Based in Seattle, the Take Back Your Time (TBYT) organization advocates an examination of America's time deficit. Developed four years ago as an initiative of The Simplicity Forum (an alliance committed to achieving simple, sustainable ways of life), the group encourages people to consider their time as significant, to spend it well, and to take a stand against institutional forms of time deprivation.

As part of the initiative, the organization designated October 24 as the annual Take Back Your Time Day to bring large-scale attention to the time famine. The event helps participants in the United States, Canada, and Europe address their stress with various ideas for enjoying life -- rather than rushing through it. TBYT invites you to celebrate on October 24 in the following ways.

Sleep late

Cancel something

Celebrate your spiritual tradition

Ask an older person about his or her life

Set aside one night a week for a family dinner

Enjoy some poetry

Listen carefully to children's ideas

Reflect on the balance of labor, leisure, and consumption in your life

Text by Jodie Jordan


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