Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time Hardcover – Mar 11 2014
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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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I first saw this book online, as I searched my way through the Chapters/Indigo website. At that point in my life I felt rather bogged down by scheduling and trying to squeeze sleep into tiny corners of time. As a family, we were juggling long drives back and forth between my step-children’s school and our own home every other day. We attended two to four sports practices and one to three sporting events per week – many of which were held outside of the city. Personally, I was also juggling a part-time job, volunteer work and working toward my bachelor’s degree. I had become a coffee junkie and had nearly taken multiple baseballs to the head whilst attempting to study or write term papers at baseball games.
Was I happy? Yes. What I tired? Yes. There were days when I felt like there had to be some sort of balance to be had. I often looked around myself and overheard conversations between parents at various sporting events:
“My little Jimmy plays soccer, hockey, baseball and runs track twice a week,” the first parent would say.
“Oh, well I have to drive Suzy to gymnastics and golf lessons twice a week and Kelly to her gymnastics, but hers is on a different day. Then there’s Kelly’s 4-H club which meets once a week.Read more ›
"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.
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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I love what I have been able to read...but like the title says, Overwhelmed..so I need to take so time to read this to be able to gain the knowledge I wanted from this book.Published 15 months ago by Sophie Lacoste
Great book, I loved to read it. Now I know why am I overwhelmed and don't have time.Published 22 months ago by Anita Papp