|Pages/Publication Date:||96 / 2020|
An immensely productive novelist, playwright, and journalist, Arnold Bennett knew a thing or two about overwork. Recognizing that changes in society had generated a wave of white collar workers, Bennett wrote this 1908 guidebook to address the fact that most of them were suffering 40 hours per week at jobs they loathed, many of whom felt that they didn't have any time for leisure or smelling the proverbial roses. Extra time could be found at the beginning of the day, Arnold counsels here, by waking up early, making use of the commute, and making better use of weekends. Addressing the fact that people no longer know what to do with themselves—a problem we still have today—he makes the case for reading great literature, taking an interest in the arts, learning self-discipline, and reflecting on life.