What Successful People Do Before Breakfast

I recently mentioned Laura Vanderkam’s tremendously helpful time management book 168 Hours to a friend, and my friend sheepishly admitted that she hadn’t read the book because she was afraid of what she’d find out.

That’s fair, because she’d probably find out she needed a time makeover (I know I did) and that can be daunting.

If you feel the same way, like you don’t have time or mental space to read a long book or overhaul your entire life, I highly recommend Vanderkam’s new e-book What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings–and Life.  The book is shorter than 168 Hours (although much more informative and full of material than most e-books) and focuses primarily are morning routines.

Vanderkam points out that “learning to use mornings well is, in our distracted world, what separates achievement from madness.”  Mornings are the time of day that most people can most easily control, and yet they are the time of day that can most easily get away from us.  What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast explores how different people approach mornings, surveys research related to time management, and suggests ways to think through setting up your own ideal morning routine and build good time use habits.

If you’ve read 168 Hours, you’ll still get a lot out of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast – at least I did!  I have had good morning routines in the past but recently fell into some bad habits and hadn’t been maximizing that time.  After reading this book, I was inspired to start keeping my time logs again, and I find that just writing down what I do at different times is often enough to remind me not to waste time.

If you’re interested in time management, or know you need more discipline in that area, and whether or not you have time to read 168 Hours, I highly recommend What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.  It’s a shorter book, but it’s inexpensive and it’s packed with helpful information.

What does your morning routine look like?


Disclosure: The author sent me a complimentary review copy of this book, but the opinions expressed in the review are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

7 thoughts on “What Successful People Do Before Breakfast

  1. Funny that this topic came up today! For the record, this is my last Monday with students and we just had our last fire drill of the year, right before the first exam period. When Dad woke me up this morning, I remarked that today was my last Monday of teaching and he replied that he had another whole year of Monday workdays. I asked him what I could do this next year to make his mornings better. He admitted that he could save 10 minutes not making my morning coffee (we grind those beans and filter the water) and I agreed I could do that for myself since I won’t be getting up at 5 am anymore. I also offered to empty the dishwasher, a job he usually does in the morning. So my mornings are defintely going to change and he will get to sleep in for 10 more minutes!! I have also promised myslef to get back into the habit of making our bed EVERY morning, not just when company is expected, and I started that habit this morning. I also went to Starbucks for breakfast as a “last Monday” treat and not as part of a new habit! Thanks for the suggestion of the book. I should defintely read it before I get into bad habits with all my “free” time!

  2. Definitely intrigued by the book–and the fact that MSM has a guest post from Vanderkam on the topic!! Guess I really need to pay attention–we’ve already been reforming our morning ways since early spring, but the extra suggestions and motivation are always welcomed!!

  3. Hi Laura,

    I just watched the video that led me to your new eBook. Is it possible to get the eBook outside of Kindel. When I clicked on link that took me to Amazon it looks like I can only buy Kindle version.

    Can’t wait to read it your book. Many times I have found that I wake up ready to work at 4:00 in the morning. I have to say that those are my most productive days and days that I feel the most control in my business. I was just commenting to my husband that maybe it’s time for me to start making this a routine and then Angela Kim showed up in my inbox with video and link to your book.

    Wishing you much success. Thanks for sharing.

    Brenda Violette
    Online Business Manager
    Violette Business Services

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