroll; you car
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
Avel Rudenko
Aug 03, 2009 Avel Rudenko rated it really liked it
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
Mar 03, 2014 Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
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
Tasneem Adel
Jan 30, 2013 Tasneem Adel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Jan 04, 2009 Kiri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 11, 2011 Gergely rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
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
Jan 19, 2014 Bronwyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Erik Delgadillo
Aug 29, 2016 Erik Delgadillo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Wow, me sorprendió muchísimo que partiendo del hecho de que vivimos sin aprovechar las 24 horas que nos brinda el día se desarrolle todo un ensayo sobre tantas cosas. Definitivamente causó un impacto muuuy positivo en mí y estoy seguro que aplicaré muchos de los consejos que vienen aquí.

El único detalle que me hizo no darle 5 estrellas es: ¡¿Quién le dijo al señor que leer cualquier novela no es cultivar la mente y es lectura “sencilla”?! Me pareció alarmante que una persona que ha escrito tant
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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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