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The Book

Named 1 of the Washington Post’s 50 Notable Nonfiction Books of the Year!

Named a Good Reads finalist for Best Business Book of 2014!

From Time Confetti to Time Serenity: Overwhelmed is both a map of the stresses that have ripped our leisure to shreds and a blueprint for how to put the pieces back together. What Brigid Schulte offers us is a revelatory, at times hilarious, and at heart optimistic view of how we can begin to find time for the things that matter most and live more fulfilled lives.

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About Brigid Schulte

About Brigid Schulte

Brigid Schulte is an award-winning writer and journalist and director of The Better Life Lab and Good Life Initiative at New America, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington DC. The Lab uses the power of data, transparency and storytelling to redesign work so that its sustainable, effective and fair, reimagine gender equality for a fairer, more human future, and rewire social policy to meet the needs of diverse 21st century families. She was a staff writer for the Washington Post and Washington Post magazine for nearly 17 years and was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two children. She grew up in Oregon and spent summers in Wyoming, where she did not feel overwhelmed.

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Brigid's Articles

In Berlin, the past and present collide on a mother-son trip

Rediscovering Berlin: Two teens, two visits, 35 years apart.

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A modern paid family leave policy needs these three things

Paid leave is inevitable. The U.S. should learn from other countries how to do it right.

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Why your best productivity hacks still come up short (and what really needs to change)

I confess: I’m a sucker for life hacks. Who doesn’t fantasize about getting work done faster and getting more out of life, especially when, after rushing around all day, you’ve barely made a dent in your to-do list, emails keep pouring in, and that one big project you’ve been meaning to work on gets kicked […]

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The Expert’s Dilemma: Why even work-life balance experts are awful at balancing work and life

For years, as director of the Work-Life Center at MIT, Kathy Simons pushed for flexible work policies, family-friendly benefits, and could cite chapter and verse the research on how taking time off to recharge improves workers’ outlook, productivity, and health. (In case you’re curious: One long-term study found that men and women who don’t take […]

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The Better Work Toolkit

Flexibility, collaboration, and autonomy are workplace strategies intended to give workers more predictability and control over their work and home lives. Instead, they’re often extending the workday into an unpredictable, 24/7 everydayathon, crowding out time for meaningful, concentrated work with endless meetings and overflowing inboxes, and spurring ever greater work devotion in order to live […]

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Why you can’t stop checking your email

(CNN)We’re drowning in email. We check it incessantly — more than half of American workers check email at least once an hour. And at night. And on weekends. And on vacation. The compulsion to constantly check, respond, clean out and keep on top of an overflowing inbox is actually making us stressed out, distracted, miserable […]

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