Washington Post journalist and author Brigid Schulte discusses her new book, Overwhelmed: How To Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time on the latest The Modern Dads Podcast. We also dive into her research on changing workplaces and relationships and the importance of play for adults.
Schulte’s book came about from the busy mother of two realizing she was living a life of all work and no play. Overwhelmed is the story of what she discovered ― and of how her search for answers became a journey toward a life of less stress and more leisure.
Schulte talks to companies who are inventing a new kind of workplace; travels to countries where policies support office cultures that don’t equate shorter hours with laziness (and where people actually get more done); meets couples who have figured out how to share responsibilities. Enlivened by personal anecdotes, humor, and hope, Overwhelmed is a book about modern life ― a revelation of the misguided beliefs and real stresses that have made leisure feel like a thing of the past, and of how we can find time for it in the present.
The Parents’ Phrase Book author Whit Honea joins again to encourage us to make time for fun in our lives that is purely for ourselves.
Brigid Schulte is also a regular contributor to the She The People blog and has written for Style, Outlook, the Washington Post magazine, and other outlets.
Schulte grew up in Oregon, got her start in newspapers at the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming, and over the years has covered national politics, (96 hours of straight stumping with Bob Dole, anyone?) the Pentagon (so scared before the planned invasion of Haiti that she stayed up all night, every night watching the Disney channel in the Port-au-Prince Holiday Inn) public health, education, the environment and just about everything in between as an enterprise and narrative writer.