I'm Oliver Burkeman, author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking (2012) and Help! How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done (2011), a collection of my columns for the Guardian newspaper.
My new book, Four Thousand Weeks, is now available for pre-order! It's about making the most of our radically finite lives in a world of impossible demands, relentless distraction and political insanity (and 'productivity techniques' that mainly just make everyone feel busier). Find out more about the book and pre-order it here.
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In my journalism, I've made the case for rediscovering unfashionable old-school psychoanalysis as a path to self-understanding; explored how the news took over reality; and argued that we should stop accusing people of being on the wrong side of history. I've also written about tackling overload by limiting your work-in-progress; tolerating the discomfort involved in getting better at your creative work; how to figure out if you're the underfunctioner or the overfunctioner in your relationship – and how liberating it is to remember that everyone is totally just winging it, all the time.