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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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Informative and new ideas!

Would you consider the audio edition of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast to be better than the print version?

I'm not sure.

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

I think her narration is good for her own book as she explains what she has learned about early risers and getting her message across, however I wouldn't really listen to the pace of this narration on another book most likely. I am really surprised at some of the *one* stars people give narrators that I think are very good. I can only guess these people are born angry and like sharing their griefs that have nothing to do with the product they just purchased.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Gennie
  • Indianapolis, India
  • 08-20-12

It Just Makes Sense!

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

This book was written with a great deal of thought and a touch of humor.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything the author said made sense and was totallly "do-able".

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

I would have liked to listen to every last word of this book before removing my headphones.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Makeover your Morning, Makeover your Life

"Early to bed, early to rise, makes a person healthy, wealthy, and wise." This old proverbs continues to ring true with Laura Vanderkam's audiobook "What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings—and Life".

We may all know that we need our "quiet/me" time in the morning, but do we really make the effort to do so? Maybe you need a bit of guidance to get started without being overwhelmed. The information Ms. Vanderkam offers is good stuff. Nothing heady or overwhelming. Just enough to encourage you to examine how you spend your mornings and be more accountable for it - because this YOUR time for YOU. The advice is practical whether you apply it to physical or spiritual practices.

The audiobook is inexpensive and it's only a little over an hour long. A small investment that can reap benefits if you're looking for ways to improve your life for the better. Ms. Vanderkam's performance is a bit on the boring side; aside from that it's good stuff. I'd gladly recommend it to anyone looking for ways to change their habits that can change their life for the better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ria
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 02-11-13

Prayer and bible? Really?

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Religious people?<br/><br/>

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....<br/><br/>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.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Good book but narration is a bit flat

I found the book to be interesting and helpful for time management and habit making. I also felt that the narrator could have been more enthusiastic. Since it’s the author of the book, I had hoped she would sound more natural instead of sounding like she was literally reading a book.

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Spit it out already!

Slightly helpful, very repetitive. And why... pause... so many times... in one sentence? Narration was awkwardly robotic.

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Nice (breakfast) bite-sized advice

I liked the examples of exactly how a few well known people spend their mornings. While I don't have children, like the author, I still enjoyed how she shared her start-of-day discoveries, and how these ebbed and flowed as one's life changes. Good variety of possibilities and ideas. Just enough motivation to entice me to seize my mornings more, without being preachy.

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Fun & Helpful

The book was a great listen. The author presented the material in a fun and easy way to follow. I was expecting a book of lists and tasks, but got much more. Her approach to finding meaning and the three things to focus on, above specific tasks was refreshing. And I don't have to feel like I'm being unproductive not waking up at 5am!

I highly recommend to anyone looking to add meaning and value to their morning routines.

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  • Jerri
  • Alabama, USA
  • 03-15-17

Enjoyed it!

helped me know what I was doing right and gave me a few things I could do to do better.

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Quick and Perfect

Not very long, but packed with great ways to transform the morning and make it great!