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The Weekend Effect

The Weekend Effect

‘A powerful argument, and practical advice, on the importance of reclaiming your leisure time to live a happier and more fulfilling life’ Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of Better Than Before and The Happiness Project

Years ago Katrina Onstad was an au pair in France. Every Sunday, as best as she could tell, France shut down. No one worked; no one shopped for groceries, or did any kind of shopping. It felt like a ritual, sacred and culturally protected.

Now, her weekends are more like a laundry list of to-do items dashed off between hockey training, doing actual laundry, checking emails, working on an assignment, and on and on.

She began to do research to see if she was alone in feeling like weekends are almost non-existent anymore. As she dug further, she realized that this feeling was almost universal.

Filled with rich research and stories, as well as her own struggles, Katrina takes us through the negative impact that losing our downtime has on all areas of our lives. She’ll show us how some people and companies are already taking steps to eliminate the relentless 7-day-a-week availability that modern work life seems to require. Not anti-technology, rather this is about a return to the ritual of weekend.
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Genre: Health & Personal Development / Self-help & Personal Development

On Sale: 2nd May 2017

Price: £14.99

ISBN-13: 9780349411194

Reviews

Masterfully researched and beautifully written, The Weekend Effect urgently makes the case that our hard won free time is essential to our survival, and needs to be reclaimed. Pick up this book, and get ready to rekindle your love of the weekend! Your emails can wait until Monday
David Sax, author of <i>The Revenge of Analog</i>
Too often work and technology erode our ability to connect meaningfully face-to-face, intruding into the critical time we need to recharge ourselves. In Katrina Onstad's insightful and compelling book, THE WEEKEND EFFECT, she offers an urgent call to arms on the essential need to take back our weekends
Dallas Hartwig, NY Times bestselling co-author of <i>It Starts With Food</i>
The Weekend Effect is a fastidiously researched book detailing how we collectively lost the art of weekending well... Onstad provides plenty for the stressed and time-poor to mull over
Tanya Sweeney, Irish Times
Too often we race through the week, only to find our weekends packed with countless errands and never-ending to-do lists. Before we know it, we've lost sight of what really makes us happy. In The Weekend Effect, Katrina Onstad offers a powerful argument, and practical advice, on the importance of reclaiming your leisure time to live a happier and more fulfilling life
Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of <i>Better than Before</i> and <i>The Happiness Project</i>
The Weekend Effect is a call to action - or even better - a call to inaction. It proves its case that by staking a claim to your weekend, your work and home life (and your health and wellbeing) benefit every day of the year. Take the time to read it like I did, over a weekend. It's a great way to start
Kirstine Stewart, media and technology executive and author of <i>Our Turn
In our frenetic era of total work devotion and breathless busyness, the idea of making time for leisure has become almost a sacrilege. But Katrina Onstad makes a compelling case in her terrific new book, The Weekend Effect, that true leisure - time for reflection, connection, play and joy - knits together the social fabric of community, soothes the weary soul and, at heart, is what makes life worth living. A welcome romp of a read
Brigid Schulte, award-winning journalist and author of the New York Times bestselling <i>Overwhelmed</i> and director of The Better Life Lab at New America