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I Know How She Does It

How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time
Narrated by: Laura Vanderkam
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
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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 PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2015 Laura Vanderkam (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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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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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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Unique solutions to time management issues

I love the narrator's voice. She presented creative yet practical solutions to difficult time management issues that busy women face. Although I felt that some of the statistical analysis presented regarding the Mosaic project was unnecessary, the overall message was not lost. I definitely gained valuable new insight from this audio book.

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love this book!

This book made me look at my life different and with more of a positive outlook. Gave helpful strategies and was entertaining to listen to.

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Rehashing of Previous Book 168 Hours

While Vanderkam used anecdotes from her mosaic time study, the principles she touts in this boon were largely the same as in her previous book 168 Hours. To be sure, repetition deepens impression, and these concepts definitely were worth repeating. That said, while I normally enjoy hearing the author read their own work, I much preferred the narrator on 168 Hours over Ms. Vanderkam. For a topic she is so passionate about, that emotion really did not come out in her performance. I would still recommend this book, though, for people trying to figures out how to make the most of their time.

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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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A Must-read

I enjoyed this book so much I immediately downloaded the rest of her work. Her writing is sharp and her finds are inspiring. I have completely reevaluated how I spend my time.

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Insightful and Motivating

Loved it! We all have the same 168 hours and the way! Laura teaches how to manipulate the mosaic tiles is fascinating and encouraging.

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Now I'm doing it, too!<br /><br />

By Laura's definition, I'm a "successful" woman, balancing six figure work, marriage, and self. But before reading this book, I didn't feel like it.

Laura helped me shift my mindset, perspective, and create those special 'mom' moments that I craved, but felt I didn't deserve.

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Feels more manageable

This booked helped me feel less overwhelmed and offered some great strategies in managing tome.