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
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.
Say something about yourself!
Yet another case where the author should not read their own works. Information was nothing new.
No completely groundbreaking ideas, but should help you think about how you use your time. Worth the listen.
I was a good quick listen.
I always like to hear the writer read their own work.
Do what ever is most important first thing in the morning.
Best audio I've heard yet.
This audio really reaches out to all people whether they are already used to waking up early or have a lot of excusses as to why they "can't" get up early.
I imagine the book is equaly as good.
My favorite part is when she talks about will power energy and how waking up early as part of a routine can really change your life.
This is good for someone who wants to develop a self-improvement habit and is a morning person!
It was disappointing for me because of the oversimplified message that if you get up early you'll be more successful. While I agree that making time for self improvement and nourishing your psyche is important I think it can be scheduled anytime.
Her tone and pacing is like she is reading to a child.
The only takeaway for me was that her suggestion that once an activity is a habit it becomes routine and when it is a part of a routine you don't get caught up scheduling it or dropping it from your day - you just do it. I'm glad I didn't pay more for this book.
I wish the book didn't keep repeating the same ideas.
I wouldn't change anything to make it more enjoyable
I liked that she included real life people as her examples of what was possible to do in the morning. Not just high-flyers, but the average person in the trenches.
I don't know how it could be a movie.
I wish it would have helped me figure out how to motivate myself better in the morning. I know I CAN do more, but I have a hard time getting the motivation to do it.
I would have been able to finish this short book if someone else read it. The sound of pride and self satisfaction on ceritian sentences was slimey and gross.
All it basically says is, get up earlier and do imprtant things first. However, the interviews and the statistics were intersting. The homework was done but Laura's smug voice is creepy.
Not unless she hires an unbiast reader, I wont suffer though one more word.
I wonder if this one review will intriuge readers to hear her voice.
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