Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Taming the Work Week: Out Today!

I am happy to announce that my second book is out today! Taming the Work Week: Work Smarter Not Longer is now available for the Kindle. Other formats will follow along soon.

The book had its genesis in several blog posts I wrote about productivity- most notably my post on having a work limit- and a somewhat insane decision to write a book while also working full time and parenting two children.

Taming the Work Week is a short eBook about getting the most from your time at work, so that you can also have a life outside work... and, I don't know, write a book or something. Although I used pieces of some blog posts, I also wrote quite a bit of text specifically for this book, so even long time readers of this blog will find something new.

The book is not specifically about working motherhood. In fact, I argue in it that it is best to keep the effort to bring our work weeks under control separate from parenting. My initial realizations about having a work limit occurred long before I had children. However, if you've ever wondered how I combine motherhood with having large career ambitions, this book is the answer. And it is not just me: I was at a conference for women in science on Saturday, and attended a session on entrepreneurship. The two entrepreneurs speaking both had kids, and one was a single mother. They were asked how they combined entrepreneurship and motherhood, and their answers echoed a lot of the techniques I discuss in the book.

This book has been a long time coming. I'm excited to have you all read it. I hope you'll get a copy, and most importantly, I hope that if you read it, you find it helpful.

Laura Vanderkam has a nice post about the book up today, if you'd like to read more about it. I'll post links to other reviews as they become available.

13 comments:

  1. Looking forward to reading it!

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  2. Sounds interesting. Glad you didn't just focus on work/life needs for moms (or parents). I think many people can get something out of this!

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  3. Awesome, congrats! I've added it to my wish-list :)

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  4. Have just purchased! I need to still blog my review of Laura's latest, and am busy with nice girls don't get rich, but then it's yours - can't wait because I love your take on these work issues!

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  5. Congrats on your book! I look forward to reading it. And GMP wrote about it earlier today too.

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  6. Sarah2:14 AM

    I'm looking forward to the other formats following along soon, since I don't have a kindle or tablet of any sort... is it possible to buy an e-book and just download it to read on a normal computer?

    Also, when I visit the Amazon page, it still says "This title is not available for purchase." Wonder if that's because I'm in the UK?

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    1. You can get free Kindle software to read Kindle books on a PC. That's what I have. Here's the link

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_pc_mkt_lnd?docId=1000426311

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    2. I've got a query into the publisher about the UK thing. I know that someone in New Zealand was able to purchase, so I am guessing the problem with the UK is just a glitch.

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    3. Sarah7:19 AM

      Thanks, guys - it's purchase-able for me now! And thanks for the tip about the Kindle software, GMP. :)

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  7. Here a newish reader and fan of your no-nonsense blog on work and parenthood finally getting the nerve to delurk and ask: is there anything you cannot do, woman? I was going to ask "How do you do it? How do you cram the time to publish two non-academic books in a few months?" but then realized, duh, that's exactly what the book (and some favorite posts) explain. Looking forward to reading this!

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    1. Thanks! I am glad you like my blog and hope you like the book. There are a lot of things I can't/don't do, though... I should write a post about that sometime! It is all about prioritization.

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