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Ep 114. Brigid Schulte: Overcoming the Overwhelm

By Work and Life with Stew Friedman

Brigid Schulte is director of The Better Life Lab at New America. The Better Life Lab offers ways to restructure our workplaces and social policy using original research and policy analysis. Before she joined New America, Brigid was an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post and part of the team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Her book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time, was a New York Times bestseller.  It provides a practical perspective on time management based on her personal experience and research. She shines a light on overwork, burnout, and our national obsession with being, and appearing to be, busy.  The book digs into the causes of these pernicious problems and what we can do to reduce the toll they take on our lives. In this episode, Brigid recalls some of her own experiences in being overwhelmed and how that informs her book and the knowledge generously offered in it. Stew and Brigid talk about working mothers and how their time management plays out differently than it does for other workers.  She provides enlightening examples of various work schedules from around the world as well as stories that translate into practical advice about how to not feel so out of control in today’s frenetic world.  All of us can benefit from the wisdom she offers.

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