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What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings--and Life (A Penguin Special from Portfolio)

This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.


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.

Customer Reviews

43 pages

$2.99 in 43 pages to tell you to wake up an hour early and spend time with your kids, do yoga, focus on a work goal, or start running. I just saved you $2.99.

A life saver

This is the answer I needed. My life has been a mess the last two years because I can't accomplish my personal goals, and I've been depressed because of that. I had not thought about using my mornings at all. The ideas in this book are just what I needed to start a revolution in my life. In addition, it is so well written and very inspiring, easy to read, understand and put into action.

Pretty basic...

Not be to mean, but it's kind of like a middle schooler got access to some high ranking people and asked them what they did in the morning. There is nothing earth-shattering here by any means and could probably be easily refuted with some science (e.g. some people just work better at different times of the day, regardless of when we might actually have more uninhibited, unadulterated free time, which is the author's main argument). I mean, with the premise of, 1. get up earlier and, 2. don't squander your time, how would you not become more productive?

That being said, it has potential to inspire and, based on the reviews, it appears to have done so with some people, so give it a read.

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast
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  • $10.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Management & Leadership
  • Published: Jun 12, 2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 40 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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