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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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    mk 04-24-17
    mk 04-24-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Amy Sheppard,Amy Sheppard 04-18-17 Member Since 2016
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    K. DuBose PA 05-08-17
    K. DuBose PA 05-08-17 Member Since 2015

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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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    If USA 04-17-17
    If USA 04-17-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Boring, repetitive, bad narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator, faster reading, more dynamic and a more organized story. I felt it is repeating the same over and over.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Way too slow reading and weird pauses between sentences. Makes me fall asleep.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved 168 hours and bought this one with hope of getting some more of that spirit and story that was in 168 hours. Sooo disappointed. Waited and waited for a story but had an impression that it is only an introduction to the book over and over. I really like the author but she reads too slow, makes pauses between sentences, it is painful.

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    HezPez 04-12-17
    HezPez 04-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "There is time..."

    I personally really enjoyed this book. It is probably not for everyone with all of its statistics and whatnot. But it really made me see that I do get to choose what I do with my time. The author also gives you insights into how to look at time. And to how other women are using their time. It was very motivating.

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    Alexandra Kolakowski 02-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "much needed perspective shift"

    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.

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    Scott 12-12-16
    Scott 12-12-16
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    "Great perspective on time management and motherhoo"
    What did you love best about I Know How She Does It?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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