Saturday, September 26, 2009

Work to Live, 2nd Edition is Now Available!

Joe Robinson's important book on work/life balance, Work to Live: The Guide to Getting a Life has now been updated with new information and a new cover!

Here's some information about the book from Joe's web site:

Overcome job burnout
Escape the automatic stress cycle
Work fewer hours, get more done
Control runaway E-tools
Learn how to say no
Set boundaries between work and home
Increase your vacation time
Create your Personal Life List (what do you want to do on this planet?)

For more information about the 2nd edition, vist Joe's web site,

Monday, August 31, 2009

Take Back Your Time Needs Your Help

Take Back Your Time is a major U.S./Canadian initiative to challenge the epidemic of the following:




These three things threaten our health, our families and relationships, our communities and our environment. The folks at Take Back Your Time (a non-profit organization) need your financial support now so that they can continue their work helping all Americans gain more time.

Please visit their web site today at or click on above link and donate to this important organization. Just click on the "donate now" button on their home page.

Thank you for supporting Take Back Your Time, and please mark your calendar for the annual Take Back Your Time Day, Saturday, October 24th.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Conscious Web Sites Added to my Blog

Two great web sites have been added to my blog this week:

Conscious Talk Radio and Conscious Consuming. Please take some time to review these interesting web sites.

Conscious Talk Radio offers one of this country’s most informative and compelling alternative talk radio programs – pioneering a shift in consciousness – empowering individuals to become conscious consumers and a positive force in their own lives through subjects and interviews in areas as diverse as politics, money and alternative health. It's "radio that makes a difference."

Conscious Consuming seeks to increase awareness of the impact of buying decisions on our health, happiness, and environment. Through education and discussion, they encourage people to live in line with their values by better prioritizing time, money, and material things.

If you are ever in the Seattle area, please tell Rob Spears and Brenda Michaels of Conscious Talk Radio hello from me!

It's time to wake up and be CONSCIOUS!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Vacation Matters Summit

People for a Shorter Workweek supports the national vacation campaign. Join John de Graaf, author and Executive Director of Take Back Your Time for this important conference in Seattle in August. Details are as follows and the link is above for further information:

Mark the dates and make your reservation now for the NATIONAL VACATION MATTERS SUMMIT, Monday, August 10 - Wednesday August 12, 2009 at Seattle University, Seattle, Washington.

Space is limited. Register before May 1 for a total registration fee of $95, and $45 for students. Media passes available (email

If spaces still remain after May 1, registration fees will increase to $125 and $65.

Tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets.

You are also welcome to register directly with TAKE BACK YOUR TIME. Simply send a check payable to TBYT/VACATION SUMMIT to:

Take Back Your Time
PO Box 18652
Seattle, WA 98109

Add your email address for confirmation. Otherwise, we will have a name tag and conference materials waiting for you at the registration desk at the beginning of the Summit.

Studies show that vacations are essential to physical and mental health. They provide the strongest of family-bonding memories. They improve workplace productivity and prevent burnout. They increase international contact and understanding. They offer opportunities for spiritual growth and joyful play. They provide employment and business opportunities in the travel industry. But the United States is the only industrial country that does not guarantees some vacation time by law and Americans get less vacation time than people in almost any other country of the world.

Times of economic crisis like the one we face today are also opportunities to envision the kind of economy and life we really want and to ask what really matters when it comes to quality of life. Just as the Great Depression led to the forty-hour week and the expansion of the middle class, these new hard times can lead us to new choices that honor the need for balance and leisure in our lives.

The Vacation Matters Summit is about learning and sharing what we know about the value of leisure travel and vacation time. We’ll be bringing together more than three hundred experts, researchers, advocates, stakeholders and interested citizens for the first-ever national gathering about the importance of vacation time. The program starts Monday evening with a welcome and reception and continues until early Wednesday afternoon. It includes eight plenary speakers and at least fifty workshop presenters.

We are still looking for workshop presenters and will be accepting proposals. Let me know if you are interested in presenting and I will forward the information to our workshop committee. Registration fee for presenters will be $25.

Please let us know whether you will need meals and accommodations while in Seattle. Seattle University offers single and double rooms in both residence halls and residence suites at modest prices ranging from $26 to $55 a night. Email John de Graaf at:

Residence halls—1 person in room: $31 per night; 2 persons in room: $26 each per night
Residence suites—1 person in room: $55 per night; 2 persons in room: $43 each per night

There are also a number of hotels in the immediate area.

Seattle University also offers a meal plan at $30 per day or you may purchase food in the dining area separately. There are also many restaurants in the area.

Please let us know your preferences. Space at Seattle University is limited and first-come, first serve.

Total conference costs including lodging, food and registration (but not travel costs) ranges from approximately $137 (presenters in residence halls) to $265 (non-
presenters in single room residence suites).

Summit begins at 6 pm Monday, August 10 and ends at 2 pm, Wednesday, August 12.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

"This Way, it Sounds Noble."

The friend of mine who is enjoying her shorter workweek due to a lack of work at her company said she did not want to sound lazy, so she told her manager she would be happy to pitch in and take time off without pay and "help the company out." She told me "this way, it sounds noble, as I am doing the company a favor." She did not want to sound lazy. She told me now that she has Fridays off, she is "exploring her inner lazy child." She loves the shorter workweek and doesn't really want to go back to the 40 hour workweek.

People are so afraid that they will look like they are a lazy bum just because they want a shorter workweek (in other words, a life). We all need to explore our "inner lazy child."

Monday, March 09, 2009

Shorter Workweek Instead of Layoff

A friend of mine told me that a half dozen or so plant employees were laid off from her company. It was a sad day for the plant. In order to not have to layoff the office folks they worked it out so that everyone has two Fridays off per month. My friend was used to working 40 hours per week all of her working life. At first, she thought about the money she would lose, but after the first Friday off, she LOVED it and now she can't wait until her next Friday off.

She called her sister (who is now retired) and told her she would love to have a shorter workweek every week, as it is so wonderful!

Instead of workers being laid off, this company worked it out so that everyone in the office shares the work, and all of the office staff works a shorter workweek. They love those Fridays off and the money isn't as important as time off.

The 40-hour workweek is very hectic. Thanks to the economic downturn, people are discovering how great a shorter workweek is.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Work Less Party of Vancouver, BC has New Film

The Work Less Party of Vancouver BC has a new short film on their web site: Movie 2. I highly recommend watching both of Conrad Schmidt's films. Conrad is the author of Works of the World RELAX: The Simple Economics of Less Industrial Work. He is currently working on another film and book, so stay tuned!