Books can do magical things. There are millions of them out there and there is one for every feeling and one perfect for every situation you’re experiencing. I’m early in my career, often overwhelmed by what I’ve taken on, and always looking for guidance from those who have really lived the life I am wanting to live and have. Here are six books for the overwhelmed career woman.

I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their TimeGot a lot on your schedule? Feeling a little overwhelmed? Love hearing from women who seem to be doing it all? Then you’ll love this book. Vanderkam is a time management guru and she collected the time logs of over 1000 days for women who make $100K+ and there’s so much you can learn from them, even if you’re just starting off in your career.

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think Another Vanderkam book, this is a great starting point for someone on their time management journey. This book is all about making time for what actually makes you happy, prioritizing tasks, and being reflective about how we already spend our time.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to LeadNo matter your feelings on big tech and politics, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg is heralded as one of the must read career books for women. I don’t necessarily buy everything she’s selling, but it’s a fascinating read if you’re wondering how to advance in your career while juggling real life and maybe even a family someday.

Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking HabitsHabits are hard, right? We all have some really bad ones and want to start some new ones that would benefit us, but I know I struggle with positive habit-formation. Gretchen Rubin tackles that in this book. She’s the Happiness Project queen and knows a lot about writing self-help, so this book is a great read for people, like me, trying to better understand why we have the habits we do and how to change them in a way that will benefit our lives.

You Are a BadassEveryone needs a book that will remind them how great they are, how far they’ve come so far, and how far they can go. Jen Sincero not only hypes you up in this book but she gives helpful tips about cementing your place as a badass forever. She talks about self-perception, meditation, gratitude, forgiveness, and more. She also has books on money and daily habits.

Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career.Need a kick in the career pants with sass and style? Look no further than Aliza Licht’s Leave Your Mark, in which she walks you through her career path and provides lessons on crafting a resume, networking and making connections, planning for your dream job, and more. She even talks about leaving her dream job and starting her own company, so this is a great book for women with an entrepreneurial spirit.

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Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member