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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.

Twitter : @Brigid Schulte

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46 internautes sur 49 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
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 67 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.
19 internautes sur 22 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.
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.
11 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Great topic but narrow focus on working moms. 15 avril 2015
Par Elisabeth Forrest - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book left me with more questions than answers and didn't provide much in the way of practical information on how to lead a calmer and less overwhelmed life. To be fair, there was great general information and some very fascinating studies discussing time use, particularly in comparison to other countries. I enjoyed reading the book and found it to be well written and much of the information to be interesting, it just wasn't very constructive in terms of advice on de-cluttering my time or being less overwhelmed by all I [feel I] need to do.

My main complaint with this book is its bias toward working mothers. I've got news for Ms. Schulte; stay-at-home parents and single working folks with no kids have the same issues with being overwhelmed. There is more going on in our society than simply employers wanting more face-time at the office or being inefficient in how we use our time. My kids are grown, I own my own business and can set whatever hours I like and I am overwhelmed. Ditto for my husband. Ditto for my single twenty-something daughter (and my other twenty-something daughter, and my twenty-something son, and from what I can tell, most of their cousins and friends). I was lucky enough to be able to stay at home with my kids through the bulk of their childhoods and guess what? I was WAY overwhelmed and incredibly guilty about it. I mean come on, what's up with being supported by a spouse and having three kids in school all day and still being overwhelmed? What was wrong with me? Luckily I knew lots of women, and a few men, in the same predicament so I know it wasn't just me. Nothing changed when they all moved out - still overwhelmed trying to get it all done. My mother and her friends (in their 80s and 90s) say things are different now - THEY feel overwhelmed in a way they didn't in the past. Something is going on beyond just demanding jobs and I'm looking for a book that addresses that issue.

Anyway, bottom line is this is an interesting and well written book (major kudos for any and all good writing!) with a narrow focus and not much in the way of real help in overcoming 'overwhelm'.
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