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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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    "Narrative is a powerful thing"
    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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    Tiffany Armstrong 12-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Time Management Book I've Ever Read!"

    This book showed such simple ways to organize my life, have more self-care time, and be more productive overall! I would strongly recommend this book!

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    Katherine 10-21-16
    Katherine 10-21-16 Member Since 2016

    Just started listening to Audio books during my 2 hr commute everyday to work and I have learned a lot. I mostly listen to self help.

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    "Not what I expected"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The description of the book needs to be more in-depth on it being Mommy focused.


    What was most disappointing about Laura Vanderkam’s story?

    Nothing was disappointing it was just not a story, it was more of a telling you what she does and what her research has taught her.


    Was I Know How She Does It worth the listening time?

    In my opinion, for where I am at in my life, it was not worth it.


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    Kayla Fore 10-20-16
    Kayla Fore 10-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    Very helpful for busy mothers. i would recommend this to anyone attempying to balance their lives

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    Amazon Customer 09-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not mad that I bought it. Some good thoughts and ideas"

    there is nothing totally earth shattering and new in this book but it was helpful to see how other successful women manage their time and squeeze in some fun into a busy schedule. The author writes beautifully so it was nice to listen to.

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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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