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.
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 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, Our Turn 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 The Revenge of Analog 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 IT STARTS WITH FOOD and THE WHOLE30
KATRINA ONSTAD is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Guardian, Globe, Mail and Elle. Her novels include How Happy to Be and the national bestseller Everybody Has Everything, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children, and she swears that next weekend she is not going to work at all.