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Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time Audible – Unabridged

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 12 hours and 6 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: April 17, 2014
  • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JRCU13I
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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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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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