CHALLENGING TIME POVERTY - TAKE BACK YOUR TIME

Are you, or your friends or relatives, working more now but enjoying it less? Does your familyís schedule feel like a road race? If so, youíre not alone. Millions of people are overworked, over-scheduled and just plain stressed out.

∑ Time stress threatens our health. It leads to fatigue, accidents and injuries. It reduces time for exercise and encourages consumption of calorie-laden fast foods.

∑ Time stress threatens our marriages, families and relationships as we find less time for each other, less time to care for our children and elders, less time to just hang out.

∑ It weakens our communities. We have less time to know our neighbors, supervise our young people, and volunteer.

∑ It reduces employment as fewer people are hired and then required to work longer hours, or are hired for poor part-time jobs without benefits.

∑ It leaves us little time for ourselves, for self-development, or for spiritual growth.

∑ It even contributes to the destruction of our environment. Studies show that lack of time encourages use of convenience and throwaway items and reduces recycling.

 

WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT THIS EPIDEMIC OF TIME PRESSURE?

October 24th, 2003 marked the first Take Back Your Time Day. Events were held in as many as 200 communities in the U.S. and Canada, reaching several thousand people.

 

The main goal of TAKE BACK YOUR TIME DAY is to call attention to the problem and begin the public conversation about what to do about it. Some of the solutions will be personal, each in our own lives. Others will be cultural, as we evolve new norms about life balance. Still others will involve voluntary changes in the workplace and childrenís activity programs, or changes through collective bargaining agreements. We talk about why work/life balance is good for both employees and employers; about how to create decent part-time jobs and about solutions for low-income workers who canít afford to work less.

 

The movement for a more balanced life began on TAKE BACK YOUR TIME DAY 2003, but it hasnít stopped there. In every community, Take Back Your Time organizations will develop campaigns to win personal, cultural, workplace, and political solutions to time famine.

 

Get more ideas for Taking Back Your Time at www.timeday.org