Our grandparents lived with the promise of a future golden age of leisure, but today we are more shackled to our work than ever before. It’s hard enough to find time to eat in peace, let alone see our partners and families, go to the gym and enjoy our hobbies. What gets in the way of re-designing our lives? Must work be an albatross around our necks? Or can we negotiate a finer marriage not only with work but with time itself?
This class explores the current landscape of work, as well as the art of play, promising relief from the pressures of the dominant work ethic and our relentless drive to succeed. We look at how difficulties in our working lives can be symptomatic of neurotic attachments to being busy, probe what lies behind our assumptions about leisure, and practice reversing our thinking about free time, making it 'time on' rather than 'time off'.
ABOUT CORE CLASSES
Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.
These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture, conversation and group activity. Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACCREDITATION
This class has been formally accredited by the CPD Certification Service. Continuing Professional Development accreditation means this course has reached the required standards and benchmarks, and that the learning value of the class has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD standards.
This class is part of our EQ Certificate Programme. For more information about how to enrol at The School of Life please click here
An Introduction to The School of Life
To get an idea of what to expect from classes, workshops and events in our classroom, watch this short film.