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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
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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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  • 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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  • Samantha Karback
  • 07-04-2019

A must read for all women

I took more notes for this book than I’ve taken from a book in years!!! So many new ideas, eye opening moments, and brilliant takeaways! Thank you Kate for having the courage to share this message!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-11-2019

Favorite book of 2019

I went into this audiobook without any expectations and it blew me away. Everything is actionable. Everything makes sense. It even made me emotional in the marriage chapter. I will definitely listen to it and even buy the hard copy to go through the steps. Great job, Kate!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-2019

Must read for every woman!

Must read for every woman! This is a very practical book. I loved every chapter. Great insights.

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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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  • Lília Finelli
  • 22-06-2019

Sooo nice

This book was such an oasis in the desert. Everything I've been doing is in here, just in a more understandable way, I just cried in multiple parts. Loved it, loved it, loved it

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  • The Bees Nest
  • 18-06-2019

I love this book.

This book has inspired me to change the way I work and parent my twin toddlers.

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  • Sophia GB
  • 12-06-2019

Do less is way to be a good mom

I love this book! It's essential for any mom trying to do it all. Kate, thanks so much for your work and the beautiful reassuring ending.

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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!