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I Know How She Does It Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling 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., eight times seven), 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Laura Vanderkam (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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    thebrownidentity Kansas 06-13-15
    thebrownidentity Kansas 06-13-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Fit my life perfectly"

    Reads a lot like "the millionaire next door" only with a different subject. I enjoyed hearing the basic principles of time management and not caring laid out in a book. It's a little irritating hearing her use cliches and pop culture references as much as she does, but the point is still a good one. And she did a very good job driving the points home with tips and tricks.

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    Marcia 12-18-15
    Marcia 12-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    What made the experience of listening to I Know How She Does It the most enjoyable?

    I love books on time management but more so when the time management deals with the mindset piece.

    I am not the target market actually as I'm not in the 4% of top earning women, and the definition of Big Job rankled a lot because I think many of the tips are applicable to most women.


    What other book might you compare I Know How She Does It to and why?

    Overwhelmed - Brigid Schulte - same conundrum on working women and fitting it all in


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from I Know How She Does It?

    I loved the mindset shifts. That while we tend to focus on one narrative (we're missing softball games so we need to give up work), there is another narrative too (we don't tell ourselves when we miss one game due to another kid's activities that we need to get rid of the kid :)). And if we have affluence, then use it to make your life easier - don't be a martyr.

    I also loved the clever tips. Like if your organisation values a facetime culture, then choose one night a week (mon - thurs) and work very late but be very visible, and other days stick to normal hours. You're playing their game but being smart about it.

    $50 000 workers work about 33 - 40 hours a week; "big career" workers work on average 10 hours more. Wow - is that all?


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    Clara 11-02-15
    Clara 11-02-15
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    "A must for every working mom OR DAD"

    I loved reading this, it validated so much and have such inspiring and useful suggestions! I'm going around recommending to every mom I know, most of whom run around like chickens without a head. And I'm insisting my husband read it to since all the suggestions apply to him as well! This book is not just for women!

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    FLMOM 08-22-16
    FLMOM 08-22-16

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    "Such a great book for busy women and men alike!"

    This is a great book for men and women that work and want to have personal lives. I really like how the Laura states we have time to do what we want to do unlike the theories that there's not enough hours in the day.

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    Kindle Customer 08-16-16
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    "Practical insights into how busy moms manage their schedules"

    I Know How She Does It is full of practical tips and examples of how real life moms who make six figures manage a full family life and stellar career. A few quirks in the way it was written has me giving this book four stars instead of five but overall an excellent resource for working moms.

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    PH 04-27-16
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    "Great book with useful suggestions"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to working moms and others who are struggling with feeling like they are consumed by work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It contains practical suggestions about how to manage time and helped me to let go of the guilt that I am not spending enough time with my children. As it turns out, I am spending more time than average!


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    kpope51486 02-22-16
    kpope51486 02-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Book to take time for"

    I typically don't take the time to write reviews. However, after spending the past two months listening to this book while I am in the car...I couldn't resist reviewing. This book not only gave a lot of value and knowledge, but it actually made me think and think hard enough to put these things into action. It is a must read for anyone trying to figure out the life work balance.

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    N. Randolph, VT 02-22-16
    N. Randolph, VT 02-22-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Efficiently awesome"

    This book changed the way I think about time. There is more than you think.

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    Sarah Smith Apopka, FL, US 02-02-16
    Sarah Smith Apopka, FL, US 02-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The information you need"

    Loved it. very happy to have this fresh perspective on how to get my shit together now that I've realized my life isn't as busy as I thought it was, thank you Laura!

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    dahill 11-24-15
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    "Must read for working moms"

    I wasn't sure what to expect with this book because I thought it would portray perfect women. What I found is that Laura portrays women how are as busy as me and not perfect housewives, however they figure out how to fit so much into their lives. Laura's interpretation of how they do it is beautiful. Her recommendations include: 1 - being mindful of the time you spend on the good, bad, and ugly vs the ugly overwhelming your perspective. 2 - Claiming the fun times with children in the small snippets and longer planned time. 3 - Plan for the snippets of time or unplanned opportunities to enable you to make the most of that time. There are so many great strategies.

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