Overwhelmed in The City

Brigid Schulte “Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time” [Sarah Crichton Books (March 11, 2014)]
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“According 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 we’re 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 could do?”
Overwhelmed is a map of the stresses that have ripped our leisure to shreds, and a look at how to put the pieces back together. Schulte speaks to neuroscientists, sociologists, and hundreds of working parents to tease out the factors contributing to our collective sense of being overwhelmed, seeking insights, answers, and inspiration. She investigates progressive offices trying to invent a new kind of workplace; she travels across Europe to get a sense of how other countries accommodate working parents; she finds younger couples who claim to have figured out an ideal division of chores, childcare, and meaningful paid work. Overwhelmed is the story of what she found out.”
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For reviews, see
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303730804579435101711671022
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/books/review/overwhelmed-by-brigid-schulte.html?_r=0
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/mar/25/overwhelmed-work-love-play-no-one-time-review-brigid-schulte
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/review-overwhelmed-work-love-and-play-when-no-one-has-the-time-by-brigid-schulte/2014/03/21/f5649324-9e6f-11e3-9ba6-800d1192d08b_story.html
http://workingmoms.about.com/od/bookreviews/fl/Review-of-Brigid-Schultes-Book-Overwhelmed.htm

“Most time management advice rests on the unspoken assumption that it’s possible to win the game: to find a slot for everything that matters. But if the game’s designed to be unwinnable, Schulte suggests, you can permit yourself to stop trying. There’s only one viable time management approach left (and even that’s only really an option for the better-off). Step one: identify what seem to be, right now, the most meaningful ways to spend your life. Step two: schedule time for those things. There is no step three. Everything else just has to fit around them – or not. Approach life like this and a lot of unimportant things won’t get done, but, crucially, a lot of important things won’t get done either. Certain friendships will be neglected; certain amazing experiences won’t be had; you won’t eat or exercise as well as you theoretically could. In an era of extreme busyness, the only conceivable way to live a meaningful life is to not do thousands of meaningful things.”
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/apr/19/change-your-life-stop-being-busy
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Brigid Schulte is an award-winning journalist for the Washington Post and Washington Post magazine. She was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize. She is also a fellow at the New America Foundation. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two children. She grew up in Oregon and spent summers in Wyoming, where she did not feel overwhelmed.
See http://www.brigidschulte.com/

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