The morning routines of high achievers

Paul Shread, Time Business: What do high achievers do before breakfast? Perhaps surprisingly, the focus doesn’t seem to be on work.

In her new book, “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast,” author Laura Vanderkam found that many high achievers begin the day with physical, intellectual and spiritual pursuits. Starting the day with a productive or fulfilling activity can increase your energy level and alertness for the rest of the day, she notes.

Early mornings of the people Vanderkam profiles seem to be filled with activities like rising early, running, prayer, meditation, yoga, walking the dog and spending time with family, not …

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Sounds good. The sketch on the home page reminds me of how I used to organize my time when I used the 7 Habits — something I’ve let lapse. I used to do it all on paper, with a self-devised weekly planning sheet. But once I started using digital devices (a Palm Pilot, at first!) the electronic format made it hard to keep that system going and it started to fall by the wayside.

If I make a suggestion, the graphics on need to be larger. There’s not much point having screenshots if they’re so small we can’t read the text.


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