Friday, July 20, 2018


Rating: 3.5/5 stars

I stumbled across this book when I was looking for a super short audiobook I could listen to this morning. Even though this book is mostly geared toward working moms, I think anyone looking to have a more productive morning will be able to gain insights from reading it.

Almost the entirety of what Vanderkam talks about regarding what successful people do before breakfast is to wake up early, such as at 5 a.m. or 6 a.m., and then work out. Our bodies produce stress hormones in the morning and working out in the morning counteracts those hormones. Also, if you work out in the afternoon or evening, then you spend all day dreading it; however, if you work out in the morning, then you can get it out of the way and can enjoy your day.

Mornings are also great for quality time with your family before you become distracted by the work-day tasks and the post-work exhaustion. I want to implement early morning family time into my days in the future when I have kids.

Every day is full of possibilities, and "these hours are available to all of us if we choose to use them," Vanderkam says. Waking up early is so important because, as she mentions, sleep restores willpower and allows our minds to be invigorated when we first wake up. It allows us to be more productive during the day.

This quick audiobook reads like a podcast, which I really enjoyed. Listening to something like this was a great, motivating way to start my morning. "When you make over your mornings, you can make over your life. That is what the most successful people know."

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