How our packed schedules have left us overwhelmed

Author Brigid Schulte says she was surprised to discover 27 hours of leisure time in 5 to 10 minute increments in between her hectic schedule.

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We brag about our busy-ness our language is littered with a litany of our lack-of-leisure time. As a society too many of us are simply overwhelmed. Author Brigid Schulte leads us through the realities of our scarcest resource and greatest luxury: time.

The struggle to achieve work-life balance is something almost anyone can relate to.
It's that idea...that we can do it all - and do it with apparent ease -- (Thank you  Martha Stewart)  -- that has many wondering...is there something wrong with me if I can't do it all?

We're not very good at it...I hate to say it but when we're together we end up watching TV. My work is a lot of running around, up and down. Brad's sitting at his desk writing all day, you know we're tired.

Erin MacKay
For families with two working parents and three children under the age of 11, sometimes just getting lunch on the table is an achievement. Erin and Brad MacKay and their three kids Clara, Rory and baby Charlie live in Ottawa.

It's that constant feeling of a time crunch, and those sorts of conflicts, that led my next guest to write her first book,  "Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play, When No One Has The Time". 

Brigid Schulte is a staff reporter with the Washington Post and a mother of two. She's also got a globe-trotting journalist husband -- that adds up to lots of deadlines and lots of demands on her time. She was in our Washington Studio.

Do you have no time in your day? Are you overwhelmed? Tell us how you manage

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This segment was produced by The Current's Dawna Dingwall

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Three years ago today, the earth shook off the coast of Japan and giant waves pounded into the country's east coast.  Nearly 19 thousand people died and to this day as many as a quarter million Japanese remain displaced.
   
The waves destroyed, and the waves also stole.  Homes, possessions and memories rushed out to sea.
   
Our Last Word today goes to film maker Nicolina Lanni. She and co-director John Choi are working on a documentary called Lost and Found about Japanese belongings that washed up on the coast of North America. Nicolina Lanni tells us the story of what one woman lost and found after the quake. 

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