Nationally recognized author, Laura Vanderkam, talks about her groundbreaking book, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, which is part of her popular mini e-book series, including two other short guides to achieving more at work and at home.

These books are quick and easy reads, and I’ve personally read and re-read What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast may times. Laura’s approach to writing this book was to gather stories from some of the most successful people so we could all learn from their wisdom.

We also talk about the “magic of the morning” and how this is the special time to “pay yourself first.” During these early hours of the day, you’re able to nurture yourself in areas such as: exercise, business and spiritual pursuits.

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

–Laura Vanderkam, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Episode highlights:

  • Why Laura likes to plan the week ahead on Friday afternoon, and takes into account all the different spheres– family, self, business. She feels Friday afternoon is ideal because you’re usually not planning something really big at the end of the work week.
  • Laura believes time is a choice. We all have the power to fill our lives with the things we want to be there. We are not passive victims of busyness. If we’re choosing not to do something, chances are, it’s because we really don’t want to.

How to find Laura:

Laura Vanderkam is a journalist, speaker, and author who focuses on productivity. She is also the author of Their Own Sweet Time: How Successful Women Build Lives That Work, based on a time diary study of 1001 days in the lives of professional women and their families (Portfolio, 2015). She is also the author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (Portfolio, 2013), and 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think (Portfolio, 2010). She is a frequent contributor to Fast Company’s website, and is a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and three children.

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Episode music credit: 600 Light Years and I’m Still Here by Macroform