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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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    Teresa Ipswich, MA, United States 07-22-12
    Teresa Ipswich, MA, United States 07-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    Glad it was short, glad it was inexpensive. Not a lot of information just commonsense ideas. Basically it tells you to get up early and get moving. Your brain works better in the morning. Try not to rush out of the house and start your day in a frenzy. Duh

    47 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    ben Kelowna, BC, Canada 07-28-12
    ben Kelowna, BC, Canada 07-28-12
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    What did you like best about What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast? What did you like least?

    It was a quick listen. But it lacks any substantial new ideas. I didn't learn anything.


    Has What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. I've read quite a few of these books before and I find most of them to be very intriguing. This was not one of them.


    What aspect of Laura Vanderkam’s performance would you have changed?

    There was no entertainment value. Just reiterated facts. Almost all of which are not only covered in other books but by books by this same author.


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

    People who can't seem to find the time to do what's needed to make the changes in their lives they want to.


    Any additional comments?

    Could have been summed up in a 2 page blog. But still a fan of the author.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda UT 09-02-12
    Melinda UT 09-02-12 Member Since 2009

    So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.

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    "Everything Old is New Again?"

    *Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise*...stretch that commonsensical proverb out for an hour and 4 minutes, add a little update regarding exercising and not wasting time on the internet and you've got the whole guide.

    Vanderkam really doesn't have anything to add to what Aristotle was saying way back when, no clever updates, no creative time management secrets, nada. Perhaps for young people just starting a career or family (that have never read any self-improvement books) this could be considered an organized reminder that the early bird catches the worm. But also remember that *a fool and his money are soon parted*...maybe not a complete waste of money at $2.44, but definitely a huge waste of a full credit.

    Suggestion... on a post-it note write: *Get up early, Exercise, Prioritize* and bank the cost of a book credit.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Ontario, Canada 07-23-12
    Roger Ontario, Canada 07-23-12 Member Since 2010

    If you always have a book with you...

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    "Get up ...... and start Living!"
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    Get up and use your unused time! It's been said before, but for under $3 it was well worth hearing again. The narration is a bit slow and lacking enthusiasm, but, the point comes across clear. There is not a whole lot of information, but some nice short stories about some very successful and high profile people. What they do in the mornings, why and how it has helped them become a success.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    R. A. Madison, WI 08-08-12
    R. A. Madison, WI 08-08-12 Member Since 2010

    I heart mysteries, political non-fiction, and memoirs, especially all in one book.

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    The reader speaks slow enough that it is preferable to listen to the book at 2x speed. I bought it on a whim and realize now that I should have listened to the preview. It is nearly impossible to get to the meat of the story as the narration is so slow (and even at 2x speed, the pauses between sentences are excruciating).

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Utah 04-09-13
    Amazon Customer Utah 04-09-13 Member Since 2009

    tired teacher

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    Ok, here's my problem. As soon as my eyes open, I only have one thing on my mind: Where's the food! So my pre-breakfast productivity is at a startling low. I am feeling guilty. I already get up at 5:30, but I don't get the exercise in. I need to start doing it, but then I need to start doing a lot of things. I enjoyed this book, but there wasn't a lot new in it. I love getting up early and getting a lot done, but then, I also love staying up late and sleeping in when I can. Which should I do? I guess I stay up too late too often because I am not that successful, at least not in monetary terms. (more guilt)

    This author reads her own book. I have heard worse, but it would have been much better if she had hired a professional reader.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Austin, TX, United States 08-04-12
    Maria Austin, TX, United States 08-04-12
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    Would you listen to What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast again? Why?

    Although nothing new in time management, I liked Laura's take on it. I liked her delivery and her humor in it. It was well-written, short enough to not get boring but long enough to get in all the information. I took quite a few ideas from it. Definitely recommend it.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ria Toronto, ON, Canada 02-11-13
    Ria Toronto, ON, Canada 02-11-13

    Always strive for an open mind.

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    "Prayer and bible? Really?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Religious people?


    Would you be willing to try another book from Laura Vanderkam? Why or why not?

    Never say never, but probably not.


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

    Dragging and laboured to keep to, what seemed to be, an enforced slow pace, and choppy at times as a result. Was this done to perhaps stretch the material in a certain pre-defined length of time....? Found myself waiting for the next word to come.


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

    Some good pieces of advice that could be used in practice


    Any additional comments?

    Some good points, but way too many references to religion, which can be, as we all know, insulting to many people's open-minded intellect... I remember there were some such references in her book 168 Hours - You Have More Time than You Think and, while these were red flags, there weren't too many of them, and it was not difficult to disregard them and still focus on the many good points the book contained. But in this very short Guide to making over mornings, these references took a lot of the space, and it made it harder to focus on the objectiveness of the advice for the obvious reason that religious thinking is as far you one can possibly get from objectiveness....

    A definite step down from 168 Hours. Please have some respect for the ever growing number of agnostics and atheists in the modern world - the same way respect was given to religious folks.... There is a very easy way to do it - leave religion out. It has no place in a book about time management.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane San Jose, CA, United States 07-27-12
    Diane San Jose, CA, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2011

    Walker

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    "Useful and Entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'm already recommending this audiobook to my friends. This book really added a new option to my life. I've discovered the joy of early morning! Too many times I've ended a day saying "what have I accomplished?" but the suggestions in this very succinct reading really have gotten me into better habits and I'm getting more done in every day. Rather dragging myself ourt of bed - I celebrate the "me" time allowed every day!


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

    I'd compare this book to Stephen Covey's 7 Habits books, but with more emphasis on implementation, rather than the principals behind it.


    Which character – as performed by Laura Vanderkam – was your favorite?

    Doesn't apply as this shares some ways to improve your life.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Go to bed earlier and get up earlier so you have those quiet hours to yourself!


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent buy - reasonable price but something I've already listened to several times - from start to finish..

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bunny D Springfield,, KY, United States 07-27-12
    Bunny D Springfield,, KY, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2010

    Don't think it hasn't been an little slice of heaven, 'cuz it hasn't.- Bugs Bunny

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    What made the experience of listening to What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast the most enjoyable?

    What the author said made sense and a lot of the book was common sense, but she provided practical tips to reach your goals. Examples of how her tips worked in the lives of very successful people were inspiring.


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

    I am hoping her book, 168 Hours, You Have More Time Than You Think, will just as helpful.


    What three words best describe Laura Vanderkam’s voice?

    Soft, tentative, shy. It didn't match the subject. Her approach was almost too laid back.


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

    Yes, and it is only an hour so it is doable.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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