Book Review: What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast; By: Laura Vanderkam
It’s no secret, mornings are tough. We see those who are “morning people”, bright, cheery, productive, everything you wish you could be at 7:45 a.m. on a work day. These people are few and far between, but chances are at least one person you know popped into your mind just now. What is their secret?
We often wonder “How in the world do they do it?” Well, it’s actually not as hard as you think. It’s a little trick called….. waking up and doing something productive.
Did you know, the average 30-45 year-old gets out of bed at 5:59 a.m. and the average 46-64 year-old get out of bed at 5:57 a.m.? Yet, most of those individuals do not begin work until 8:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m.* What is going on in those two to three hours? Does wrangling children around, fixing breakfast and lunch, fighting traffic or standing in line for over-priced coffee ring any bells? How about when you get to the workplace; is there a lot of email shuffling, social media or news surfing and coffee drinking going on? Does time pass way too fast and the next thing you know it’s lunch and you haven’t accomplished a thing? Yeah. I thought so. It happens to a few too many of us.
You see, that little trick that those “morning people” have mastered makes unproductive mornings nearly obsolete. Laura Vanderkam, author of “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast” offers quite a few tips to master the trick of the morning.
“Before the rest of the world is eating breakfast, the most successful people have already scored daily victories that are advancing them toward the lives they want”
Did you know there are 168 hours in a week?
“Successful people have priorities they want to tackle, or things they like to do with their lives, and early mornings are the time when they have the most control of their schedules”
So, what is it you want to do? I asked around to some of the employees here in the Jonesboro office and compiled a list of what they wish they could accomplish each day:
-more time with children
-reading for leisure
-reflection or meditation
To put it into perspective, “People who were serious about exercise did it in the mornings. At that point, emergencies had yet to form, and they would only have to shower once. As Godro Bryn, a triathlon coach, once told me, “There’s always a reason to skip a four o’clock workout, and it’s going to be a good reason, too.”*
That extra two or three hours each morning is looking a little better, right? What if you turned that into an extra four or five hours each day?
Vanderkam hits the nail on the head more than once in this quick and easy read. I encourage you to give it a try and become a master of the mornings with me!
*Vanderkam, Laura. What the Most Successful People Do before Breakfast: And Two Other Short Guides to Achieving More at Work and at Home. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Web.