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Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time Hardcover – Mar 11 2014

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books (March 11 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374228442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374228446
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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HardCover. Pub Date :2014-03-11 Pages: 368 Language: English Publisher: Pan Macmillan US Can working parents in America-or anywhere-ever find true leisure timeAccording to the Leisure Studies Department at the University of Iowa. true leisure is that place in which we realize our humanity If that's true. argues Brigid Schulte. then were doing dangerously little realizing of our humanity In Overwhelmed. Schulte. a staff writer for The Washington Post. asks:.. Are our brains. our partners. our culture. and our bosses making it impossible for us to experience anything but contaminated time Schulte first asked this question in a 2010 feature for The Washington Post Magazine: How did researchers compile this statistic that said we were rolling in leisure-over four hours a day Did any of us feel that we actually had downtime Was there anything useful in their research-anything we ...

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laurie C Kelley on Dec 2 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 23 2014
Format: Hardcover
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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I really liked this book. It is more geared toward mothers but what it tell about men that try to be more present is quite interesting as well. Her comparison with other cultures is quite striking. While I am canadian and some elements where not quite related to my reality, it was close enough for me to relate to everything she said. You won't be able to make much changes with your life with this book but still a very interesting read. It also helped me redefine what I wanted from my family life and what I was ready to sacrifice to achieve that.
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SOOOOOO interesting!!! Definitely worth the buy. Very smart, well presented, well researched as well (from a sociological, leisure, feminist point of view).
Was my fist audio-book: there's lots of content and the audio makes it quite easy to take it all in.
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