Issue 130 - 02 | How to Have it All: A Career, Kids, Free Time, and a Full Night's Sleep.

By Laura Vanderkam
Published June 10, 2015 11:00 a.m.
“I like to think I’m a good steward of my hours—I write and speak about time management for a living!—but in terms of having space for what matters to me, I’m far from the only one. The popular narrative about women, work, and life is full of what I call 'recitations of dark moments': these lamentations about missed soccer games, or waking up at 5:15 a.m. to do laundry. They imply that working motherhood requires becoming some maxed out mess. And yet the reality is that women with big careers have far more balanced lives than the popular narrative conveys. That’s good news for anyone wondering if it’s possible to have a career, kids, free time, and even a full night’s sleep. It is possible to have it all, not just in theory, but in how we live our day-to-day lives.”

About Laura Vanderkam | Laura Vanderkam is the bestselling author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, I Know How She Does It, and 168 Hours, among others. Her 2016 TED talk, “How to Gain Control of Your Free Time,” has been viewed more than 5 million times. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, and other publications. She lives with her husband and their four children outside Philadelphia.

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