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If the most precious thing we have is time, the most highly prized expertise should be knowing how to spend it well. Yet, busier than ever, do we really understand which experiences bring us joy and success, and which don’t?

After all, we’ve learned how to spot the difference between junk foods and superfoods. When you discover the equivalent rules for time, it’ll change how you live your life.

In his first book since the era-defining Stuffocation, cultural commentator and bestselling author James Wallman investigates the persistent problem of wasted, unfulfilling time, and finds a powerful answer — a revolutionary approach to life based on the latest scientific discoveries. At its heart is the inspiring revelation that, when you play by the new rules, you can actively choose better experiences.

Bursting with original stories, fresh takes on tales you thought you knew, and insights from psychology, economics, and culture, Time and How to Spend It reveals a seven-point checklist that’ll help you avoid empty experiences, and fill your free hours with exciting and enriching ones instead.

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About the Author


I used to live in Palo Alto. I worked at the Palo Alto Research Center (where they discovered the mouse!). I’d get up earlier at the weekend than weekdays, to go surf in Santa Cruz. I love reading, writing and experiences… from the roller coasters at Six Flags in LA to horse riding in the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, to hearing unsigned bands in Nashville. I’m a Sector Specialist, Experience Economy at the UK’s Department for International Trade, advising the government on its experience economy strategy. I live in London at present, with my wife who’s just trained to be an actress, and 2 awesome kids: Woody is learning to write, Indy-May can ride her bike and is learning to roller blade.

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