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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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    J. C. Labozzetta New Haven, CT 08-13-12
    J. C. Labozzetta New Haven, CT 08-13-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Inspiring read/listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What about Laura Vanderkam’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    Yes, we stayed in the car to finish it even though we had reached our destination!


    Any additional comments?

    Great author, lovely voice, and sense of humor. Would highly recommend!

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    Abdulla Springfield Gardens, New York, United States 08-13-12
    Abdulla Springfield Gardens, New York, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    May be


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Stories


    What three words best describe Laura Vanderkam’s performance?

    Average


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

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    NO

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    mike Bothell, wa, United States 08-09-12
    mike Bothell, wa, United States 08-09-12
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    What disappointed you about What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast?

    Her breathy, slow, meandering voice was only slightly better than her self-important and condescending tone.


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    Gabe west jordan, UT, United States 08-09-12
    Gabe west jordan, UT, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Obvious but still good"

    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.

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    Michael San Jose, CA, United States 08-06-12
    Michael San Jose, CA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Inspiring but Lacks Depth"
    Would you try another book from Laura Vanderkam and/or Laura Vanderkam?

    This book really needs to go deeper, follow through some of the studies. Follow through on trends of great people. Follow through something


    What could Laura Vanderkam have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Put together something of more depth and worthy of a credit.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    First Laura should have used a voice actor of some kind, the words were constipated at times.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


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    thomas 08-05-12
    thomas 08-05-12 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "Just the encouragement that I needed!"
    If you could sum up What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast in three words, what would they be?

    Encouraging, reminder, spot on


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Laura Vanderkam?

    Defenitly, I even checked out her website.


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

    It made me want to read more by her.


    Any additional comments?

    I am getting up early tomorrow because of this book!

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    Kyre 08-05-12
    Kyre 08-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not All I'd Hoped For..."

    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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