What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

  • by Laura Vanderkam
  • Narrated by Laura Vanderkam
  • 1 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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

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- Teresa

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*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.

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- Mel "Say something about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-09-2012
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC