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
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.
A quick and concise piece of motivation. Listen to it just before bed to help you jump up excited to start early the next day.
As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!
I have been trying to capture control of my out of control life, so this book had some interesting points. The idea that we should get up and use our time in the morning isn't a new one. At first I was disappointed that this might be the premise, however, the author gave good examples of other advantages of using your mornings wisely. Since listening, I have put into use some of the suggestions and find things going much smoother.
Wish there were more to the book, though.
No, but there are actually studies that show you should get REM sleep rather than get up to exercise if you are trying to learn anything new, be creative or loose weight.
I wish a professional had read the book
This is an unnecessary book. It says virtually nothing. The whole book could have been written in five words. "Get up earlier and exercise." That is the whole message of the book.
This book shouldn't have been written in the first place. The title promises much more than it delivers.
Her voice and style of speaking are so low and soothing that you are at risk of falling asleep and running off the road if you listen in the car, as I do.
If you are a veteran couch potato and really don't have a clue what to do after you wake up in the morning, I guess this book might help you, but if you are that kind of person, you aren't listening to books in the car or as you run anyway. I'm sure the author is a very nice and very competent person. I have not read any of her other works. Presumably this is not the best of her portfolio.
I thik that about covers it. The only good thing about this book is that it is so short. I tend to listen to things all the way through hoping something at the end will rescue a bad effort. Nothing rescued this book, but at least I didn't have to wait long to find that out.
It is full of very useful Information that you can grow from.
Rev. Al Sharpton
family tree buff
There just wasn't any new or insightful information in this book.
The book just ends.
Pleasant, nice inflection
Nothing - I already do all of the things she recommended.
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