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

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings--and Life What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings--and Life by Laura Vanderkam
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The morning time can be a thunderclap of excitement for most. Waking up in a dreary fog, after pleasantly (or angrily) hammering our beloved snooze button. Dragging ourselves out of the warmth of soft blankets, a slurry of activity hits. From getting your kids and loved ones ready to seize the day to offering pep talks, you drudge along to get on the daily treadmill of life. Before you know it, you realize at the end of the day, your inspiration to finish, or start pursing a new goal, is vanquished by the fatigue.

Written by a popular time management guru, this epistolary on time management provides concrete examples, laying out five tips on seizing your morning. Should you and I be astute pupils and apply the lessons learned and maximize our core competencies, we can harness thunderous mornings and lead productive lives.

Drawing on genuine tales and sound research supporting the premise that early hours are vital to success, Vanderkam uncovers how effective individuals leverage the morning time to help them achieve things that are often out of reach and challenging to tackle later in the day. While most of are frolicking thorough dreamland, society’s affluent and shockingly busy people are scoring day by day coups, augmenting their well-being, talents, and familial relationships without yielding to the ever-present temptress of slumber.

Sadly, there are many negative review for this book, centering upon it brevity. Vanderkam clearly states, within the first few pages, this work is a missive. Hence, it was not meant to rival her book, 168 Hours, which is a dissertation on time management and the effective use of time tracking. Rather, this epistle is meant to shed precious light on how to use the morning time effectively.

It is true the concepts held therein are not revolutionary. However, Vanderkam brings to the forefront ideas you have heard, perhaps even preached in the mirror, and places them in the context of her central theme: maximize your 168 hours by planning.

Entertaining, witty, and valuable, this book will motivate you to reexamine your morning schedule and begin living before the sun sets.


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