I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time by Laura Vanderkam

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I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time Read Online Free - From the bestselling author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, powerful insights from 1001 actual days in the lives of high-achieving women.

Balancing work and family life is a constant struggle, especially for women with children and ambitious career goals. It’s been the subject of countless books, articles, blog posts and tweets in the last few years, and passions run high in all directions.

Now Laura Vanderkam, the acclaimed time management expert, comes at the “having it all” debate by asking a very practical question. Given that we all have the same 168 hours every week, how do people who do have it all—women with thriving careers and families—use those hours? When you study how such women fit together the pieces of their lives, like tiles in a mosaic, the results are surprising.

If you work 40 hours and sleep 56 (i.e. 8 times 7) that leaves 72 hours for everything else. Vanderkam explains how her subjects use those “everything else” hours; why we work less and have more free time than we think; why it’s a myth that successful women get too little sleep; and how women can have demanding jobs, spouses, and kids, and still enjoy a healthy amount of downtime.

She shares the time-logs from 1001 days in the lives of women who make at least $100,000 a year and still make time for their families and friends, for sleep and exercise, and for leisure activities they love. Based on what she learned from the patterns in those time-logs, she provides a framework for anyone who wants to thrive at both work and life.

From the Hardcover edition.

Title : I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time
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ISBN : 159184732X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Donna rated it ★★★☆☆

August 21, 2015

In reading Vanderkam's I Know How She Does It, I found myself alternately nodding my head and then vigorously shaking it saying, "No, no, no, she's missing the point." There is some interesting info in here, but I felt like this was a somewhat soulless book. For one thing, Vanderkam focused on wo...

For Books' Sake rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 03, 2015

Laura Vanderkam is a journalist, time management expert and author of What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. I Know How She Does It is her latest piece of productivity porn, a cheeky take on Alison Pearson's 2003 comedy of manners, I Don't Know How She Does It, about the gendered no...

Gillian rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 12, 2015

A few pages into this book, I decided I shouldn't read any more of this author's work. Some of her research is interesting, but her idea of success is narrow and boring, and reading this book made me feel like I got cornered by that person at the cocktail party who won't shut up about her stock p...

Anjanette rated it ★★★★★

June 12, 2015

I am a SAHM homeschooling mom of four kids, and therefore far from both the group studied for this book and probably its target audience as well. That said, I enjoyed the many real-life stories from both the women whose logs were analyzed and from the author's own life, and I found many insights...

Sally rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 26, 2015

I was underwhelmed by this book. While it was fascinating to see how women in high paying jobs juggled their commitments, most of the information wasn't new and most women working with kids will be used to trying to make it work...somehow. The tone of the book regarding family life and personal g...

Karen rated it ★★★☆☆

November 01, 2015

I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I know the author a bit online, we are alumni of the same University, and I really liked her previous book, 168 hours. This one's strengths are similar, but the rest of it is not as compelling. First, the positives: 1. The idea to think in 168 hours (a wee...

Brigham rated it ★★★★☆

January 20, 2016

A lot of good insights that I found mostly applied to me, as a father who wants to get lots of time with my family as well as have a successful career and enjoy my free time. Takeaways: 1. After sleep and work, we still have 60-70 hours a week for everything else. 2. Worrying about what we're suppos...

KrisTina rated it ★★★☆☆

February 23, 2016

I do like Laura Vanderkam but this book took me awhile to push through and some of her suggestions as to how to make the most of your time just don't work for me. Her idea of just letting dishes pile up so that you do them all at once is something I just can't handle - it's not how I work. In res...

Jill rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 09, 2015

I don't know. I have read a couple of books about time management--specifically about working moms and I think this one isn't my favorite. I walked away feeling like the author was saying, "stop whining, work more, and don't feel bad about it." It seemed very heavily skewed toward work with not a...

steph rated it ★★★★☆

March 06, 2016

I am probabably NOT the right demographic for this book. Yes I am a women but I do not make over 100,000/year nor do I have children under the age of 18 as all the women in this book did. However this book was intriguing and interesting to me and I found some of its data I could replicate in my o...

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