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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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    Flor Denver, Colorado, United States 09-17-12
    Flor Denver, Colorado, United States 09-17-12
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    "This audio got me out of bed early"
    Where does What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best audio I've heard yet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Laura Vanderkam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I imagine the book is equaly as good.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sabine LEXINGTON, MA, United States 09-17-12
    Sabine LEXINGTON, MA, United States 09-17-12
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    "Point of the book: get up 5:30!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is good for someone who wants to develop a self-improvement habit and is a morning person!


    What was most disappointing about Laura Vanderkam’s story?

    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.


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

    Her tone and pacing is like she is reading to a child.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward OMAHA, NE, United States 09-17-12
    Edward OMAHA, NE, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish the book didn't keep repeating the same ideas.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't change anything to make it more enjoyable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I don't know how it could be a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi United States 09-13-12
    Jodi United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "When Smug Writers narrate their own Books"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Would you recommend What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Laura Vanderkam’s performances?

    Not unless she hires an unbiast reader, I wont suffer though one more word.


    What character would you cut from What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast?

    The narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder if this one review will intriuge readers to hear her voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Townsend eastern NC 09-11-12
    R. Townsend eastern NC 09-11-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Good Info, Needs a Different Narrator"

    I love short books like this and Vanderkam's book was no exception. Great refresher on why to be productive early in the morning and how to do it.

    I would have liked the book better with a different narrator for two reasons. First, her reading pace was a little too slow for my tastes. Second (and maybe I'm crazy), but I found her voice to be very sexy and it ended up being a bit of a distraction. But maybe that's just me...

    Anyway, still a great Audible book and worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hola5016 MERIDIAN, ID, United States 09-06-12
    Hola5016 MERIDIAN, ID, United States 09-06-12
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    "I'm now working on becoming a morning person!"
    If you could sum up What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast in three words, what would they be?

    Get up early!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Facts supporting evidence, and ways to help change your life for the better.


    What does Laura Vanderkam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her experience of having lived this mantra.


    What did you learn from What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast that you would use in your daily life?

    Go to bed early and get up early, eat less calories and get more done. I'm not a success story yet but I'm already getting eons of work done.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I'll listen to this book over and over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beat Salt lake city, UT, United States 09-04-12
    Beat Salt lake city, UT, United States 09-04-12
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    "Short and sweet reminders of elements of success"
    What did you love best about What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast?

    This is a short and sweet narrative of key elements of what successful people do on a daily basis? It is a good reminder of what I should be doing every day. Inspiring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tennantgirl Montclair, New Jersey USA 09-03-12
    tennantgirl Montclair, New Jersey USA 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Short and sweet."
    If you could sum up What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast in three words, what would they be?

    Reflection, Movement, Meditation


    What other book might you compare What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast to and why?

    Walking Meditation. This book also contains reflection, movement, and meditation.


    What about Laura Vanderkam’s performance did you like?

    Great performance. Her voice kept my attention.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction, but certainly confirmed my thoughts about starting the day from a source of power.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer UPPER MARLBORO, MD, United States 09-03-12
    Amazon Customer UPPER MARLBORO, MD, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Eh, Nothing New Here"
    Would you try another book from Laura Vanderkam and/or Laura Vanderkam?

    yes


    Would you recommend What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would, but the book should be called "Successful People Workout in The Mornings", Its all she talks about.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Its a short read, good little pick me-up, with some good reminders.


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast?

    I know some people that really really need this book, I will be reccomendiig it.


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    Christa Houston, TX, United States 08-28-12
    Christa Houston, TX, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Short, Sweet, & Impactful"
    What did you love best about What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast?

    It's a quick listen and gets right to the point. Not a lot of fluff, and uses great case studies as examples.


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

    Although I didn't end up listening to it all in one sitting, I definitely could have.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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