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Laura Vanderkam

How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time

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I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam is a productivity book that debunks the myth of the "busy mom." It highlights how successful women manage their time to have both a thriving career and a fulfilling personal life.

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    Interruptions make our work days seem longer and longer.

    How much do you work? Most of us think we toil at work for far too long, and our work/life balance seems heavily skewed towards work. This is especially true of working mothers: the more time they spend at work, the less time they have to spend with their families. But is this true?

    According to the 2013 American Time Use Survey, the average mother with a full-time job works 35 hours per week. Mothers who earn over $100,000 USD work even more – up to 44 hours per week.

    This does seem like a lot, but let’s take a closer look. A week has 168 hours. If we sleep eight hours each night and work 44 hours each week, we’ve still got 68 hours per week that aren’t spent at work. So why do we all think we’re workaholics?

    It comes down to interruptions: those small, unexpected events that break up our working day can actually make it feel longer. In order to measure her working week, one woman tried to keep her days as routine as possible to get an accurate measure of her time management. But it just wasn’t feasible.

    Constant interruptions when she least expected them kept her from working at a regular pace. Snow days prevented her from going to work, as did days when her children’s kindergarten was closed and family events, from a christening to an airport pickup.

    Interruptions like these make us constantly feel like we’re behind schedule and always needing to catch up on work. But we shouldn’t have to feel this way! In the following blinks, we will look how people, particularly working mothers, can arrange their lives in order to get the most out of their days, weeks and years.

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    What is I Know How She Does It about?

    I Know How She Does It (2015) reveals how career-minded women balance work, family and time for themselves. Based on extensive research covering time logs to interviews, these blinks provide practical advice on time management for the modern working mother.

    I Know How She Does It Review

    I Know How She Does It (2015) by Laura Vanderkam is a valuable read for anyone looking for insights into how successful women manage their time. Here's why this book is worth your time:

    • Packed with practical strategies and relatable stories, it provides actionable tips for balancing work and personal life.
    • By analyzing the time logs of successful women, Vanderkam offers a unique perspective on time management that challenges conventional wisdom.
    • The book's focus on efficiency and fulfillment in both work and personal spheres keeps readers engaged, ensuring that it won't be a dull read.

    Who should read I Know How She Does It?

    • New mothers seeking advice on how to resume their professional life
    • Working mothers who want to rebuild their careers
    • Managers and employees seeking insight into the juggling act required of their female colleagues

    About the Author

    Linda Vanderkam lives with her husband and their four young children in the United States. I Know How She Does It is her third book on the issue of time management, after What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, published in 2013, and 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, published in 2010. In addition to her writing, she has also made numerous appearances on TV programs, including The Today Show, and has published articles in various newspapers.

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    The main message of I Know How She Does It is that women can have successful careers and fulfilling personal lives.

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    I Know How She Does It is a valuable read for anyone wanting to balance career and personal life. It provides actionable insights and strategies for managing time effectively.

    Who is the author of I Know How She Does It?

    The author of I Know How She Does It is Laura Vanderkam.

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