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Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America Paperback – July, 2003
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Money and power, after all, aren't everything.
In Take Back Your Time, de Graaf looks at a culture that is all about the material short term and cannot see beyond. It's a book that reminds us that it's OUR time, that this is a commodity that we CHOOSE to trade for things like money, status and comfort. I use the word 'remind' loosely--in truth, it's almost a new concept, for many. We hear stories of millionaires on their deathbed who would give everything to have one more year, yet other millionaires will do 15 hours tomorrow rather than think about it. Our culture is basically designed to HAVE TO work like this: the economy would go bust if we put anything before money. You could argue it's always been that way, but not to this extreme: every year we trade more hours so as to buy bigger houses, better cars, more gadgets, etc. This is a book that all of America needs to read. If only we had the time.
I would also like to give this to the productivity experts who say companies can do more with less. I'm sick of doing more with less and I am going to use this book as an inspiration to rebel. "No more 12 hour days" has become my mantra. Woe to those who try to test me on this!
Particularly interesting to me were the essays on voluntary simplicity by Vicki Robin and Cecile Andrew. A common theme of several essays is how our role as consumers steals time that we could spend to enrich our lives, families, and communities. Too many of us commute to work to earn the money that we spend while shopping for things that then clutter our homes.
Federal legislation mandating minimum vacations and a shorter work week is unlikely (in the near term), but we can be more mindful of how our behavior as consumers sacrifices our time.
I'm looking forward to October 24, 2004 to celebrate the next Take Back Your Time Day.
Why should you read this book? Because no matter how much you think you know about overwork and time poverty in America, you will almost certainly discover something new.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book about time management. When I received it in the mail I was optimistic about reading it to discover how much time I actually have un accounted for. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Shellby Paul
I haven't had a chance to read the book in its entirety yet. The book is a required read for my class. It appears to be insightful so far.Published 18 months ago by student
Most of us need this book as a daily reminder, not just a one time read. Filled with good advice, pointers, and reminders. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by LaDawn Moore
This book is the official handbook of a national movement ([...] that focuses on overwork and its ties to social problems. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Joyce
As someone with a strong interest in the topic of work-life balance, specifically as it relates to taking your vacation days and time off from work, I knew this handbook must be on... Read morePublished on February 7, 2011 by Scott at Meliovation
Time is what we all need to spend with family, friends, and of course, oruselves. Take Back Your Time is a blueprint for what we need to do to regain our time. Read morePublished on June 22, 2010 by Diaspora Chic
I work way too many hours and need to take personal responsibility for changing my life. This book informed me a little how the culture we live in has become so time-starved. Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by Jerome M. Hunt
As a Physician I can personally vouch for the toll "time poverty" has on health and happiness. I don't believe a day goes by where I don't see someone stressed to the max. Read morePublished on September 1, 2008 by TYR