But what if balancing work and family is actually ''not'' as hard as it s made out to be? What if all those tragic anecdotes ignore the women who quietly but consistently do just fine with the juggle?
Instead of relying on scattered stories, time management expert Laura Vanderkam set out to add hard data to the debate. She collected hour-by-hour time logs from 1,001 days in the lives of women who make at least $100,000 a year. And she found some surprising patterns in how these women spend the 168 hours that every one of us has each week.
Overall, these women worked less and slept more than they assumed they did before they started
tracking their time. They went jogging or to the gym, played with their children, scheduled date nights with their significant others, and had luncheswith friends. They made time for the things that gave them pleasure and meaning, fitting the pieces togetherlike tiles in a mosaic without adhering to overlyrigid schedules that would eliminate flexibilityand spontaneity.
Vanderkam shares specific strategies that her subjects use to make time for the things that really matter to them. For instance, they . . .
-Work split shifts such as seven hours at work, four off, then another two at night from home). This allows them to see their kids without falling behindprofessionally.
-Get creative about what counts as quality family time. Breakfasts together and morning story time count as much as daily family dinners, and they re often easier to manage.
-Take it easy on the housework. You can free up a lot of time by embracing the philosophy of good enough and getting help from other members of your householdor a cleaning service).
-Guard their leisure time. Full weekend getaways may be rare, but many satisfying hobbies can be done in small bursts of time. An hour of crafting feels better than an hour of reality TV.
With examples from hundreds of real women, Vanderkamproves that you don t have to give up on the things you really want. I Know How She Does It will inspire you to build a life that works, one hour at a time.
|Produto sob encomenda||Sim|
|Ano da edição||2015|
|Número de Páginas||304|