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"I Don't Know How She Does It" List by FavePages Team

by FavePages Team, posted to Career & Money

Whether you are a woman or mom working full-time outside the home or not, many scenes from the book (and now movie) "I Don’t Know How She Does It" can ring true. There are days where I wonder how some of us ladies make it all work. We'd like to pull together a list of blog posts, tips, lists, j... More »

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BOOK: I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother

Allison Pearson's debut novel, I Don't Know How She Does It, is a rare...more

Give yourself some good laughs as this working mom of two and primary breadwinner tries to make it all work. Smart, witty, funny.

Rebecca: I would clarify: whatever Kate does, do the opposite!

Adrienne: I didn't realize this was a book. I'll have to check that out.

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BOOK: Me, Myself & Inc.

DeMao has been raising a small business and 3 daughters for over 25...more

Suggested by sldunlimited

DeMao says that people feel pulled in so many directions because “they are trying to balance what cannot be divided by two!” Me, Myself & Inc informs readers how to create synergy between all areas of their lives and find success in doing so.

FavePages Team: This sounds like a great book! Will definitely need to check it out

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This book gives tons of tips to women on How to Break the Glass...more

Suggested by Sonja Fisher

This book has great tips for woman! My chapter 24 - gives 10 tips for them to succeed in Corporate America.

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TIP: Remember You


Suggested by Haleh Rabizadeh Resnick

Never Never put yourself last. You have to have a sense of yourself and your well being. Otherwise, you may be doing it all and be miserable inside OR you may be doing it all and just be doing too much- recipe for collapsing and dropping the ball.

FavePages Team: This is a great tip that many of us often forget.

Cris: The title of the tip say it all!

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~Experience the Art of Living Well~

Suggested by Cris Simone

Always carry yourself with elegance, style and grace no matter how hectic life becomes. Dress well, wear makeup, and style your hair. It simply feels good when you look good.

Jackie: I like this tip! It is one that I often forget when I am rushing to try to get to work on time.

Cris: This is what gets me through those tough days at the office. Helps me to feel like I'm gliding, not shuffling, through the day.

Eden Godsoe: You mean no more make-up-less faces and wet ponytails for work?! Just kidding - I really should take an extra 10-15 minutes in the am to pull myself together!

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TIP: Appreciative Living


Suggested by Denise Ercolino Yarrison

Keep a light heart & a positive spirit thru attentiveness to what's working well in your day, what you appreciate in any moment; not what's going wrong, or what we didn't get done. The latter are sure energy drainers! Read more on my blog..

Jackie: I will definitely be checking out your blog..and I need to work on staying light hearted and positive, because I do drain myself with "should have done this" thoughts.

Denise Ercolino: Hi Jackie! I catch myself saying "I should've" or "I shouldn't have" often! It helps me to switch to more empowering language like "I will / won't do that" or "I choose to / choose not to...".

Cris: With all that is happening in the world around us, we must live with gratitude and appreciation.

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TIP: Get a Hobby

Whether it's crafting, cooking, photography or something else, having a hobby and making time for it is so important to today's busy woman. It is truly "you" time.

Jackie: I agree. When it is a hobby that you love and truly are interested in, despite how busy life gets, there always seems to be some time where you can "work" on this hobby.

Eden Godsoe: Quite honestly, I feel like I need to get a hobby or get back into some of the things I used to be passionate about & spend "me" time doing. It's tough when you work long hours & have young children, but I do think every woman should have at least one hobby that is truly her own.

Adrienne: finding time for me is so important. I love my yoga classes. It's a total escape!

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TIP: Priorities

Suggested by Amanda Pekoe

Your partner is important to you, but so is your career. Make a "date" once each week to spend time with your spouse, even if it means bringing him or her to a work event.

FavePages Team: Date nights are a definite must!

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TIP: Make Goals | Fabulous&MoneySavvy


Suggested by Bahiyah Shabazz

Instead of overwhelming yourself, list 3-5 feasible goals each day that are measurable for progress. Revisit your goals in the morning and midday for any adjustments. >I like to highlight according to activities<

Jackie: I am definitely going to have to work on this one. I often feel like a spaz if I have too much on my plate and I tend to overwhelm myself. I will have to start making daily goals. Thanks for sharing :)

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TIP: Stay Organized

Suggested by Sapphire Bookkeeping

The best advice I can give is to keep an organized day planner. It doesn't matter if it electronic, a calendar on the wall or a paper calendar in your purse. Being able to write things down will help your mind remember them and get them done.

Jackie: I have a paper day planner, but I need to get better at leaving more detailed to-dos and using it more often.

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TIP: The Twisted Pencil

Suggested by Erika Walker

Tip: plan in advance - it usually works just fine when you're planning a week ahead; write down the schedules of every family member and organize yours' around those. Helps to organize your day while still being there for a family.

FavePages Team: Great tip! Scheduling is very important, and remembering to do so a week before allows for easy time managing.

Erika: Exactly! And it also helps not to miss important occasions like son's football game or a family gathering.

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TIP: Get Your Groceries deliverered


Order online at your convenience and chose a delivery slot that suits...more

Suggested by Margot Bloom

We waste so much time on grocery shopping - drive to Store put items in cart take items out of cart at checkout replace items in cart pack items into car drive home unpack car put away Add in traffic and small children for maximum wasted hours!

Jackie: I also make the mistake of not making a checklist or forgetting it and therefore I spend forever going down each isle seeing what I want/need. Added extra time is going grocery shopping hungry!

FavePages Team: Great idea, I will have to see if Trader Joe's does this..?

Cris: Love this tip. I am desperately waiting for Whole Foods to do this!

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TIP: Cook Once/Eat Twice


Suggested by Denise Dougherty

Cook enough for two meals. This will save you a tremendous amount of time!

Jackie: I have been seriously thinking about this because I wind up buying lunch when I could be cooking a larger dinner and eating leftovers for lunch. Will have to do this.

Erin: great idea to maximize benefits from your cooking time!

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~Experience the Art of Living Well~

Suggested by Cris Simone

Take a mental health day once a month to either do absolutely nothing, or only what you want to do. It gives you an opportunity to come back to center and refocus, especially when life is at its craziest.

FavePages Team: This is a great tip! Life can get so hectic and even on days off I wind up being busy doing errands I can't get done during work days.

Cris: For September, I took a mental health day with my mom at the Peninsula Hotel's afternoon tea time. We felt like ladies of leisure.

Eden Godsoe: Such a good tip. Must remember to book my mental health day soon!

Cris: This month, my mental health day will be a spa day at Joanna Vargas Salon. Her facials always take years off my appearance!

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TIP: Have A "Me" Day | Fabulous&MoneySavvy


Suggested by Bahiyah Shabazz

Women take care of others before their personal needs. It's important to incorporate a "me" day for tranquility. Remember you can't take of everyone else unless you take care of yourself.

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TIP: Don't beat yourself up over the small things


Suggested by Denise Dougherty

Always remember - you can't be 100% on your game 100% of the time. Try your best, and learn from your mistakes.

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TIP: How I (try to) Do It All

Suggested by Amanda Armstrong

As a mother of 2 and first time entrepreneur, I find that spending 15 minutes or less in the evening and morning tying up loose ends (dishes to emails) helps me prepare for the next day - ready to (try) to do it all again!

Jackie: Doing the dishes and laundry in the morning does save a lot of time for doing other errands later in the's just the waking up a few minutes earlier to do it that I need to work on!

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TIP: ABC'S = Always Be Carrying Something

Suggested by Lisa

Follow the ABC'S. "Always Be Carrying Something." Baby on one hip, laptop in the other. Going upstairs? Bring the laundry with you. Going to work? Bring your mail, iphone, prescription refills and calendar.

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TIP: Best Quote to Live By in a Busy Life


Suggested by Denise Dougherty

"I can, and will, do everything I want to...just not all at one time. Patience!"

FavePages Team: Great quote!

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TIP: Finding Balance

Suggested by Candi Wingate

Busy moms have a lot in common with circus performers. We have to juggle many balls in the air - and we worry that it's all going to come crashing down at any moment! Additionally, we strive to perfect our balancing act, some days feeling more surefo...

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TIP: Don't Cheat Yourself On Sleep | 50% Off Comfy PJs

Sleep is one of the most important gifts you can give yourself. And there is nothing like comfy pajamas. Eversave has a great deal on packaged pajamas from PajamaGram. Click on the link to get your ZZZs started!

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WEBSITE: The Happiness Project

A blog about the pursuit of happiness.

A great blog about finding what makes YOU happy. It's different for everyone.

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WEBSITE: Mommy Tracked

Managing the chaos of modern motherhood

Smart articles from smart women. Witty, fun and informative read.

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WEBSITE: The Juggle on choices and tradeoffs people make as they juggle work and...more

Suggested by Erin

News, insight and tips on parenting, workplace issues, commuting, caregiving and other issues busy readers with families face. Plus, share and compare your own work-and-family experiences and to seek advice and recommendations.

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WEBSITE: Smart Girls Way

Suggested by Tara McKee Cousineau

For those of us who have a creative, entrepreneurial streak and want to figure out how to get a new idea or venture going take the survey, called Smart Girls Mirror, at Smart Girls Way. I found it a really a terrific tool for self-reflection!

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What is this new level of achievement we have created for ourselves?...more

Suggested by justbefriends

Will provide inspiration to see a different perspective!

Jackie: I am definitely going to check out this site, sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing :)

Organizing Tips and weekly projects you can do yourself to get your...more

Suggested by Cena Block

Free audio tips and e-book download to help you get started!

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BLOG: Full Plate no fork


Too much to do and not enough me to handle it all!

Suggested by Darla Arni

Let go of multi-tasking and regain your sanity!

Claudia: Is it bad that I feel weird when I am NOT Multi-tasking?!

FavePages Team: Great name and focus. Though I think I will always struggle w/ multitasking...I just can't stop myself.

Darla: No Claudia, of course not! We have been encouraged to feel that way over the years. But to improve our quality of life we need to know when a little multi-tasking is okay and when it is motiviated by feelings of 'should' or 'have to'.

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Advice and Encouragement To Simplify Your Life

Suggested by Diane Sullivan

This list of tips is just a few ideas that you can use to free up your weekends. Everyone needs time to recharge for the next week.

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BLOG POST: How Do You Do It All? | Hello Ladies

Hello Ladies is a news and information source offering compelling...more

People always ask me, “How do you do it all?” I am a full time working mother –in fact I’m the family breadwinner. “It’s easy,” I tell them. “But my house is always dirty and I have no friends.”

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BLOG POST: There’s an App for That | SkinnyScoop Blog

There are apps that: increase attention span, motivate good behavior,...more

None of them seem to tout that they keep the kids quiet on a hot summer day when you need to get a little work done and no one is getting along. Let’s face it people, this is a pretty darn good reason to download some!

In honor of Labor day, Carla Sameth explores the myths of working...more

Suggested by Carla Sameth

Single Mom's perspective: It's ok if she doesn't do it all

Suggested by Georgette Pascale

My tips are worthy because I have decoded the work-life balance into just three easy building blocks. They work for me and I believe they will at the very least provide starting points to others seeking the same. Enjoy your life and your work too!

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BLOG POST: Clean Faster with a House Cleaning Schedule | The Budget Diet

A house cleaning schedule will let you clean faster and in less time....more

Suggested by Kristl Story

A refreshing approach to house cleaning! Who wouldn't love to avoid Saturday cleaning day?

Jackie: This is a very good idea! I am not a fan of taking 1 full day to clean everything. It's exhausting.

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BLOG POST: Are You a Mom and Trying to Do it All?

As a mom, we try to do it all. For example, I teach, do workshops,...more

Suggested by Sally Shields

The lovely Jackie Sandoval tells me tip #1 is a work in progress!!!!

Jackie: It really is! I am such a procrastinator and have been working on finding the best way to record my to-do list (i.e. paper, day planner, app)

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BLOG POST: Time Management for Moms - Time Saving Tips | The Budget Diet

Time management for moms will help you tackle your to do list with...more

Suggested by Kristl Story

It's a reminder of how important it is to schedule your day, make lists and actually get things done!

Claudia: Just checked out this site, what great tips! Is this your blog?

Kristl Story: yes...thanks so much! If you'd like more tips on organizing, I devote an entire category to it: because I believe that time is money! Organize your life & SAVE!

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BLOG POST: Ten Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms

As a full-time workin'-woman, mother to a very large toddler, and...more

Suggested by Maree Jones

This is list-worthy because all busy mamas want to cut corners without cutting quality. I show you how to do it!

Claudia: Love the advice on this post! And yes breakfast is very important!

FavePages Team: Very helpful tips that just need to become more of a habit so that I don't keep forgetting a step or 2.

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BLOG POST: Resolution - Get Organized - Save Time and Money | The Budget Diet

Resolution - Organize your life in 10 short days, so you can save both...more

Suggested by Kristl Story

10 simple changes you can make to simplify and organize your life! Challenge yourself to make 1 change each week!

Jackie: I'm going to have to try this.

FavePages Team: Simple goals that can change a lot...great tips!

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BLOG POST: End of the Work Day Ritual


How to turn work off at the end of the day

Suggested by Kathy Mcdonald

This blog has lots of great work/life balance tips. This post suggests a tool for turning work off at the end of the day.

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BLOG POST: How to Live Like Kate Middleton | The Daily Beast

Want to weather the recession with style? Tips on how to satisfy your...more

Best tip: Follow the French. French women don’t overbuy. They purchase the basics and wear them over and over again in a variety of combinations. This isn’t just a fashion tip. It can be applied to whatever is on your list. As long as you’r...

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BLOG POST: How Not to Hurry | Zen Habits

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Is it...more

Suggested by Erin

Tips for a Slower-Paced Life. Getting more done in less time by just doing less, but more important, things. All great.

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ARTICLE: Powerful women: How they do it all

"How do they manage to do it all?" That's still the No. 1 question...more

Suggested by Jackie

I came across this article on CNN with some great advice from top business women on how to "do it all" - having a family, dealing with cancer, and still having a powerful career. Stories from COO of Facebook and more. I recommend checking it out.

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POLL: Are you happy with your work-life balance?

Are you happy with your work-life balance? Check in here to see what others think too.

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Compromise is part of life. See what these women have compromised on the most since becoming moms and vote on what's change most in your life.

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FOR FUN: Cartoons about Women by Cathy Thorne

Click through on this link to see very funny cartoons about women like this one on "how I look at home for the person I want to have sex with" vs "how I look in public for people I don't want to have sex with."

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FOR FUN: Wave This In Case of Surrender

This image of the tissue paper inside an Altoids case just makes us laugh. Don't forget to laugh when you can, surrender when you must.

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FOR FUN: Singing the Working Mom Blues

You realize you're a working mother when... (*note, this post is much...more

Suggested by Maree Jones

Definitely list-worthy because we working mothers, and ladies that are "doing it all" have to see the humor in everyday situations. If not, we'll all go crazy. From using your kids toys for other uses to cutting the legs off pantyhose...

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RELATED LIST: Top Products and Tips for Busy Women and Working Moms by Eden Godsoe | SkinnyScoop

Great list of go-to products and tips to help you become super efficient and able to multitask with the best of them.

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RELATED LIST: Time Saving Internet Sites for Busy Moms by Erin McBride Crocker

There are just not enough hours in the day, and I am always looking...more

Love this list of sites that help us busy moms & working women save time!

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RELATED LIST: Top Ten Go-To Recipes by Christy Swildens | SkinnyScoop

Have a great list of go-to recipes ready in case you need them. Even if you are not a cook, it's good to have a few you can "go to" in a pinch.

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HauteLook hosts private, limited-time sale events with today's top...more

Suggested by Krista

Great office pieces at steep discounts in honor of the movie out 9/16 - what a fun event!

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Keeps me on time all of the time

Suggested by csankar

Great appointment setting and time management program. Great for moms on the go!

FavePages Team: Is this only compatible with BlackBerrys?

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APP: Remember the Milk!

This is an application that can help you to manage tasks, easily and...more

Suggested by Cheryl TheMentor Pullins

The really cool feature with this application is that it can remind you to "get the milk." This nifty tool will suggest nearby places for you to take care of some of the tasks on your list.

FavePages Team: We are always trying to figure out the best task app here at the office, I'll have to look into this one further. Thanks for the recommendation!

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Suggested by sarahb579

If you enjoy sleeping as much as I do- this new smart-fabric is for YOU! It's made with a high-tech process that neutralizes the stress that our bodies produce. Goodnighties like no other, moisture-wicks and is anti-microbial! It's all in the fabric!

allison: Goodnighties are great for helping to get a better night's sleep! Thanks, Goodnighties!

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Suggested by Bahiyah Shabazz

This list gives you the tools for personal growth and financial empowerment.

FavePages Team: This site looks very useful with tons of great tips, but did you mean to link to a particular blog post? Because I cannot find the list you are referring to.

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PRODUCT: Bye-Bye Vinegar, Hello to a New Full Circle Coffee Cleaning Experience

We invest in the best coffee machines in our quest for the perfect...more

Suggested by M. Giles

Full Circle easily cleans equipment in just moments! It’s odorless, prevents the spread of germs in the coffee machine, extends the life of the equipment and is biodegradable, phosphate free and made from naturally occurring ingredients.

Fawnda Camarillo: I may have to try this out.

M.: Here's where you can get it!

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