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time traps and the time poverty epidemic

There is an eight-out-of-ten chance that you are one of the poorest people in the world.1 When I say you’re poor, I’m not talking about your bank account (although material poverty is a pressing concern in society). Rather, I mean you are time poor: you have too many things to do and not enough time to do them. In countries as different as the United States, Germany, and Japan, time poverty is at an all-time high.2

No one is immune to the crushing feelings of time poverty. As I sit here typing at my kitchen table I, too, feel time poor and overwhelmed. For me, it’s a squeezing feeling in my stomach. This morning, a student emailed me requesting urgent help with a paper, preventing me from starting ...

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