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Laura Vanderkam is also the author of 168 Hours and All the Money in the World. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, CBS’s MoneyWatch, USA Today, and Fortune, among others. She lives outside Philadelphia.
 
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio; Reprint edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591846692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591846697
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carrie G. Koens on January 3, 2014
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I love to read, but I'm also a "cut to the chase" kind of gal. As others have noted - some kindly, some not-so-kindly - this is a short book, but that also meant that on the first day of the new year, I was able to read it in an afternoon and then spend time thinking about how I could implement the ideas into my routines.

If you're looking for a hand-holding book - this is not it. If you're looking for basic ideas, inspiring stories from real people, and a kick in the pants, then you've come to the right place. Vanderkam shares from her personal experiences, as well as from those that she has interviewed. Whether you need some help getting motivated to make the most of your weekends, get up before 7 am, or get back on the treadmill (that's my personal one), I think you'll find what you need in this paperback.

Although I had read a couple of the e-books included in this paperback, it was a really good reminder to read them again, and perfect for the start of a new year.

** Word of Warning: If you buy the Kindle version of this book, you will ONLY receive the Breakfast book, so to get the full set (breakfast, weekend, and work), you will need to buy the paperback version. However, I believe it is worth the money, and will become one of those books you will want to re-read at the start of each new year.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ARC on August 30, 2013
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This small paperback packs in three of the author's previous ebooks:
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings--and Life (A Penguin Special from Portfolio)
What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend: A Short Guide to Making the Most of Your Days Off (A Penguin Special from Portfolio)
What the Most Successful People Do at Work: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Career (A Penguin Specialfrom Portfolio)

It also includes a generous appendix with interesting and useful new content: 3 "time makeovers", how to do your own time makeover, and 50 great tips on time management.

I read a lot of time management books, articles and blogs, so I see a lot of the same recycled content. Laura Vanderkam's books are delightfully different. She chooses interesting people to interview in a huge range of professions, and has a writing style that's extremely engaging and easy to read. She mixes anecdotes from other successful people in with her own experiences, adding a lot of personality to what would otherwise be a very dry list of tips.

I'm currently taking time off from work and I still find tons of useful information in her books to help me be more effective (and have more fun!) in my personal life.

The "weekends" book was especially eye-opening, as I've never thought about the concept of "scheduling" your leisure time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ron Walvatne on October 29, 2013
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Life changing! Seriously, I love it. I have been getting up early everyday since I read this. Life/today is a lot easier when I have accomplished a big goal before its even light outside
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kwh on September 29, 2013
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to make better use of my time! The descriptions of what successful people do to make the best use of their time was instructive and had ideas ordinary people can use
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I have a whole library of personal productivity books and enjoyed reading this one. It's quite simple and straightforward without being packed with lots of obvious observations. It points out some blind spots we might have when using our time and offers practical ways to reclaim time that would otherwise be squandered. I found that Vanderkam cites only one or two pieces of research (and none that are particularly scientific, mostly anecdotal). Still, it had some good tips and reminders.
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This book is an easy read...but the concepts are hard to practices. Take baby steps and you will see change! I love this book and appreciate all it has to offer!
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By VMG on July 19, 2014
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The book offers stories and insights but it didn't blow me away.
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