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What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings--and Life (A Penguin Special from Por tfolio) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- File size : 548 KB
- Print length : 32 pages
- ASIN : B007K3E2YK
- Publication date : June 12, 2012
- Publisher : Portfolio (June 12, 2012)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #370,048 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Basically, the entire point of the book, summed up in one sentence, is that we all have mornings: it's just whether or not we choose to use them.
Mornings are important, because we can get a lot stuff done that we couldn't at other times of day. Since reading this book, I am actually trying to make a lifestyle change of waking at 5:30 a.m. to concentrate on my writing. I haven't been completely successful at it yet, but I am now writing in the mornings first thing after coffee and breakfast. This really works for me, and this is not something I'd be doing if I hadn't read this book.
This can also be applied to working out or some other form of personal improvement. As aforementioned, it's a great way for me to work on my books without being distracted. Besides, it's kind of a cool feeling to be awake and getting stuff done while the rest of the world sleeps.
The main message seems obvious, but I will say this book is worth the read. There are inspirational quotes and real life examples of successful people using their mornings to greatest effect. This is a great self-improvement book, and the only change you'll have to make is perhaps going to bed and waking up earlier. You can read the entire thing in about thirty minutes.
Also: I found Vanderkam's argument that our willpower drains throughout the day to be very true. All the more reason to get those hard to do things done early before you are drained at the end of the day.
Critics who complain about it just being a "story about her family and life as a working mom" or who have no desire to do what she does with her day are really being overly harsh and short sited. They are missing the premise of her using her daily activities to highlight how it works when you reprioritize and reorganize your day to accomplish more things that matter more to YOU. I don't have kids, but I have dogs, a roommate, and a significant other in my house, so I can appreciate the application of using the hours before the rest of them are up for focusing on tasks that would otherwise be interrupted at any other point in my day. Hopefully others will get the same from this.