Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time
In her attempts to juggle work and family life, Brigid Schulte has baked cakes until 2 a.m., frantically (but surreptitiously) sent important emails during school trips and then worked long into the night after her children were in bed. Realising she had become someone who constantly burst in late, trailing shoes and schoolbooks and biscuit crumbs, she began to question, like so many of us, whether it is possible to be anything you want to be, have a family and still have time to breathe.
So when Schulte met an eminent sociologist who studies time and he told her she enjoyed thirty hours of leisure each week, she thought her head was going to pop off.
What followed was a trip down the rabbit hole of busy-ness, a journey to discover why so many of us ?nd it near-impossible to press the 'pause' button on life and what got us here in the ?rst place.
Overwhelmed maps the individual, historical, biological and societal stresses that have ripped working mothers' and fathers' leisure to shreds, and asks how it might be possible for us to put the pieces back together.
Seeking insights, answers and inspiration, Schulte explores everything from the wiring of the brain and why workplaces are becoming increasingly demanding, to worldwide differences in family policy, how cultural norms shape our experiences at work, our unequal division of labour at home and why it's so hard for everyone – but women especially – to feel they deserve an elusive moment of peace.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - arosoff - LibraryThing
I've read or have seen several books in the same vein (women, work life balance, parenting), so Schulte is trodding popular territory here. They've all come out at around the same time, though, so I ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - barrettlucero - LibraryThing
I really enjoyed this book and found it eye opening and applicable to my life. I think it has some blind spots about socio-economic class and work/play, but overall I found it very satisfying, and maybe even life changing. Well-researched and well written. Read full review
PREFACE TO THE 2015 EDITION
LEISURE IS FOR NUNS
TOO BUSY TO LIVE
THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING BRAIN
THE IDEAL WORKER IS NOT YOUR MOTHER
A TALE OF TWO PATS
WHEN WORK WORKS
THE STALLED GENDER REVOLUTION
DADS WANT TO HAVE IT ALL
HYGGE IN DENMARK
LET US PLAY
TOWARD TIME SERENITY
DO ONE THING
THE CULT OF INTENSIVE MOTHERHOOD
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Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time
Limited preview - 2015