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The Philosophy of Time Management: Brad Aeon (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Brad Aeon’s talk titled “The Philosophy of Time Management” at TEDxConcordia conference.

In this TEDx talk, time management researcher Brad Aeon discusses the deep connection between time management and philosophy. He begins by sharing a personal childhood epiphany about mortality and the finite nature of life, which led him to question the purpose of work and life. Aeon criticizes modern time management for its lack of philosophical depth, focusing merely on productivity rather than meaningful use of time.

He emphasizes the importance of asking fundamental philosophical questions about time, like its true value beyond monetary equivalence. Aeon challenges the belief that time cannot be managed, using historical examples to illustrate changes in time perception and usage. He advocates for integrating philosophical inquiry into time management to make it more meaningful and fulfilling.

Lastly, Aeon stresses the societal implications of time management, urging individuals to consider the broader impact of their choices on community and personal relationships.

Listen to the audio version here:


When I was six years old, my biggest fear was to get bored. I used to make to-do lists every single day that always had something to do. But one day, I was watching this documentary on sea turtles, and it said that sea turtles can live up to 150 years of age.

And I realized, as a six-year-old kid, that I’m probably not going to live that long. I’m going to die. It was such a strange realization: “Don’t you feel weird sometimes when you realize that no matter what you do in life, you’re still going to die in the end?”

So, I ran to my mother and asked her, “Mom, is it true that we’re all going to die someday? You, me, Dad, my friends?” And she said, “Yes, we’re all going to die. There’s nothing you can do about that.” And I was horrified.

I started to cry. And I cried so hard because of what death meant. It literally means the end of existence, the end of everything. And I wondered, “What’s the point of all this?”

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