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What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings—and Life | [Laura Vanderkam]

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings—and Life

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Laura Vanderkam. (P)2012 Gildan Media LLC

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    Emily 08-20-12
    Emily 08-20-12

    I have many interests. I was a Paramedic, Webmaster, Internet Marketer. Now a Registered Nurse and avid gardener.

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    "Little Power House of information"
    What about Laura Vanderkam???s performance did you like?

    Lots of to the point information without filler.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The book is very short, less than 2 hours. Everything in the book was informative and interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Top book under 2 hours I've listened to so far.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Smith 08-02-12
    J. Smith 08-02-12
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    "Seems obvious, but it wasn't..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I absolutely would. It is read in a tone that is easy to understand, follow, and feels like the author speaks from experience. She teaches you to not only make-over your mornings to find that time, but also makes it seem very possible, no matter how busy you are.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast?

    The list of what you can do with your time was the most memorable as it gave ideas of ways to use your time in the mornings in ways you may not think of.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There isn't a particular scene that was my favorite, however I really enjoyed the success stories of individuals that have made over their mornings and have integrated the tools into their lives successfully.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    It's important to make healthy choices and changes in your life for yourself first. If you don't have a daily ritual that you look forward to, you won't be as productive.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ria Toronto, ON, Canada 02-11-13
    Ria Toronto, ON, Canada 02-11-13

    Always strive for an open mind.

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    "Prayer and bible? Really?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Religious people?


    Would you be willing to try another book from Laura Vanderkam? Why or why not?

    Never say never, but probably not.


    What didn’t you like about Laura Vanderkam’s performance?

    Dragging and laboured to keep to, what seemed to be, an enforced slow pace, and choppy at times as a result. Was this done to perhaps stretch the material in a certain pre-defined length of time....? Found myself waiting for the next word to come.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some good pieces of advice that could be used in practice


    Any additional comments?

    Some good points, but way too many references to religion, which can be, as we all know, insulting to many people's open-minded intellect... I remember there were some such references in her book 168 Hours - You Have More Time than You Think and, while these were red flags, there weren't too many of them, and it was not difficult to disregard them and still focus on the many good points the book contained. But in this very short Guide to making over mornings, these references took a lot of the space, and it made it harder to focus on the objectiveness of the advice for the obvious reason that religious thinking is as far you one can possibly get from objectiveness....

    A definite step down from 168 Hours. Please have some respect for the ever growing number of agnostics and atheists in the modern world - the same way respect was given to religious folks.... There is a very easy way to do it - leave religion out. It has no place in a book about time management.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Cincinnati, OH, United States 01-08-13
    Amber Cincinnati, OH, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Motivating Book!"
    Where does What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up there with Eat to Live


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how clearly the author read and how she delivered her points simply


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed her stories of people who wake up early to accomplish things before breakfast.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Short read with invaluable information!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanne 09-17-12
    Jeanne 09-17-12
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    "Time Management How To"

    Get the most important tasks done first thing in the morning. I liked her repeated mentions of using that time for prayer. Short listen with some repetition, worth listening to. Looking forward to more from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colette Atlanta, GA, United States 09-01-12
    Colette Atlanta, GA, United States 09-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Just get up early and exercise"
    Would you try another book from Laura Vanderkam and/or Laura Vanderkam?

    No big revelations here. If you're not a morning person, you're out of luck.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Laura Vanderkam again?

    probably not.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was good, just not much to work with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There were a few good tips about getting organized.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    dayna MONTPELIER, OHIO, United States 08-31-12
    dayna MONTPELIER, OHIO, United States 08-31-12
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    "boring. uninformative. unoriginal."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book might be enjoyable for people who have never understood basic concepts such as getting up in the morning and exercising before work. The reader/author spoke so slowly that I couldn't even stand it for my entire drive to work this morning. I would be able to stick it out if I was gaining any new information whatsoever, but I wasn't. In the evening after work is a hectic time when you're tired and don't feel like doing anything?? No way!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will probably re-listen to Tina Fey's "Bossypants" because she taught me more about success than this book could even dream of. And she was joking most of the time.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If the reader had any inflection or excitement in her voice. I kept thinking it might get better and maybe there was some valuable information coming up, but I doubt if there was nothing worth hearing in the first 20 minutes, the rest of it would have disappointed as well.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The joke about looking forward to a mason jar full of wine at the end of a long day gave me a chuckle.


    Any additional comments?

    Save a few dollars and look for a podcast on this topic or read a blog. Nothing worth paying for here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael P. Brundage 08-30-12 Member Since 2010

    I am a lawyer, sport fan and avid boater

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    "Very Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The book was superficial and not very insightful. It was as if the author summarized every self-organization self-help book ever written and then published the summary as her own original thoughts.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Mystery


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Laura Vanderkam?

    She was fine.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator has a pleasant voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs L from Atl Georgia 08-29-12
    Mrs L from Atl Georgia 08-29-12 Listener Since 2009

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    "Overly basic; poorly narrated."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who has small children and who has never ever considered the notion that getting up earlier means you get more done.There were several good suggestions about priorities for parents of young children, and perhaps young parents would glean more.


    What was most disappointing about Laura Vanderkam’s story?

    The narration was horrendous. It sounded like it should have been a children's book. The first few minutes were so bad I almost stopped listening. The content was also incredibly elementary. People do a lot early. Not a new concept. Some of the research and studies were interesting, but they would be more tolerated if read in their original outputs.


    What didn’t you like about Laura Vanderkam’s performance?

    Inflection and emphasis would be more appropriate for children as an audience. Incredibly slow in the sentence to sentence transitions. Had to speed up my Audible narrator speed to 2x just to get the content to what I would call normal. There is a reason authors are not narrators by trade, and this just does not work at all. The author sounded sleepy, and there was no passion at all in her tone. The nature of this content should be narrated by someone who is energetic and enthusiastic, not lilting and sing-song.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration, impatience, and much eye-rolling.


    Any additional comments?

    If someone truly has never considered the notion that go-getters and winners get up earlier than others and make choices to accomplish big tasks early, this would be a good introduction to the topic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Henry Bennings Chicago, USA 08-24-12
    Henry Bennings Chicago, USA 08-24-12

    Voracious audio book enthusiast!!

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    "Informative and new ideas!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast to be better than the print version?

    I'm not sure.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Laura Vanderkam? Why or why not?

    I think her narration is good for her own book as she explains what she has learned about early risers and getting her message across, however I wouldn't really listen to the pace of this narration on another book most likely. I am really surprised at some of the *one* stars people give narrators that I think are very good. I can only guess these people are born angry and like sharing their griefs that have nothing to do with the product they just purchased.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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