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Paperback Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America Book

ISBN: 1576752453

ISBN13: 9781576752456

Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America

Forget oil or gold time is the most precious commodity in America today. Americans have less free time than anyone else in the industrialized world. In fact, modern Americans work longer hours than... This description may be from another edition of this product.


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Time: The ULTIMATE commodity

For years I've thought of Europe as like the grandfather... sitting on the porch, watching America in action. He sits there, somewhat envious, reminiscing about the days when he used to be the top dog himself. But the envy is shortlived; in truth, he would never trade places with us, for he knows that the true cost of being able to call yourself #1 is far too high. Money and power, after all, aren't everything. In Take Back Your Time, de Graaf looks at a culture that is all about the material short term and cannot see beyond. It's a book that reminds us that it's OUR time, that this is a commodity that we CHOOSE to trade for things like money, status and comfort. I use the word 'remind' loosely--in truth, it's almost a new concept, for many. We hear stories of millionaires on their deathbed who would give everything to have one more year, yet other millionaires will do 15 hours tomorrow rather than think about it. Our culture is basically designed to HAVE TO work like this: the economy would go bust if we put anything before money. You could argue it's always been that way, but not to this extreme: every year we trade more hours so as to buy bigger houses, better cars, more gadgets, etc. This is a book that all of America needs to read. If only we had the time.

Live deeper, not faster

It's the 900 pound gorilla in America that everyone should be talking about: time poverty. Most folks accept it as unavoidable; that's just the way life is. Work, work, work. Busy, busy, busy. Bulloney, says this book. I'm not doing too bad but I see the trappings of modern existence creeping into my life and I'm inspired to keep them in check. This book is particularly strong because it draws on the opinions of many progressive thinkers, rather that just one lone voice in the wilderness. Stop buying stuff, invest time in your family and community and civic society. Live deeper. I'm working on it. Are you?

Reading This Book May Change Your Life

Unlike many books of social criticism, this book describes how we can change our own lives and families, as we change our communities and country. The thirty essays cover a range of topics around the issue of 'time poverty.'Particularly interesting to me were the essays on voluntary simplicity by Vicki Robin and Cecile Andrew. A common theme of several essays is how our role as consumers steals time that we could spend to enrich our lives, families, and communities. Too many of us commute to work to earn the money that we spend while shopping for things that then clutter our homes.Federal legislation mandating minimum vacations and a shorter work week is unlikely (in the near term), but we can be more mindful of how our behavior as consumers sacrifices our time. I'm looking forward to October 24, 2004 to celebrate the next Take Back Your Time Day.

Of immediate, systemic relevance to American society

I didn't have to read this book to be sold on the concept. I bought it so that I could have more facts when people asked me questions. What I gained from reading these many essays is more than simple facts. I gained a deeper understanding of how pervasive both the causes and effects are of time poverty in America. I have had no choice but to look at my own life to see what I can do differently. And I am even more certain that what the Take Back Your Time Day organizers have been doing is of immediate and necessary importance. Why should you read this book? Because no matter how much you think you know about overwork and time poverty in America, you will almost certainly discover something new.

An eye-opening book

Wow! I am going to send a copy of this book to my team leader, as she hasn't figured out why she is always angry. It's because she is here until 9 every night, goes home to see her kids for about five minutes (who have "acted out" while she's been at work) and has to spend what little free time she has taking them to family therapists - who tell her she needs to achieve work/life balance, or, as she says, "whatever THAT is". I would also like to give this to the productivity experts who say companies can do more with less. I'm sick of doing more with less and I am going to use this book as an inspiration to rebel. "No more 12 hour days" has become my mantra. Woe to those who try to test me on this!
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