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
Only reviewed audio, but see no clear benefit to a print version.
I have started to listen to her 168 Hours book which I didn't realize was hers, so of course similar.
I honestly don't remember.
Use my time more efficiently and seriously consider if our family could switch from night orientation to morning. Seems like a big switch. Motivating and helps you choose you're life, rather than just let it happen.
Not sure the mornings work for all families. There are time constraints in the morning that are not so present at night. Of course maybe we'd use it more effectively and not 'drag' at night...? Also, maybe we wouldn't be grouchy in the morning if we got to bed earlier. Yes, we 'know' a lot of this, but unless we're doing all of it, we apparently need to be reminded!
I was very dissapointed in this book. Get up early and you will get more done in a day. Nothing new or groundbreaking here
This is a quick book. It’s only about one hour. I was actually looking for someone to convince me to wake up early in the morning and exercise. This book did that well by explaining tons of examples of senior executives and what they do in the early morning. Now I wake up early, write for about an hour and exercise for half an hour. Thank you Laura
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I am glad I listened to this while multi-tasking because there was absolutely nothing new or inspiring about the information or the way it was packaged.
Not necessarily, but I think 30 minutes on Lifehacker would have been time better spent.
The reading was a little stiff and formal.
It was worth half the time I actually spent listening.
You are the sum of what you read!
Save your credit. This is common sense and what most people who are even moderately successful do.
Slow and ponderous
I can't even think straight after listening to 15 minutes of this. The author just continues to repeat the same thing so let me just break it down to you..."get shiz done 1st thing in the morning 'cause the rest of the day you will be busy and distracted." The end.
not good. flat. I was distracted by her lack of enthusiasm.
I thought about it, but I know that when it comes right down to it, reading a book about time management is just counterproductive unless it's just going to be a few inspirational tidbits to get you going.
Probably not. I mean, I liked it, but it wasn't earth-shattering. It didn't offer any new or original ideas. The gist of it is just that many successful CEOs get up early to exercise or do things that are important to them in solitude.
Someone who didn't read as breathy.
Her point that the morning hours are when you get to focus on things without distraction and the afternoon hours should be spent corresponding with people and having meetings (i.e., dealing with other people) was poignant and helpful.
It was short. It was okay. I liked it. But it needs more expansion, otherwise I could have read all of it in a blog post.
Informative, Interesting, Slow
I enjoyed the topic and am inspired to try to revamp my morning routine.
The narration was slow - the rate of speech was unnaturally slowed. This made it difficult to listen to at times.
It seems most of life's problems can be solved or better approached by getting up earlier. Run the morning, family time in the morning, socialize in the morning, work in the morning. With that in mind, there are some useful details that support this lifestyle change. Put it on1.5x, worth the less than 2 hr listen, but not much more.
I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.
The best part was that the author had one point that she stuck to and backed it up with examples and anecdotes. The weakest part might be the delivery, which seemed a little sleepy at times.
I think a little more energy might have helped.
That successful people find time to dedicate to doing the things that are important to them. That the first half hour of work is often wasted by settling in (I am guilty of this and it was good to have it pointed out)
For the price, it's not a bad little audiobook. A quick study with some solid, supportive advice.
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