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In What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast Vanderkam suggests making over your mornings by tracking your time, picturing the perfect morning, thinking through the logistics, building a habit, developing a feedback loop, and tuning up as necessary... Have a read

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

by Laura Vanderkam


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What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

How do you spend your morning?

Did you know your morning routine can improve your productivity throughout the day?

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast looks at how you can follow in the footsteps of successful people to maximize your day.

“You don’t build the life you want by saving time. You build the life you want, and then time saves itself. Recognizing that is what makes success possible.”

1. Start Your Day With the
Things That Matter Most to You

Mornings can be one of the most hectic times of the day. But, if you plan your mornings effectively, you can make sure you are using this time to focus on the things that matter most to you.

Instead of postponing essential tasks, schedule them for the start of your day.

You might feel...

Nurturing your work life is not about responding to emails as they land in your inbox. Instead, it is about attending activities that you rarely have enough time to do on your average day.

Relationships with Others

Careers are undoubtedly important. Yet, your relationships with others and yourself are more significant. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by your daily work. You might arrive home feeling too tired to spend quality time with your friends and family. The mor...

“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.”

Relationship with Yourself

Self-care is the third pillar for a more balanced life. It is arguably the first thing we sacrifice when life gets too busy. Again, the morning offers a fantastic opportunity to free up time for self-nurture.

4. Track Your Time and Imagine Your Ideal Morning

It is also essential to ask yourself how you can start implementing a morning routine. There are two steps to follow to make this easier.

You can start making your morning more productive by tracking the time you spend on specific tasks over the week. A week consists of 168 hours. Although...

5. Take Your Time Adopting New Habits


Logistics is the third step in integrating an effective morning routine. You need to calculate whether your ideal morning routine is viable. Identify how much time you need to incorporate all your ideal morning activities. Include potential areas where you can accommodate...

Creating Your New Habits

Creating new habits is not a quick process. It will take time to cement your new habits and integrate them into your daily routine. You should start slowly and be patient with yourself and your new habits. Some habits will be easier to integrate, while others might take you weeks or even months. ...

6. Pre-Plan weekend activities

“You need to hit Monday ready to go... To do that, you need weekends that rejuvenate you, rather than exhaust or disappoint you.” — Laura Vanderkam.

7. Keep Track of How You Spend Your Time at Work

People tend to overestimate the time they spend doing things they don’t like. In comparison, they underestimate the time they spend doing things they do like. Hence, people often claim they have worked a 60-hour week when they have only worked 40 hours. You should keep a log of all the time you h...

8. Plan for Success

Laying the groundwork for success relies on carefully choosing your priorities for the day ahead. You should aim to do this every day. You should set up an accountability system that won’t let you down.

Setting yourself challenging goals can be useful, but setting the bar too high will gene...

“Successful people know that small things done repeatedly have great power.”

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