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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 for Working Parents!

Loved this book! Listening to this book on my commute was a transformational experience because it challenged my way of thinking, and helped me change some the “scripts running around my head” about what it means to have a full, happy life. I’ve applied many of Laura’s principles and already they have made a positive impact on my life, both personally and professionally. I’m now in a place both in my mind and spirit to take the next step in my career, and this books has given me the confidence to do so. Many, many thanks to the author for penning this powerful book.

Sincerely,

A grateful, empowered working mom of 5 kiddos.

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Freedom to go for my dreams

This book inspired me to go after my dreams. I felt like heading back into the workforce would cost me something in regards to raising my kids...but I have a clear plan now as to how to do it all! While listening to the book I came up with the how to plan to get me to that six figure job and take the actions to start the steps. By the end of the book so many things have been accomplished and I’m on my way to my dream. I finally feel the freedom to be both a mom and a professional.

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Inspiring but dont expact a "step by step" book

I took many ideas from the women in the book. The idea of looking at the entire week as a whole was new and life changing for me. On the other hand, I came to this conclusion after 1 hour of listening... The book is built on examples of weekly logs and not as a "work book" to build your on log, thou it is very clear how to do it.
It is read very nice and clear, and at the bottom line it does give you a new point of view on how you REALY spend your time.

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Life improvement

Looking to get more out of your day productively. check this book out. It's a life changing.