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 listened to this in the car and found it very interesting. I listened to it twice and found it interesting and refreshing both times.
this book was fantastic for practical tips for a crazy morning household. How to tame the day with easy changes to control your mornings and be successful by the time you hit your desk.
no i have not
she gives practical tips to apply to a realy life.
What I enjoyed most about this book was it was short and direct. There were moments when the book repeated itself but it's alright. Incorporating what Vanderkam discusses will be challenging for me as sometimes I have to be at work at 5:15am; I think she would agree that waking at 3:00am is a little much. My schedule varies from week to week so I will have to do what I can to make this happen.
She offered up many lists with tons of examples so I think I will have to go back with a pen and paper to get down some of the points that stuck out the most.
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Highly recommended - helpful tips on making the most of your time and prioritizing your schedule to get the most out of each day. Some of the tips seem obvious, but hearing them explained through various examples makes it easier to apply them to your own life.
I enjoyed her reading style. I could tell she was passionate about the subject and that made it all the more inspiring and motivating. She makes you believe that you can improve your life through some fundamental changes to how we manage our day.
Yes, we stayed in the car to finish it even though we had reached our destination!
Great author, lovely voice, and sense of humor. Would highly recommend!
Her breathy, slow, meandering voice was only slightly better than her self-important and condescending tone.
Yes, the most important things need to be done first, its good to be reminded of all the time we do have in the mornings when no one is around to ask for it. Nice and short, easy listening on a run/jog.
This book really needs to go deeper, follow through some of the studies. Follow through on trends of great people. Follow through something
Put together something of more depth and worthy of a credit.
First Laura should have used a voice actor of some kind, the words were constipated at times.
It's self fulfilling, people who will read the book are looking for inspiration in that area, so in that regard, it will probably spark change for me.
I love reading and find audiobooks help me get more reading in each week than I ever would if I didn't use them. I also enjoy the dramatizations and voices some narrators use.
Encouraging, reminder, spot on
Defenitly, I even checked out her website.
It made me want to read more by her.
I am getting up early tomorrow because of this book!
At only one hour in length, I'd hoped for a book that really perked me up, motivated me for mornings. But the dry performance left me wanting. And that dry tone is all the more salient when the book is meant to motivate its listener,
The lesson in the book is a good one, and perhaps if you are interested, you should consider the book before the audiobook. Though. it isn't as 'tip' heavy as you might want.
Overall, a mediocre listen with a good message.
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