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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #606,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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9 of 9 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
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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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By Anita Papp on Sept. 15 2014
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Great book, I loved to read it. Now I know why am I overwhelmed and don't have time.
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0 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Elva Sullivan on 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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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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
Read this and be inspired that change is possible March 12 2014
By Jessica DeGroot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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.
32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
It's Good To Know I'm Not Alone March 11 2014
By Michele T. Woodward - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book and I have to say - having read it cover to cover - that Brigid Schulte breaks open the modern conundrum that is parenting. If you are not a working parent, this book may not be as relevant to you. But for me, Schulte examined the challenges thoroughly, and brought in relevant research in a way that enlightened me and made me feel like "it's not just me who's having this problem." I admire the way she draws from her own life to illustrate situations, and also seeks out others and tells their stories. Again, if you are a working parent who's looking for a path out of overwhelm - or you are a law maker or business leader who's trying to remedy the situation - this is an excellent place to start. Read the book.
30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Searching for time to work, love and play? March 11 2014
By Anne D. Perryman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
In my role as editor of the Work & Family Life newsletter, I jumped at the chance to read Brigid Shulte's new book Overwhelmed. It is fascinating. Schulte (a Washington Post reporter) examines what has changed and what has stayed the same since the 1970’s. Women are fully engaged in what used to be a "man’s world," but workplace policies and cultural attitudes still act as though it is 1950. Shulte explores why we’re “stuck” in this way and why our sense of being overwhelmed has persisted. This was never just a “mommy issue,” she says. It's also an issue for dads, kids, the workplace and for society, especially one that purports to value families so highly. I liked Schulte's positive, practical suggestions on how to incorporate into my life all of the things I need and want to do. Highly recommended.

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