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  • Published: 29 November 2022
  • ISBN: 9780593419007
  • Imprint: Portfolio
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $49.99

Tranquility by Tuesday

9 Ways to Calm the Chaos and Make Time for What Matters



For anyone who’s sick of letting to-do lists dictate their time, Laura Vanderkam, the bestselling author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, shares nine strategies for reclaiming your hours

Do you find yourself hoping that someday, life will be less hectic? One day, you say, you’ll finally have time for the activities that you love – writing that book, completing that triathlon, traveling with friends. But if the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that life is unpredictable. If we’re not careful, dull, unfulfilling tasks can quickly occupy our precious hours, derail our best-laid plans, and make life feel like a slog.

In Tranquility by Tuesday, Laura Vanderkam explains that if you want something to happen, you need to design your life to make it happen. Work crises, childcare emergencies, and home repairs are inevitable, and the mundane tasks of life – cooking, cleaning, laundry – aren’t going anywhere. To make time for what matters, you need a resilient schedule, not a perfect schedule. Based on a time diary study of over 150 people, Vanderkam shares nine strategies for building opportunities for joy, nourishment, and fulfillment into your week, such as:

• Three times a week is a habit
• One big adventure, one little adventure
• Effortful before effortless

This is more than a time management book about “how to do it all.” It’s a look at how real people changed their lives using Vanderkam’s nine rules, and how you can do the same. It’s about intentionally living the life that you want to live, and becoming an autonomous steward of life’s possibilities.

  • Published: 29 November 2022
  • ISBN: 9780593419007
  • Imprint: Portfolio
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $49.99

About the author

Laura Vanderkam

Laura Vanderkam is the bestselling author of What the Most Successful People Do Before BreakfastAll the Money in the World168 Hours, and Grindhopping. She is a frequent contributor to Fast Company's website and a member of USA Today's board of contributors. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York TimesFortune, and other publications. She lives with her husband and their four children outside Philadelphia.

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