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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Trade; Reprint edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591846692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591846697
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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More About the Author

Laura Vanderkam is the author of All The Money In The World: What The Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending (Portfolio, March 1, 2012), 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think (Portfolio, 2010), and Grindhopping: Build a Rewarding Career Without Paying Your Dues (McGraw-Hill, 2007).

She is a member of USA Today's Board of Contributors, writes the "168 Hours" blog for CBS MoneyWatch, and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, City Journal, Scientific American, Reader's Digest, Prevention, Fortune.com, and other publications. She has appeared on numerous television programs, including The Today Show and Fox & Friends, hundreds of radio segments, and has spoken about time, money and productivity to audiences ranging from the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association to MTV's employees to graduating seniors at her high school, the Indiana Academy, who brought her back as their commencement speaker in 2006.

A 2001 graduate of Princeton, she enjoys running, writing fiction, and serving as president of the Board of Trustees for The Young New Yorkers' Chorus, an organization which specializes in commissioning new music from composers under age 35. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband, two young sons and baby daughter.

Customer Reviews

Very good; easy read.
John Martin
Maybe I'm just not a self help reader but I think that this could have been a one page article rather than even this short Kindle book.
Jack Sallay
After reading this delightful book I wanted to go straight to bed - so I could get up early and make the most of my next morning.
Manisha Thakor

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328 of 344 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Reece on June 20, 2012
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I think I misunderstood what this book was going to do for me. I was expecting ideas and tips and what I got was almost an autobiography. I learned more about the author and her family than I did about reversing my late night/late morning habits.

It was well written and I have no real complaints other than the title being misleading. It wasn't a guide at all. It was humorous but not very instructive.

Also it led me to inadvertent irony in action - I stayed up late reading this book and ended up oversleeping the next day.
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102 of 108 people found the following review helpful By frequent online shopper on June 17, 2012
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The book was an easy read, which I finished in a couple days. The information was average there were not any real new concepts in the book. Mostly information you probably already know. That being said I will try to be more productive in the mornings and implement some of the tips from the book. To be honest there were some things that were a bit redundant you get the point early on. I would say go ahead and buy the book. However, the current price as of this post is 2.99 its more of 99 cent kindle read. If the price goes higher than a few bucks, you might feel disappointed.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Richard Seglenieks on December 10, 2012
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I enjoyed reading this book but be aware of what you're buying. It's very short and probably a bit overpriced for the length. It doesn't provide any real insights either - the entire book can really be reduced to: get up early and use that time to work on things that you consider meaningful ('important but not urgent' tasks).
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Eric on December 20, 2012
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If you sat down and started writing about success one weekend, just based on whatever came to mind, you would be able to compete with this book.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Marta M. on November 11, 2012
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I feel shortchanged. This "book" is not as advertized, so check the subtitle before you buy it. It is a short, with the emphasis on short, guide to making over your mornings. It is a quick read with a few good ideas, but there is not enough there for it to make the leap from pamphlet or extended magazine article, to book.

There isn't enough new - I'm familiar with the time management strategy of "do the important things first, to make sure they get done."
There isn't enough substance - I had burned through 60 percent of this "book" in about an hour.
There isn't enough background - how and why did the successful people referenced in the book develop their morning routines? Tell me more about who they are?

The good thing is I got this review done before breakfast. Maybe I'll write a pamphlet next, and call it a book.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By T. Sutter on June 15, 2012
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So many books today outline great ideas about how to make our lives better. And so few of them offer real, concrete, actionable behaviors that help you get you there. Not so here. In this accessible, intelligent and readable book, Laura Vanderkam puts forth an old idea in a very modern light. Basically, that getting up early--and putting those hours to good, productive, enriching use--is a key driver of success for many people. Moreover, she provides compelling evidence for why this is and outlines doable things we all can apply if we want to experience this in the real world.
Now, let me share my own proclivities: I am not and never have been a "morning person." I tend to be more of a night owl and do some of my best work in the evening hours. Vanderkam references the differences inherent in what she calls night owls (a camp she identifies with) and larks (those who more naturally rise before dawn). But she also points out that most of fall in between these two dichotomies. My own morning routines tend to revolve around rising so that I have just enough time to do what I HAVE to do: coffee, hygiene, coffee, kids, transportation, coffee, get to meetings/work. Reading this book revealed thoughts about not only how others have found success through rising earlier (not news) but why this is so and specifically how we might apply some of these disciplines to our own lives. I found this level of detail refreshing, and liked her honest approach to habit formation (clue: it is NOT just a matter of willpower).
In all, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and, more importantly, have started to actively apply many of its recommendations and precepts into my daily life. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to make time for the important, not just urgent, things in their lives.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MDL on July 5, 2012
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I read the "sample" of this book on my Kindle and thought the rest of the book would have more insights on the morning habits of well-known professionals in business, government, education, science, etc. I purchased & read the full version and found it had fewer specifics on people than I was anticipating and describes more broadly the habits some people follow to improve the effectiveness of their days. That being said, it was worth the quick read (it is a long essay), and I'll consider how to integrate some of its principles into my life.
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11 of 12 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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