Nonwork Obligation: Its (often troublesome) Place in the Study of Leisure
Yet, nonwork obligation as a domain of life absorbs a significant amount of time that could otherwise be dedicated to work or leisure interests. Moreover, in the face of widespread understanding of the concept of nonwork obligation, both leisure and work are sometimes confused with it, in both commonsense and science. Volunteering exemplifies well this problem, as does, for some people, doing health-promoting exercises and routinely shopping for groceries. Bringing nonwork obligation into our sights in leisure studies can help us sharpen our understanding of both domains. It will also help us sharpen our leisure education as it bears on work-life balance by examining where and how in this third domain participants might abandon disagreeable activities to find more time for leisure (serious, casual, project-based). One fruitful approach to cutting back on nonwork obligations lies in the program proposed by the voluntary simplicity movement.