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Tune Into WaPo journo Brigid Schulte's talk on how to stop being OVERWHELMED.

Kirsten Browning

474 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
May 23, 2014at 8:30 am

This post isn't a helpful deed, but it *is* a rewarding one for *you*: Can working people, especially parents, in America or anywhere, ever find true leisure time? Brigid Schulte argues in her new book, "Overwhelmed," that we're doing dangerously little of it. 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?” The answer resulted in her book: a map of the stresses that have ripped our leisure to shreds, and a look at how to put the pieces back together. Schulte spoke to neuroscientists, sociologists, and hundreds of working parents to tease out the factors contributing to our collective sense of being overwhelmed, and today she’ll be at the Crawford Family Forum with KPCC’s Brian Watt today to tell us what she found out! Come see her, or tune in via livestream at the link below!

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    My mind always races with the stuff I need to get done. I noticed as soon as I got an iPhone, the way I thought about leisure was so different. I tied myself to my phone. "We show our status by how busy we are." I totally identify with the idea of needing to feel busy all the time.

    Brigid Shulte's participation in a time study is amazing- just seeing how people see leisure- especially for women- is insane. Amazing how other cultures see overwhelming work in Japan and Korea. The fact they have words for the term is pretty telling we need to slow down. Oh man- meditation prisons? I'd love to go to one of those.

    I just bought her book:

    How was it in person? Transformative, I bet.