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.