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.
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©2015 Laura Vanderkam (P)2015 Penguin Audio
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.
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.
Overwhelmed - Brigid Schulte - same conundrum on working women and fitting it all in
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?
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!
I am a working mom with a 2 year old and 5 month old. Coming back to work is HARD and feeling like you have no time is a constant state of being. This book helps to reframe my outlook on my time. I've recommended the book to many other women (mom's and not) because of how I've appreciated the perspective.
I loved the rational of the author. as an audio book it was an efficient use of time and it put things in perspective. why focus on dinner every night when you can spend quality time over breakfast. focus on the time you spend together rather than those few busy peaks.
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!
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.
The description of the book needs to be more in-depth on it being Mommy focused.
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.
In my opinion, for where I am at in my life, it was not worth it.
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.
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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