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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

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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A brief history of how we think about motherhood

The pressure on moms has never been higher

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Beyond Inbox Zero: The science of work-life balance

Tara Oakman knows what it’s like to work in a high stress, adrenaline-fueled, always-on 21st century workplace. A few years back, she was up against tough deadlines, intense public scrutiny, and the pressure of creating a massive new federal program from scratch as director of a team overseeing implementation of some key elements of the […]

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Where Child Care is an Economic Engine

Despite boasting one of the nation’s first universal pre-k programs, parents in Georgia still struggle to make sense of the dollars and cents of the state’s early care. At the end of a long day of work at a small sports-marketing firm in Atlanta, a very pregnant Micki Velmer is driving to pick up her […]

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Business Insider: My top productivity tip? Compassion

“My top productivity tip? Compassion. Wait, what? Aren’t productivity tips typically about shifting mindset, single tasking, deep focus, working in pulses, and a host of other useful tools? Yes. And all those tools can help us be fantastically productive, effective, and even more creative. “But what compassion recognizes is that we’re human. We’re going to […]

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Fast Company: 10 Expert Tips to make 2017 your most productive year yet

WRITE A ONE-ITEM TO-DO LIST “This past year, my work became infinitely more complex,” says Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, who now directs the Better Life Lab at the think tank New America. Her solution? Scrapping her long, unfinished to-do lists and replacing them with […]

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