Summary of The Weekend Effect
THE WEEKEND EFFECT: The Life-Changing Benefits of Taking Time Off and Challenging the Cult of Overwork by Katrina Onstad. Copyright © 2017 by Katrina Onstad. Published by arrangement with HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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Cultural journalist Katrina Onstad gives a brief history of the United States’ labor movement and shows how overworked, exhausted Americans – and everybody else, as well – can reclaim their weekends. Historically, Saturdays and Sundays were sacrosanct time off. But in a world without boundaries, working people often lose their weekends to office demands, household chores, kids’ activities, and more. Often, people have no time to rest or to socialize with their friends. Onstad urges you to “take back” your weekends and make time for necessary leisure. The time and effort she poured into her book really shows; here’s hoping she didn’t do it on the weekend. getAbstract recommends her advice to busy professionals who need a break.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why people often work too much,
- Why you should enjoy your weekends, and
- What some people and firms are doing to bring back leisure time.
About the Author
This is Katrina Onstad’s first nonfiction book. She also wrote the novels How Happy to Be and the bestseller Everybody Has Everything. Her writing has appeared in publications around the world including The New York Times, The Guardian and Elle.