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Can working parents ever find true leisure time?

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 that are 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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BRIGID SCHULTE is an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post and The Washington Post Magazine. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and their two children.

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Read this and be inspired that change is possible 12 mars 2014
Par Jessica DeGroot - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
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.
61 internautes sur 68 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Overwhelmed is a must read for today's workforce. 11 mars 2014
Par Laurie C Kelley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
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.
15 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Underwhelmed: How a Deceptive Title is Useful for Making a Bestseller 25 mai 2015
Par Desert Rat - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is a very deceptive title. It makes you think that there will actually be tips about how to manage these areas of your life but you can head straight to the appendix and get the gist of it. I am a 45 year old married man with four kids trying to make it all work and naively thought this may have some useful information for me to survive through the days. It is actually a feminist lament of what is holding back American moms from having it all. I couldn't help thinking that the feminist movement is going on 50 years now, and from reading this, women don't seem to be much better for it. Of course, at the end of the day, it is still the men who need to get with the program and figure it out. I slogged through it only to warn anyone who thought it might contain valuable information. If you would like to wallow in discontent then it is for you. By the way, my wife read some of this and was amazed that I could stick with the nonsense all the way to the end. She would have thrown it on the trash heap after the first 25 pages.

Here are the main themes:
1) Men are not doing enough work around the house and contributing sufficiently to childrearing. She uses her husband as an example who sits on the back porch smoking a cigar while she cleans up the dishes after dinner and on Thanksgiving grabs a six pack of beer and heads to his friends house to help him cook his turkey while she is left to deal with Thanksgiving dinner by herself. (I have to say that I would never do this to my wife, I don't know any husbands who would do this, nor would any husband who cares at all. Maybe she chose poorly?? He needs to learn - Happy Wife, Happy Life.)
2) Government needs to take a more active role in childcare so that parents are freed up to have more leisure time (also note, she indicates that the government is probably better at it anyways, since natural parents cannot possibly give kids the "stimulation" they need)
3) Europe is the model for how to do it right with childcare and leisure time. She uses Denmark as the example of how awesome and friendly the government is to couples who have kids with their childcare and work policies. Instead of them being some enlightened pixies, could it be because in 1983 the fertility rate dropped to 1.38 children per couple and the country was in danger of falling into economic ruin so they needed to make it more attractive to have kids? Japan is going through the same thing now as well as a number of other European countries.
4) Finally, although it is a small mention, let's not forget the positive role models that gay couples can be. "To get the stalled gender revolution moving again, heterosexual couples need look no further than gay couples." You can read the rest if you are interested.

So, at the end of the day, how do we pay for all this? Let me guess, higher taxes and more entrenched government in our lives. Also, once we accept that others are more capable of raising our kids than the parents are, we have tipped over the edge. How long has government been raising kids - about 100 years tops. How long have parents been raising kids? The rest of recorded and unrecorded history. I think we've done alright.

The only useful tips I can glean are: you can't get everything done so figure out a way to make peace with your self, stop the fallacy of multitasking, make lists so you can free your mind from the constant nag of things to do. That's it, and I already do these. If you choose to buy this one, good luck. Try "Driven to Distraction at Work." It has many flaws but is semi-useful.
35 internautes sur 43 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Must read for busy parents!!! 11 mars 2014
Par Daniel Bender - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
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.
19 internautes sur 23 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Hectic and stressed contemporary life. 21 mars 2014
Par Sinohey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The impetus of this book is the “frenetic family”, a couple raising young children while both spouses work outside the home; trying to juggle jobs, child rearing, house chores, social commitments, intimate time and leisure. But is is much more. It is a treatise about our culture. A “Quo Vadis” to our society ?

Brigid Schulte, a Pulitzer prize winner staff writer for The Washington Post, investigates why “busyness” has become so pervasive in our lives; when “I am busier than thou” is the lauded ethos. Words like “constantly on the run”, crazy”, “way too fast”, “can’t find the time”, “hectic” and multitasking” have become commonplace in conversation. But more of the burden seems to fall on women who try to “have it all”, a career while being a homemaker, a wife and a mother; over 70 percent of American mothers work. Schulte asks, “What if not just women, but both men and women, worked smart, more flexible schedules? What if the workplace itself was more fluid than the rigid and narrow ladder to success of the ideal worker? And what if both men and women became responsible for raising children and managing the home, sharing work, love, and play? Could everyone then live whole lives?”
In her quest, Schulte called on anthropologists, managers, neuroscientists, time analysts and sociologists. She interviewed hundreds of working parents and travelled to European countries to get answers.
In America, the best worker is the one able to multitask and works faster and longer; the most successful, smartest and competent employee has the most facetime, is first to show up and the last to leave, “Those without a lot of personal commitments.” Often the result is paucity of leisure time, even burnout and acedia (a state of restlessness and inability to work or concentrate). Free time is perceived differently for men and women. = No spoilers here=

“Leisure has been trivialized — something only silly girls want, to have time to shop and gossip.” (B. Hunnicutt). It is “that place in which we realize our humanity.” (Univ. of Iowa). The irony is it was predicted that in the 21st century we would all have lots of leisure time. During the 1950s, politicians and economists boasted that by the end of the century, Americans would work only 22 hours a week, six months a year, and even retire before age 40. The economist John Maynard Keynes (1983-1946) envisioned a 15-hour work week for us to enjoy “the hour and the day virtuously and well.” Even Eisenhower optimistically averred that “leisure . . . will be abundant, so that all can develop the life of the spirit, of reflection, of religion, of the arts, of the full realization of the good things of the world.”
But this utopia was not to be; expenses shot up and wages stagnated. Jobs migrated overseas, manufacturing has become less mechanical and more automated, and technical and scientific knowledge-based professions are most in demand. Also, we work “to able to buy stuff”; in 2011 American consumers spent $1.2 trillion, or 11.2% of all consumer spending, on unnecessary stuff (compared to 4% in 1959).

The author discovered a “raft of new research” that proved “better work gets done when workers have more control over and predictability about their time and work flow,” and that employees “are more engaged, productive, and innovative when they have full lives at home and are refreshed with regular time off.” Schulte cites several European models and has suggestions for the ideal work environment. Also, found that couples who develop an equitable division of house chores and childcare, while having meaningful paid work, have more time for leisure and recreation.
According to Pythagoras, “Time is the soul of this world.”

The reader will acquire new phrases, “time confetti”, “contaminated time”, “task density” and “gender divergence” but may be overwhelmed (pun intended) by the exhaustive research and over layering of information. Although written from a woman's viewpoint, it is a trove of information about time management, gender work models and the benefits of leisure that would be of interest to most adults of both sexes.
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