For years, my wife has gotten up around 5 or 5:30 AM even though she doesn’t leave for work until 7:30 each day. I’ve always wondered why she was getting up so early every day until Laura Vanderkam cleared it up in the recent release, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.
This work, by the author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, will inspire those of you who are self-avowed night owls to change your ways, while validating the habits of all of the early birds. What is her compelling evidence? She cites, as the title describes, the dedication that very successful people have to their morning habits. Vanderkam suggests that the time in the early morning hours is more valuable than other times of the day (and night).
If you are getting up early just to check your email, get ready for Vanderkam to give you pause to reflect on that practice, as she not only suggests being up early, but in engaging in the right sorts of activities in the morning. The book is available on Kindle as an audio book (everyone who has a phone, computer, or iPad has access to a free Kindle app) and takes about an hour for a listen in its entirety. It’s practical, easy to read (and listen to), and if you’re someone who takes good advice to heart, you’ll most certainly find value in this book.
Author: Laura Vanderkam
Release Date: June, 2012
Cost: $2.99 on Kindle; $2.95 Audible Audio Version
Relevance to School Principals: Time Management