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Journalist Schulte manages to take a fairly pedestrian topic, the value of leisure in modern American society, and turn it into a compelling narrative on work, play, and personal achievement. Liberally peppered with her own experiences as a wife, mother, and Washington Post reporter, this artful blend of memoir and cultural exploration asks hard questions about how to create a well-lived life. Is leisure a waste of time, or the only time to “live fully present”? Are we more concerned about a purpose-driven experience, or bogged down in “banal busyness”? Schulte, juggling the demands of children and work while facing conflicts with her spouse over familial responsibilities, realizes that she is mired in busyness. Her discussions with a wide range of experts clarify her concerns and open her mind to the manufactured madness of a competitive culture and the false promise of the ruthlessly dedicated “ideal worker.” Schulte follows every lead to uncover why Americans are so determined to exhaust themselves for work and what has been lost in the process. For Lean In (2013) fans, and everyone who feels overwhelmed. --Colleen Mondor --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“Every parent, every caregiver, every person who feels besieged by permanent busyness, must read this book.” ―Anne-Marie Slaughter

“[Schulte's] a detective in a murder mystery: Who killed America's leisure time, and how do we get it back?” ―Lev Grossman, Time

“[Schulte] not only captures the conundrum so many people face, but also offers some practical solutions. . . . I found many of the anecdotes and stories personally instructive.” ―Andrew Ross Sorkin, The New York Times

“Incredibly well-researched . . . [Overwhelmed] tackles something we all feel every day.” ―Goop

“Schulte can report with the best of them and is honest and insightful. She perfectly captures the experience of the worried mother/professional in twenty-first-century America, while weaving in contemporary scientific research on time management and stress.” ―GQ

Overwhelmed is a superb report from the front lines of the sputtering gender revolution. Brigid Schulte takes up the perennial problem of women's ‘second shift' with fresh energy and fascinating new data, effortlessly blending academic findings and mothers' lived experiences, including her own often hilarious attempts to be both the perfect parent and a successful full-time journalist. Before you embark on parenthood, before you volunteer to make cupcakes for a school party or stay up late to finish a fourth grader's science project--and definitely before you pick up another copy of Martha Stewart Living--read this book!” ―Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On(Not) Getting By in America

“Reflecting on her meticulous research, searching her feelings, and renegotiating the division of emotional labor with her husband, Tom, Brigid Schulte offers us a well-written and timely book, both witty and wise.” ―Arlie Hochschild, author of The Second Shift: Working Families and the Revolution at Home

“Beautifully written, with searing facts, engaging stories, illuminating history, and wry personal observations. A must-read by a truly perceptive author!” ―John de Graaf, editor of Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America

“Why is life so insanely busy? What happened to ‘leisure' time? Tired of the modern hamster wheel, Brigid Schulte set out to find a better way to live. Her voice is delightful, her findings surprising and hopeful. Overwhelmed is a passionate, funny, very human book that reads like a detective story.” ―William Powers, author of Hamlet's BlackBerry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

“Overwhelmed is a time management book that's not just about how to be more productive and effective--it's about the broad and fascinating role time plays in our emotional satisfaction, our physical health, and even our notions of gender equality. The more overwhelmed you feel, the more crucial it is to take the time to read this important book.” ―Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

“Everyparent, every caregiver, every person who feels besieged by permanent busyness, must read this book. A new wave of research, experience, and insight is challenging deep assumptions about why we have to live and work the way we do. Overwhelmed is a wake-up call and an exhilarating prescription for change.” ―Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of the New America Foundation and author of "Why Women Still Can't Have It All"

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (May 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149153057X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491530573
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,159,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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.
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Format: Paperback
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.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As soon as I saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. Overwhelmed is just the beginning of what I have been feeling lately and I have been really struggling to get a handle on it all.

Schulte's book is divided into three parts. The first part on "Time Confetti" really captured for me what I have been feeling a lot of lately. Reading it, it all seemed so obvious. While the details of time confetti in their parts were not really news to me, Schulte presented the sum of those parts in a way that resonated with me. Reading the first part of the book was comforting because it made me feel like I was not the only one who was feeling this way. Schulte talks about "the sense that life is speeding up at a breakneck pace and that, though they yearn for it, many people can't seem to find an elusive moment of peace." She also talks about "living in an an always-on technological haze [that] leads to mental exhaustion," plus overwork, role overload, "this feeling of never-ending responsibility" and the concept of "contaminated time." Contaminated time describes the mental tape loop phenomenon that is so common for women - your to-do list is always going, the tape is always running in your head, and it causes mental pollution. Then there is the feeling of time pressure caused by the constant switching from one role to the next - mother, wife, worker. My generation has always been told that we can "have it all," but reading Schulte's book just confirmed for me the long held suspicion that the way society is currently structured we just can't do it. The only way we can have it all is if we change what that looks like and if we have a ton of help. Right now society requires ubiquity at work and ubiquity as a parent.
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