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What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings-and Life

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Laura Vanderkam

1 Hours 5 Minutes

Gildan Media

July 2012

Audio Book 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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  • Carolyn Miller

    A nice reminder of why I want to try to become a morning person. Wouldn't mind it if the examples weren't so geared towards the "modern lifestyle". Not everyone sticks their kids with hired help (nannies) during the day. And of all examples of people to admire, I can't believe Al Sharpton makes the list. Sorry.

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  • Casey G.

    Loved this short little listen! It is very helpful for anyone looking to start or maintain a productive morning routine. The author/narrator was easy to follow and a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Cece0507

    Great information and inspirational!

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  • Devin L.

    While I did like the book, I feel that it could have been broken down into a 20 minute youtube video. The fact that it was such a short listen and explained a basic concept, made me feel that an hour and five minutes was too long. I spent a credit on it, so I won't say it's a waste of money. But I won't be listening to the other books that she has on this platform that relate to this book. I'm going to find a youtube video instead.

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