What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings--and Life (A Penguin Special from Por tfolio)

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings--and Life (A Penguin Special from Por tfolio)

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by Laura Vanderkam
     
 
Mornings are a madcap time for many of us. We wake up in a haze—often after hitting snooze a few times. Then we rush around to get ready and out the door so we can officially start the day. Before we know it, hours have slipped by without us accomplishing anything beyond downing a cup of coffee, dashing off a few emails, and dishing with our coworkers around the

Overview

Mornings are a madcap time for many of us. We wake up in a haze—often after hitting snooze a few times. Then we rush around to get ready and out the door so we can officially start the day. Before we know it, hours have slipped by without us accomplishing anything beyond downing a cup of coffee, dashing off a few emails, and dishing with our coworkers around the water cooler. By the time the workday wraps up, we’re so exhausted and defeated that any motivation to accomplish something in the evening has vanished.

But according to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives.

Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day. While many of us are still in bed, these folks are scoring daily victories to improve their health, careers, and personal lives without sacrificing their sanity. For instance, former PepsiCo chairman and CEO Steve Reinemund would rise at 5:00 a.m., run four miles, pray, and eat breakfast with his family before heading to work to run a Fortune 500 company.

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast is a fun, practical guide that will inspire you to rethink your morning routine and jump-start your life before the day has even begun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591845768
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/12/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
55,209
File size:
446 KB

Meet the Author

Laura Vanderkam is the author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think and All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, USA Today, Scientific American, and Reader’s Digest, among other publications. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and their three children.

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What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: Make Over Your Mornings, Make Over Your Life 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
ABC-Den More than 1 year ago
Whole book can be summed up in a single paragraph. Multiple ways of saying exactly the same thing without going into any details as to fine tuning if you are already running this sequence of events.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think Ms Vanderkam has clearly identified the most important part of the day. She is absolutely correct about the importance of getting a jump start on the day and how that can make all of the difference. I hope she will follow this with a book on how to get to bed. One of the subjects that she mentions gets up early in order to develop their to-do list. I have heard of others who would develop their to-do list in the evening. I guess the point is not morning or evening, but rather to simply write the list.
stefwriter More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book and it inspired me to get back my life back on track. The down-to-earth writing conveys that the time you spend for yourself - in meditation, prayer, exercising or with loved ones - at the beginning of the day sets the tone for not only your day, but for your life. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its about time someone wrote a quick easy treatise on time management that is fun practical and easy to implement. I enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading more of her work. 168 hours is her other book on this subject and looks to be well worth the time to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book Wednesday night and finished it on the elliptical machine Thursday morning all in one setting. Great and practical book on how to carve out "me" time to exercise, pray, meditate, etc. I love Laura's writing style and her sense of humor. A must read! As I always look for extra time to myself, this hits the bullseye! Ray Ruecker
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book, it's a short and simple read and makes a lot of sense and gave me some ideas .
RedVelvetCheesecake More than 1 year ago
Vanderkam explains the importance of morning routine. She goes into detail on time management, but she doesn't simply say "do this" or "do that" she offers reasonable explanations of how and why the skills in the book work. My first reading of the book was simply a reading. Next time I go back through the book, I will study each the details. I recommend it if you are looking for better ways to manage you life and your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all, it's 37 pages. Missed that before buying. There are a lot of good paragraphs about people waking up early and being productive. If you're already waking early and giving your mornings to top priority activites, this probably won't be life changing. On the other hand, if your mornings are chaotic and non-productive, it would be a good starting point to get you thinking.
JABJr More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be one of those that you should read once a year, remind yourself of good habits. It takes very little to read but has a profound impact.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This short read has inspired me to make over my mornings. Me-time is easier in the early morning hours. Hello exercise, meditation and ahhhh. :)
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It's a quick, easy read that offers great suggestions on accomplishing what is truly important to you.
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