Book Review: Do Less

Synopsis on Kobo.com

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 all in,” time management, and leaning in, as so many books geared at ambitious women do, this book embraces the notion that through doing less women can have–and be–more.

The addiction to busyness and the obsession with always trying to do more leads women, especially working mothers, to feel like they’re always failing their families, their careers, their spouses, and themselves. This book will give women the permission and tools to change the way they approach their lives and allow them to embrace living in tune with the cyclical nature of the feminine, cutting out the extraneous busyness from their lives so they have more satisfaction and joy, and letting themselves be more often instead of doing all the time.

Do Less offers the reader a series of 14 experiments to try to see what would happen if she did less in one specific way. So, rather than approaching doing less as an entire life overhaul (which is overwhelming in and of itself), this book gives the reader bite-sized steps to try incorporating over 2 weeks!

Do Less by Kate Northrup

What I Thought:

I enjoyed this book and definitely got a few useful tips from the experiments. As someone who has already gone through a life-changing medical diagnosis, that changed how I take care of myself so I don’t get into burnout I appreciated what Kate is trying to teach her readers.

There are 14 experiments that you can try, journal through and figure out just how to move through the world differently (especially as a Mother). I definitely did write down my vital few (things that matter to me most) in a note on my phone and then appreciate the chapter on checking your vitals (which involves reviewing your activities each month) to ensure they line up with your vitals.

Before I got pregnant and birthed the twins into this world, I had started to really align with planning out my months based on my menstrual cycle. I need to get back to how I plan my activities around the new and the full moon and my four phases of energy each month. So this book is a great resource for a woman trying to align more with her monthly energy cycle vs. trying to focus on the men’s 24-hour energy cycle.

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