Minds and Mics

Nick Wignall

Psychologist Nick Wignall interviews experts in the fields of psychology, mental health, and human potential to better understand how the mind works and how we can make it work for us to improve our lives in practical, meaningful ways. read less
Existential Time Management with Oliver Burkeman
Existential Time Management with Oliver Burkeman
Oliver Burkeman joins me to talk about the problem with the narrow concept of time management and how we mere mortals ought to think about managing our time instead.Show NotesTime management for 4-year-oldsThe narrow vs broad meaning of time managementThe importance trap and the temptation to “clear the decks”Anti-skills, negative capability, and the superpower that is emotional toleranceThe Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive ThinkingElizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic The relationship between expectations and controlDavid Kane’s Raptitude Weirdly modern conceptions of timeMeditation teacher Joseph Goldstein Are all expectations unhealthy?Zen and the Art of Motorcycle MaintenanceThe case for wasting time and atelic activities Oliver’s to-do list recommendationsCal Newport’s Deep Work James Hollis’ Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life Susan Jeffers' Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and Embracing Uncertainty What’s wrong with the self-help genre?The wounded healer Jesse Singal and cranky self-helpDavid Brook’s The Second Mountain Marilynne Robinson“Will this choice enlarge me or diminish me?”Douglas Harding’s On Having No Head Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life Mary Oliver: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”Learn more about Oliver and his work here:Oliver’s book: Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals Oliver’s website and (excellent) weekly newsletter: OliverBurkeman.com Get New Episodes FirstLearn more about the Minds & Mics podcast here, including how to subscribe and get all my newest episodes as soon as they’re released.