Whenever you read about powerhouse people, they always seem to have some kind of annoying pre-dawn routine.
Turns out those early birds are onto something, according to Laura Vanderkam’s snappy new e-book, “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.”
- Morning energy is better energy. In the A.M., you have a greater store of willpower to get things done, studies show. As the day wears on, juggling life’s distractions literally diminishes your capacity to be productive, Vanderkam writes.
- Morning is good for heavy lifting. Successful folks don’t greet the dawn so they can putter around, Vanderkam found. They use the A.M. to nurture their careers, their relationships, themselves.
You can convert. Set the bar low, at first, Vanderkam says. Get up 15 minutes earlier (not at dawn). Aim for a leisurely stretch or plan some fun with the kids (or alone time). Set up a pre-commitment, like meeting a friend or a trainer.
According to one exec, who trained herself to skip the A.M. email blitz and focus on bigger goals, “I can accomplish more before breakfast than I used to do in a day. Maybe not quite, but I am checking long-standing things off my to-do list.”
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