OverwhelmedWork, Love and Play When No One Has The Time



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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Report – Paid Family Leave: How Much Time is Enough

The United States remains one of the few countries on earth—along with Papua New Guinea, Suriname, and Tonga—with no national paid family leave policy, despite the fact that a majority of women and mothers work outside the home, that a majority of children are being raised in families where all parents work, and that an aging population is increasing […]

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How much paid leave is enough? What the science shows

Ask American mothers and fathers how much time they can take off work to care for and bond with a new infant, and the answers are all over the map. Lauren, who works for a big financial services firm, is on the 19th week of what will be six months of leave paid by her employer […]

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The Case Against Maternity Leave

On the 2016 campaign trail, candidate Donald J. Trump became the first major Republican party candidate to promise six weeks of paid maternity leave for mothers whose employers do not already provide it. In the ensuing chaos of the Trump administration, we haven’t heard much about this proposal, which is obviously a shame: With a scant […]

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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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