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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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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.
If you read something about this book from an online article, changes are you already have read most of it. So, erm. don't buy the book. Unless you consider 2.99 worthwhile for an effective 10 minutes of reading.
I got the Kindle version and used the highlight feature to mark up sections that I found useful. I plan to go back, over there time, and review the highlights to help me going forward.
So..., time to try some of this stuff out. Wish me luck.
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.