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Do Less: The Unexpected Strategy for Women to Get More of What They Want in Work and Life

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  913 ratings  ·  125 reviews
A practical and spiritual guide for working moms to learn how to have more by doing less.

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 a
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Hay House Inc.
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Jun 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was so disappointed in this book. I am a busy, working mom and I liked the concept of the 14 experiments in doing less- I was hoping for some practical advice on how to simplify and streamline routines and habits to ease stress. There was a little bit of that in some of the experiments- making a weekly instead of daily to do list, for example, is something I will definitely try. But first you have to get through chapters and chapters of nonsense about feminine energy, lunar cycles, menstrual c ...more
Kristin Boldon
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, borrowed
Rounding up to two stars because I was curious enough to finish it. This book is a dumbed-down, mystical-female version of Tim Ferriss, with often painful writing. Examples: "If you find yourself wearing your cranky pants six out of seven days of the week, something's gotta give, lady."

Sentences that made me wonder if I should stop reading were: "But the craving for chips wasn't coming from a place of emotional emptiness or stress where I was trying to cover something I didn't want to feel with
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, this book just didn't really do it for me. I managed to eek out a couple points that will be useful in my life. Much of it just was too generic, too fluffy, and just wrong for me at this time.

The idea of this book is to take tiny experiments in your life revolving around doing less. Sounds like a great concept! The author spends a lot of time sharing experiences from her own life, marriage, and kids. Personal experience can be a profound place to begin a story. I just couldn't connect to
Christine Fitzgerald
“The world doesn’t need you busy. The world needs you here. And it’s enough. Do less. Let it be enough. And, as a result, enjoy the miraculous experience of being more of who you are.”
Great book, perfect read for all mothers and those who tend to do instead of be.
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect for the perfectionist/ recovering-perfectionist mother. As a working mom, I always feel like I’m not doing enough. Not being involved enough with my daughter’s daily enrichment. Not putting in enough hours to be seen as dedicated to my professional growth. Not giving enough of me to by husband and our relationship... This book brings busyness into perspective as not actually the difference maker, reminds us women to work with our natural feminine energy cycles, and gives tangible steps t ...more
Sarah K.
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Dear publishers, can we please stop with the "busy mom" books that are really only for wealthy cis white women? I'm going to admit that this was a DNF for me. I stopped reading when one of the suggestions for simplifying was to get rid of your second residence. (Ok, but I'm keeping my super yacht.)

Northup talks a lot about your menstrual phases, and how they connect to the moon, and affect your energy. Although it is a little woo-woo, I did find this part interesting. But the tips for how to app
Eve Dangerfield
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting, I'm still in the process of adapting some of the strategies for day to day life but I really liked this hyper female-focused take on productivity and planning.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t even know how I had time to read this book but the authors interview with Marie Forleo had me buy it right away. (Her interview is better than the book) it was interestingly not new information entirely but confirmation on what I already knew was true - women need permission to do everything it seems. White space, unplanning, get rid of tasks that don’t need to be done by you, the moon cycles, your energy cycles, family requests. Her examples all being based around just birthing two kids ...more
Anna B
Not sure why this is in the Parenting section of my local library... The advice Kate gives applies equally to single women, couples, and families. Her thoughts on a cyclical day completely changed my perspective on planning projects and to-do lists. I started following her worksheets for a month and was absolutely shocked at the insight and results from paying more attention to my body. Highly recommend.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the pursuit of productivity I am always on the lookout for new, better approaches. While I loved the narrative, research, and methodology presented in this book, I wouldn't call Kate's methods revolutionary. But I am definitely looking forward to implementing some things! ...more
Constanza Camacho
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
How do we spend our days, how can we identify what is and what is not a good use of our time, and why we shouldn’t be the jack of all trades, master of none, are topics you can read about in this book.

Kate Northrup’s do less philosophy is the complete opposite of our current do a lot culture.
Here are some key takeaways:

1.- Don’t be a burnout version of yourself. Stress shrinks the brain.

2.- Do less. It frees up time to do more of what matters to you most.

3.- Work on things you love to do, and/
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I bought this book after seeing Kate interviewed on Marie Forleo's MarieTV, and completely connected with every aspect of what she was talking about in terms of the content in her book and the idea that we can create a life where we aren't "doing" to exhaustion, and that our businesses and lives can be MORE successful (even from a financial aspect) by doing less. There were many different facets presented in the interview and each one was a "YES!" moment for me. So I bought the book. The book wa ...more
Charul Palmer-Patel
There are some interesting ideas in this book, but mostly her suggestions come from a place of privilege. She has very little awareness of people who don’t have the financial freedom to do her “do less” suggestions. I suppose if you’re a medical doctor, with medical parents, then you can implement her suggestions easily. ...
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting approach to time management. I'm using the parts that resonated with me and incorporating them with other tools. Keeping the solid theme of 'doing less to do more' in mind. for example - is my 'to-do' list for the day manageable or am I setting myself up for failure?
I think Kate is wonderful and I greatly enjoy her books & blog & social media posts.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
So bad. I tried longer than I wanted to keep reading but couldn't get through it. Nothing concrete, rambling about the cosmos and things with little to no evidence to support. ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting take on how tracking your cycle can allow you to understand yourself better and use your time more effectively. Definitely worth a read, take what you need, leave what you don't. ...more
When I put this book on hold, I didn’t realize it was for busy moms. I thought it was for busy women. Despite the focus on women with children, there were some helpful things in here. The focus on tracking your entire cycle was helpful. However, the chapters were so story-based (focused on her) that I found myself skimming the start of each chapter so I didn’t have to hear more. She’s a white, wealthy woman with a splash of woo on her side... and that’s not always the most appealing to me. Howev ...more
Marissa Alexander
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
She argues that our lives are cyclical, rather than linear. Because of this, we should embrace rest/self-care. It was interesting.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not really my type of book, so that is probably why the lower rating. Did have some gems in it I will hopefully carry forward. I couldn't get into some of the cycle stuff. May be valid, but I can't buy in. Plus, seems like you would have more ability to schedule you work w your energy as an entrepreneur versus working a corporate job. Maybe that is just an excuse, but couldn't buy into it. ...more
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book.
Lauren B
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved the information and philosophy, but the writing style wasn’t my jam. It kind of felt like reading a 235 page Instagram caption. Will definitely use the philosophy though!
Sarah Baltensperger
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed most of this book. The pieces around “women’s cycles” and “cosmos” I couldn’t connect with, and skimmed through those pieces. But, there were quite a few tangible recommendations that really made me think and I will try to implement.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
A little conflicted on this one. I really wanted to like it and I plan to really do some of the reflection she suggests but I don't consider it "Revolutionary" as expressed on the cover. Overall, take a look at some of the other positive reviews to see if their examples/excerpts interest you before reading but I'm definitely glad I didn't spend hours and hours on this one.

- I think the idea of planning projects/activities around our feminine cycle is interesting but only works for those h
Jess Howard
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Kate gave me guidance on tracking my menstrual cycle and connecting it with the lunar cycle to see when I had energy and when I didn't and how to respect my body during the latter times. I have now taken that into my every day life and have seen great differences in myself and the relationship with others around me. ...more
Liz Sawyer
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Part memoir, part self help the overall theories and strategies themselves are food for thought for moms that will cause you to read, pause & decide what resonates with you. Found she is very repetitious in stating almost identical paragraphs throughout first half of book. In her beginning paragraphs she introduces a key foundation for all her values as tied to cosmic (moon cycles) and menstrual-hormonal cycles of women. For some this will be way too woo-woo and might turn off from continuing? S ...more
Abby C
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Basically a glaring ad for her membership site (which I get, a membership is a ton more lucrative than a book...). But some of the concepts were really helpful and the idea that my capacity for creative work might be altered based on where I am in my cycle was a useful thing to grok. I liked the idea of only picking three things to do in a week (rather than a day) but the reality is I need to do a dozen things in a week in order to keep my life and business running.
Most productivity books are wr
Julie Schooler
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this book might be like the many self-help books out there that prescribe exercise, sleep and more vegetables. It did mention those things but what made it different AND interesting was its view of linking menstrual and moon cycles to how we, as women, can most efficiently work and rest. Then the 14 experiments were practical and easy to adopt if you wished to. I liked the first half better than the second half and wished it had ended with a roundup or some sort of high point conclusio ...more
Ida Jagaric
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thought revolution for approaching your task list and even your life. :) I've burnt out twice in the last year and needed to start doing things differently, more sustainably. I needed revolutionary advice, not just "schedule time for you", "plan better", "manage your time better", "get up earlier" which I've heard A LOT. All that stuff could almost be described as 'Do More' advice. Advice which just fed my productivity obsession that inevitably led to burnout. Anyways this book is a way to loo ...more
Lennis Perez
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, it gave me some very useful practical tips that I am incorporating into my day to day life. Paying attention to my hormonal cycle has made a difference and I'm sure it will continue to do so as the months pass. I also love the inward questions she throws at you, great book. I will highly recommend it.
On a side note, I would say this book would've not been as useful as few years ago when I was still operating under the "shoulds" and hadn't started my inward and self-re
Aislin Noël
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of the best self help books I have ever read! Kate offers incredibly humble yet insightful advice from the perspective of stepping outside of cultural assumptions about time, productivity, energy and self worth. Beautiful beautiful beautiful! I gotta go now, gonna read this one 8 more times to make sure it sticks! :)
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