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Brought to you by Penguin. 

We all know the pressure of feeling like we should be grinding 24/7 while simultaneously being told that we should 'just relax' and take care of ourselves, like we somehow have to decide between success and sanity. But in today's complex working world, where every hobby can be a hustle and social media is the lens through which we view not only others but also ourselves, this seemingly impossible choice couldn't be further from our reality. 

In Working Hard, Hardly Working, entrepreneur and self-proclaimed 'lazy workaholic' Grace Beverley challenges this unrealistic and unnecessary split and offers a fresh take on how to create your own balance, be more productive and feel fulfilled.

Includes practical advice on:

  • The life-changing art of the to-do table: perfect your productivity method and do more of what you love
  • Making your routine work for you: optimise your habits and reap the benefits
  • Getting into and managing your flow: boost your creativity and enjoy your everyday
  • Engaging in effective self-care: how stepping back will help you move forwards

Insightful, curious and refreshingly honest, Working Hard, Hardly Working will make you reflect on what you want from your life and work - and then help you chart your path to get there.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Grace Beverley (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Author not experienced in subject matter

I saw this book in The Times and it really resonated with me, however once I started listening, I just couldn’t get into it. I tried a few times but it sounded like a poorly written essay, using a thesaurus to bump out the work count, with no meaningful points or conclusions. The author’s blurb sounded impressive (which got me interested) however after a some basic internet digging, the blurb is an exaggerated white lie! The author is an influencer and her businesses were created using a ‘business in a box’ influencer company, cashing in on her social media following. Her (it looks like now deleted) YouTube channel was based on click bait Oxford uni/fitness/big bottom content and she has no qualifications in fitness or business (her degree was in music). I have no issues with influencers making money selling their wares, however I feel it’s pretty arrogant to market this author as an expert in business and productivity to the point she is validated enough to write a book. She has little to no experience other than graduating university in a field unrelated to her career. If she wrote about how to be a successful influencer, I wouldn’t have bought her book but at least it would be authentic. The publishers are clearly cash-grabbing from her following.

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Nothing revolutionary

I really look up to Grace and everything she’s done with TALA and her online space but I have to say I didn’t get much out of this book. I thought it would be more about her journey into the work that she does when it was mostly a discussion on how to have a work life balance, with tips that I didn’t think were anything I hadn’t heard before. SMART goals, making lists, taking breaks etc. Not my favourite read (but still love Grace).

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Thought provoking, fabulous listen!

So many nuggets of wisdom and thought provoking topics to help us self actualise and practice honesty with our own shit & work towards goals. LOVE IT, Go Grace!

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Long IG post

I felt it was basically a long Instagram rant from someone who is stating the obvious problem that everyone else is talking about with no answer to the problem. I was slightly irritated that she built a successful business through hussle culture and writes a book before she has put an alternative way of building a business from scratch to the test.

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Should’ve believed the reviews

As others have said, this is just a copy of other people’s work and very wishy washy.
I could not finish the book because as well as finding her long winded way of talking tedious, i found the authors voice more hypnotising rather than inspiring.

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Badly written essay

Couldn't listen to any more than the moaning of the first chapter written in a school essay style. She seamed to completely ignore that most people have to work and be productive as they are getting paid to do so, it not a choice for you to decide not to be productive that day. Perhaps it gets better but I wish I hadn't waisted my money.

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excellent listen

currently on my second listen of this audio book by grace, there's a lot of Little bits of useful advice within her book. there were a few kick up the arse sections I really liked. I loved her point, put minimal effect in & get minimal rewards. if you don't put the effort into what your doing you won't reach your full potential. this I've learnt the last few years, it's always great to hear it put in another fresh perspective. thanks for the book Grace, I'll continue listening to it until everything sinks in.

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Boring and Ranty

No substance to the book, all about Grace. Big disconnect as the only reason she got where she was was because of upbringing.

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Good book, don’t like the swearing

I think it’s a very relatable book. A lot of what she said about always feeling like you need to be working and making money as a young person in this day and age was sooo true. I also liked her productivity tips and I’ll try and apply some of it to my real life.

However, I really didn’t care for the profanity. Dropping the ‘f’ bomb multiple times was pretty off putting tbh but that’s just me, I know people who swear will probably feel different.

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Nothing new

I admire Grace very much... but this book was just not for me, there was nothing I hadn't heard before unfortunately!