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
"Comforting and pleasing listen"
I loved this short book. Also perfect for Single Mothers and Couples with kids. Rather than making mornings a torturous time of grabbing life by the scruff of the neck, she encourages and permits you to do the things you love most, but consider low priorty (so therefore tend to get squeezed to the end of the day and not done at all). I love it... I have been saying for a long time I wish I had time to read as much as I used to... I used to read every night but now as an exhausted, working single mother, I tend to read the first page and fall fast asleep! I will awaken earlier now and dedicate an hour a morning to either multitasking with an audio book, or chilling out with a morning coffee and a real book! I can't wait!
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