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
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.
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.
Get up early!
Facts supporting evidence, and ways to help change your life for the better.
Her experience of having lived this mantra.
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.
I think I'll listen to this book over and over.
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.
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