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Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time [Hardcover]

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Like no book out there, Overwhelmed gives us deep insight into the ways in which our lives have become so complicated in today's fast paced society. Heavily researched, the author also looks at workplace and family dynamics in other parts of the world, in contrast to our American practices. The book will make you think more deeply about the way you are spending the precious gift of time, especially if you are a parent. Additionally, people who are not caregivers will get a deeper understanding of the demands of balancing family needs with our careers. It'll make you think, laugh, reflect and hopefully move forward with more purpose in working through this one and only life. I loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Bookish Thoughts... May 23 2014
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Time never changes. A week will always contain 168 hours. So the burning question lingers: in the face of never-ending responsibilities and constant access to information technology, how can we effectively manage our time without feeling swamped? Through meticulous and thoughtful research, Brigid Schulte reveals the areas in which humans waste the most time and offers concrete advice on how to reclaim lost moments.

"Overwhelmed" asserts that the notion of the "ideal worker" (a man who can devote hours to the task at hand) still dominates the workplace, discounting the millions of women trying to juggle a career and family life. Women constantly multitask and become fragmented and exhausted as a result. Thus, Schulte advocates for a system that would provide flexible hours, paid mat/pat leave and consideration of leisure time.

Schulte looks to the Danes for inspiration as they boast one of the best ratios of work-to-vacation time in the world. Supported by numerous examples, Schulte’s time-management ideas erase ambivalence and empower readers to enjoy moments rather than a madly dashing from one task to the next. Reading this eye-opening analysis certainly proves an effective use of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 15 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great book, I loved to read it. Now I know why am I overwhelmed and don't have time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to order book, ended up with a CD ... July 25 2014
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Wanted to order book, ended up with a CD. !2 hours long, way to long to listen too, was a mistake to order this book/CD.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overwhelmed is a must read for today's workforce. March 11 2014
By Laurie C Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Like no book out there, Overwhelmed gives us deep insight into the ways in which our lives have become so complicated in today's fast-paced society. Heavily researched, the author also looks at workplace and family dynamics in other parts of the world, in contrast to our American practices. The book will make you think more deeply about the way you are spending the precious gift of time, especially if you are a parent, and even if you aren't. Additionally, people who are not caregivers will get a deeper understanding of the demands of balancing family needs with our careers. It'll make you think, laugh, reflect and hopefully move forward with more purpose in working through this one and only life. I loved it. So much I even found/made time to read the entire book.
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this and be inspired that change is possible March 12 2014
By Jessica DeGroot - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who has been involved in these issues professionally and personally for the last 20 years, I can honestly say this is the best book I have read on the topic. Not only does it provide cutting edge reporting, Brigid Schulte’s willingness to share her own experiences wrestling with these issues, also makes it a real page turner.
Throughout the book she provides an excellent analysis of what contributes to our sense of overwhelm and how badly it is impacting us. However, she also inspires us with a number of important “bright spots” – including the description of a number of truly modern workplaces that aren’t just saying they support their employees to live whole lives, they are actually making it happen.
Too often people feel stuck by the web of forces that make a more satisfying approach to work and life feel out of reach. Schulte’s book will help you better understand the challenges and inspire you that change is possible.
29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for busy parents!!! March 11 2014
By Daniel Bender - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Even with massive amount of research presented Mrs. Schulte personalizes the information in a way that makes this a compelling read. I had so many ah-ha moments while I read this starting with the idea of contaminated time. It was also incredibly helpful to read about how we look at the leisure needs of men and women. There's just to many tidbits to share but you definitely walk away from the book feeling the need to free up personal time. Her arguments are incredibly effective.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Enjoyable March 11 2014
By Cynthia Calvert - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished reading the kindle edition of Overwhelmed - once I started it, I couldn't put it down. In her highly readable style, Ms. Schulte weaves together studies, interviews with experts and personal anecdotes to show us where we are with respect to work and life and how we got here. She triggered several "aha moments" for me about choices I have made in juggling work and family, and her discussion of how spouses/partners negotiate work and family was very true to life. I particularly appreciated the book's discussion of where we go from here - rather than just describing the problem, Ms. Schulte provides examples of more fulfilling ways to work and live to which we can aspire. I highly recommend this book.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good reason to stay childless March 15 2014
By Rebecca Bartlett - Published on Amazon.com
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Evolution design humans one way, but modern civilization is forcing us to conform to an unnatural set of circumstances. Moms are supposed to work, but society tells us to be guilty about it so we spend more time taking the kids to activities, cleaning the house, volunteering for the PTA. The end result--everyone's stressed and no one's happy.

This book breaks down why that is but the research Shulte pulls together is overwhelming in scope. She could have made her points and backed them up with half the word count used. Still, it's worth the read. What you're feeling--exhaustion, depression, etc.--has a scientific explanation and the research to make improvements is also covered.
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