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Do Less

A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Busy Moms
Narrated by: Kate Northrup
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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This is a book for working women and mothers who are ready to release the culturally inherited belief that their worth is equal to their productivity, and instead create a personal and professional life that's based on presence, meaning, and joy. As opposed to focusing on "fitting it all in", time management, and leaning in, as so many books geared at ambitious women do, this book embraces the notion that through doing less women can have - and be - more.

The addiction to busyness and the obsession with always trying to do more leads women, especially working mothers, to feel like they're always failing their families, their careers, their spouses, and themselves. This book will give women the permission and tools to change the way they approach their lives and allow them to embrace living in tune with the cyclical nature of the feminine, cutting out the extraneous busyness from their lives so they have more satisfaction and joy, and letting themselves be more often instead of doing all the time. Do Less offers the listener a series of 14 experiments to try to see what would happen if she did less in one specific way. So, rather than approaching doing less as an entire life overhaul (which is overwhelming in and of itself), this book gives the listener bite-sized steps to try incorporating over two weeks!

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Absolute Game Changer!

Kate’s approach to time and energy management is a game changer. Her work applies to all women not just mums and I’d bet there will be a heap of men who will benefit from this insight too. So many light bulbs for me! I didn’t want it end!

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Basic, simple, good starting point.

A book full of advice & experiments on making lists, setting boundaries, simplifying, delegating & asking for help. Many personal stories from the author & what works for her. Basic time management strategies. If you’re looking for simple foundational concepts on time management it’s a good starting point.

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Loved it!

I got so much from this book!! Thank you Audible for the recommendation. So many words of wisdom, and little nuggets of mothering gold in this day and age of impossibly high standards, thank you Kate Northrup.

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  • laurel
  • 09-05-2019

Wanted to like it more

After reading Kate’s first book I was excited for this one. As someone struggling with chronic never enough syndrome I was hoping it would help me work through some of those emotions. Instead I found the material hard to relate to. So much would be easier to connect to if there weren’t multiple mentions of 7 figure incomes and the unreality that comes from not struggling to make ends meet. It would be easier to do less if there weren’t financial stressors or other factors like lacking a support system. This book felt like it was not written for your average person. Overall it was hard to connect to and left me feeling lesser than for not having the resources and connections necessary to “do less”.

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  • frogs n dogs
  • 11-08-2019

couldn't get through it

So bad. I kept trying to listen for the point, but couldn't get past all the pseudo science. Things she states as facts have very weak evidence if any at all. useless book.

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  • Empress Karen
  • 26-11-2019

You Get To Choose

Great daily deal of $1.95 to help you choose the YOU you want to be. If you are looking to understand WHY you are not where you want to be, never in the moment, or trying to understand why you are doing more, but getting less satisfaction, then take advantage of this deal. It is a fairly short listen, eg Lightly by Francine Jay a great fave to actually change your life and Self Discipline by Jennifer Allison. These two books were daily deals that actually changed my life. Check them out. I found they helped me to physically do things so I could get to the point of understanding the meaning of this book. How great is that?? This book helps a person understand themselves if they REALLY want to get to a place of tranquility. The key here is tranquility, which many of us do not even understand what and where that place really is in our lives. I found this book is really about letting go of the I wants, dealing with the reality of your life, and most importantly understanding self esteem. Regarding some of the examples in this book, remember, it is about dealing with what YOU have and not what others have. Were my comments of help?

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  • Dora D
  • 20-07-2019

This definitely is not just meant for mothers...

This definitely is not just meant for mothers but for women in general. The book reminds you that you should show a bit of self-compassion while staying productive and - what's most importing - setting your priorities straight.

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  • KALS
  • 03-02-2020

Couldn’t Finish

I picked up this book because, as a working mother, I’m generally interested in techniques that other working women found effective. But when the author made a Rainman joke, I couldn’t listen to another word. It is quite obvious that I could not possibly learn anything from this woman except that mocking those with special needs is appropriate. I hate that I supported her by buying this book.

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  • Brandie Horstkamp
  • 10-12-2019

No real practical solutions

If I'm so overwhelmed with day to day that I can't shower I really can't align my tasks with the moon cycles! I listened to this on my commute in hopes of practical solutions to get my life under control and was left with another to do list and no real answers on how to simplify. The chapters attempt to be generic to apply to everyone, but are really only applicable to work from home individuals with a prosperous incomes. Side note of irritation how many times were we reminded of her 7 figure business? I'm glad whatever she is doing is working for the author and others, but I don't know how they got there. Most chapters I was left confused as to what to focus on. Another approach is definitely for me.

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  • K. T. Myers
  • 04-06-2019

Totally new-to-me info & actionable

I love self-development books and feel like I've read every book on productivity. As a business owner and mom of three young kids, I'm always overwhelmed and looking for ways to make the best use of my time. I heard Kate on a podcast (Amy Porterfield's "Online Marketing Made Easy") and everything she said just resonated with me. I got the book on audible and probably blew through it in a few days. I loved Kate's narration (I've learned that I really don't like books that are not narrated by the author - there's just something more authentic when an author reads their own material.) I love the idea of planning out my month based on the energy I have, based on my cycles. If you're not cycling, due to pregnancy, menopause, etc, you can instead plan based on lunar cycles. When I put this into practice, I felt the guilt of "not doing enough" during my inward phase disappear. But then, during my outward phase, I felt more energy and ideas flowing and it all made sense. I'm in my 40's and wish I had learned this a long time ago! I now try to plan out, as much as is possible (Kate recommends a goal of 20% of activities) to plan out my schedule based on a monthly cyclical calendar instead of always trying to cram in as much all the time as I possibly can. That's not to say it's an excuse to be lazy - no no. But using our own energy in the most effective ways. I need more rest during certain times of the month, more self-care, and at other times of the month, I need to focus on hitting it hard and get things done. I've found it not only to be freeing, but also much more efficient with my time. Kate also has amazing bonuses and a FB group community where she's active. Overall, listening to this book has been a fabulous experience!

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  • elizabeth hughes
  • 17-12-2019

Scheduling around your monthly cycle?!?

OK, I admit I only made it about 15 mins into this audiobook before I decided I could not waste several hours of my life. The book focused on your biology to learn how to manage your time. I'm sorry my boss does not care that I'm on my period and that my body needs a break. I think the message of not producing constantly and restoring ones self is a great point but that's about it.

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  • Lanceulots
  • 14-12-2019

no thanks

Close minded views shared by the unimaginitive masses masquerading as the contrary. I'm not a fan of content which assumes new age ideas to be inherently correct without investigating their veracity. Not for me

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  • Rebecca M
  • 11-12-2019

Yikes...

Nothing remarkable about her lessons. I’ve either heard the advice already or it was common sense. Her stories were cringe-y (adult temper tantrum over blinds?!) and un-relatable. If I would have known this book was 85% about cycling your body to the moon I would have passed.

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  • Leona
  • 05-10-2020

Worth a read

This book had some helpful strategies for a woman in business. I am not sure whether men would find it as helpful but after tracking and working with nature it has helped release the pressure to push through. I feel this is overall a more productive way to work whilst maintaining my sanity and happiness. I have taken value from this book and implemented it.