读好书《What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast》



作者是写了很多畅销书的Laura Vanderkam,她的个人网站可参考,也有TED演讲



  • 1.Mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules.

  • 2.If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives.

  • 3.We have time, but it’s consumed by sound and fury that culminates in few accomplishments beyond getting out the door.

  • 4.Early mornings are the time when they have the most control of their schedules.

  • 5.In a world of constant connectivity, of managing global organizations, the day can quickly get away from you as other people’s priorities invade—sometimes even those of the people you love dearly and share a home with.

  • 6.Seizing your mornings is the equivalent of that sound financial advice to pay yourself before you pay your bills. If you wait until the end of the month to save what you have left, there will be nothing left over. Likewise, if you wait until the end of the day to do meaningful but not urgent things like exercise, pray, read, ponder how to advance your career or grow your organization, or truly give your family your best, it probably won’t happen. If it has to happen, then it has to happen first.

  • 7.In the morning, though, after a decent night’s sleep, the supply of willpower is fresh. We’re more inclined to be optimistic; one analysis of Twitter feeds from around the world found that people are more likely to use words like “awesome” and “super” between 6:00 and 9:00 a.m.

  • 8.“Once things become habitual, they operate as automatic processes, which consume less willpower.”

  • 9.Through these daily habits, you make slow, steady progress—laying the foundation for happiness, health, and wealth.

  • 10.“Ultimately, self-control lets you relax because it removes stress and enables you to conserve willpower for the important challenges.”

  • 11.The best morning rituals are activities that don’t have to happen and certainly don’t have to happen at a specific hour. These are activities that require internal motivation. The payoff isn’t as immediate as the easy pleasure of watching television or answering an email that doesn’t require an immediate response, but there are still payoffs. The best morning rituals are activities that, when practiced regularly, result in long-term benefits.
    每天坚持的事可能不会给你很快的回报,但please keep moving.

  • 12.The most successful people use their mornings for these things:
    (1)Nurturing their careers—strategizing and focused work (2) Nurturing their relationships—giving their families and friends their best (3) Nurturing themselves—exercise and spiritual and creative practices We look at each in turn

  • 13.“people will roll up their sleeves and get to work”

  • 14.Indeed, some research has suggested that morning exercise has more beneficial effects than exercising at other times.

  • 15.Part of spending your time better is knowing exactly how you’re spending it now.

  • 16.Write down what you’re doing as often as you can and in as much detail as you think will be helpful.

  • 17.If you decide that making lunches or being the first person into your office is a top priority, then do it, but understand that this is a choice and not something you “have” to do.

  • 18.Here are some other ideas for potential morning habits: painting, sketching, photography (if it’s light out), scrapbooking, crafts, writing poetry, practicing a musical instrument (if you live by yourself), reading through a religious text verse by verse, yoga, Zumba class, walking, training for a half marathon, biking, swimming, working out with a trainer, weight lifting, prayer, reading through a book of devotions, looking through your photo albums or contact list and praying for people by name, meditation, making a gratitude list, writing your own blog, writing “Morning Pages” (per Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way), writing one thousand words in a novel, writing in a journal, writing thank-you letters, reading articles in professional journals, attending a regular networking breakfast, having family breakfast, making pancakes, baking, etc., with your kids, reading together for a family book club, reading kids’ stories, reading through all the plays of Shakespeare, reading through the best novels of the twentieth century, listening to challenging music like Wagner’s Ring Cycle, playing with your kids, doing art projects with your kids, gardening, exercising with your spouse, trying a new recipe every morning, strategic career thinking, planning long-term employee career development, brainstorming new business lines or sales prospects, coming up with new projects or initiatives, studying, taking a self-paced online class.

  • 19.Surround yourself with supportive people who want to see you succeed.

  • 20.“The reason we stay in bed in the morning is because our brains get fatigued by thinking about all the things we have to do that day. We’re thinking about tasks rather than things that are making us happy,” he says. But the reverse of that is also true. “If you’re thinking about things you’re looking forward to, that makes it easy to get out of bed. What your brain focuses on becomes your reality.”


Anya Lu

Anya Lu