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Laura Vanderkam

Author of Off the Clock, 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think and I Know How She Does It

Laura Vanderkam at Chicago Ideas Week
  • About Laura Vanderkam

    Laura Vanderkam, a Philadelphia-area journalist, is the author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think (Portfolio, 2010), and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (Portfolio, 2013). She is the author of the new book, I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time (Portfolio, 2015), which is a time diary study of 1000 days in the lives of professional women and their families. Her latest book, Off the Clock, provides strategies for shifting one’s mindset when confronted with an overwhelming schedule to maximize productivity. She is a frequent contributor to Fast Company’s website, and is a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors. She lives with her husband and three children, and blogs daily at

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    168 Hours: Succeeding at Work and Life, 24/7

    Drawing on the themes from her time management books, Laura talks about how to manage the 168 hours we all have each week to get the most out of your professional and personal life. In addition to sharing her top 10 time management tips, Laura can work with a few audience members beforehand to tweak their schedules, and incorporate the results into her talk.

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  • Praise for Laura Vanderkam

    Praise for Off the Clock

    Short of discovering an additional 25th hour what makes time so different for those rare productive, unstressed people? Laura Vanderkam knows–and can teach you. If you want to do more without losing your sense of peace along the way, make time for Off the Clock.

    Jon Acuff, author of Finish and Do Over

    Laura Vanderkam delivers a compelling and evidence-based argument that busyness is overrated in our current culture. Living a full life, at work and at home, is about doing the right things well, and confidently missing out on everything else.

    Cal Newport, author of Deep Work

    Laura Vanderkam is one of the world’s leading experts in time management and productivity. If you’re feeling too busy, stressed out, or overworked, reading her insights in Off the Clock can change your life.”

    Dorie Clark, author of Stand Out and adjunct professor, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business

    Praise for I Know How She Does It

    She’s a stone-cold time-maximizing genius, and she’s sick of the defeatist narrative about working mothers: that they have no time to breathe. They actually have plenty of time, Ms. Vanderkam argues in I Know How She Does It, and she’s got the stats to prove it.

    The Wall Street Journal

    As a busy CEO, I was inspired by the hundreds of people Vanderkam studied who found ample time for career, family, and self in the same 168 hours available to everyone, each week. If my entire team read this book, we would all benefit.

    Richard Sheridan, CEO and chief storyteller, Menlo Innovations, and author of Joy, Inc.

    An empowering guide for professionals who want to figure out how to become superstars in their fields while building satisfying lives.

    Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You and Stand Out

    For many years I’ve wanted to see reflected in our collective conversation what I know to be true in women’s lives: that many of us are happily combining work and motherhood, and loving both. Laura Vanderkam has written the book that’s been sorely missing, and she does so with an impassioned, eloquent voice, important new research, and the warmth of a dear friend.

    Tara Mohr, author of Playing Big

    As an entrepreneur and mother, I’m invested in honing time management strategies that enrich my life instead of taking any enjoyment or flexibility out of it—and Laura Vanderkam understands that. In her new book, she shares how busy people build full, productive careers and happy homes as well. You’ll find lot of tools that can help you make time for everything that’s important and cut out what’s not.

    Angela Jia Kim, founder of Om Aroma & Co. and Savor
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