The revolution starts before breakfast

What a launch! Welcome to all the new blog readers who visited for the first time yesterday. I apologize if you showed up between 2-4 p.m. eastern, when the website crashed. We’ve fixed that up, so hopefully you’ll give the site another chance. 

My new ebook, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, was delivered to all sorts of e-readers yesterday. As I’m writing this, it’s ranked #90 in the paid Kindle non-fiction list (#581 overall in paid Kindle. I guess there’s a lot of fiction on Kindle…). If you haven’t already purchased a copy, please do! Here are a few of the sites that gave it a shout-out:

Fast Company published an excerpt that’s been running on the home page big chunks of the past 24 hours, complete with a photo of a yummy-looking breakfast.

Jessica Stillman’s Inc post “Want to be more successful? Change your mornings” has been sending hundreds of people over here. Hello, Inc readers! There’s lots here on time management and productivity, particularly for entrepreneurial sorts.

MoneySavingMom ran a guest post called “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast” that urges moms to get up an hour or so before their kids. It’s got 78 comments and the thread is still going strong.

At CBS MoneyWatch I wrote about “How to change your life before breakfast.

Lorie at The Clutter Diet blog asks “What Do You Get Done Before Breakfast?

Wandering Scientist wrote a post called “A new routine” in which she describes getting up at 5:55 a.m. to exercise, do yoga, or write. She started that routine after evening rush hour traffic kept her from a work-out. As she put it, “I realized that mornings are the only time of day I control. That control is tenuous, since my kids are still young enough to need company when they wake up in the morning, but it is more than I have at any other time of the day. There is no traffic, or chief science officer wanting a late meeting, or crisis with the databases. There is just me, the crisp morning air, and whatever I want to do with the time.”

A Spirited Mind reviews the ebook. Catherine writes “After reading this book, I was inspired to start keeping my time logs again, and I find that just writing down what I do at different times is often enough to remind me not to waste time.”

Natural Moms Talk Radio writes about “What the Happiest Moms Do Before Breakfast.” Carrie also quotes Crystal (of MoneySavingMom) and Anne (of Modern Mrs. Darcy) about their morning routines.

Nicole and Maggie take issue with my Jillian Michaels/new-mom weightloss assertions in a post called “Musings on why weight targets bother me.” This is an interesting post if you’re tired of reading about what people do before breakfast. Of course, it does require reading more about my attempts to get down to 125 lbs, so that may not be any better.

Charlsye Smith Diaz, PhD writes a nice review of the ebook too. And I know there are more, but this post is getting long enough as it is!

As for what I did #beforebreakfast on book launch day? I slept in. I’m serious. It was rainy, which means that the baby who normally wakes me up with the sun — meaning I never set an alarm clock — decided not to wake up until much, much later. I got up before she did…at 7:20. I took the 5-year-old to the grocery store to buy breakfast, since we had company visiting and we needed bagels. So there we go. I’m happy to say that I’ve spent the past two days doing some potential #beforebreakfast activities at other points in the day, however, as we showed our visitors around. We went biking at Valley Forge National Park and we went running at Wissahickon park here in Philly. My 13-year-old cross-country star niece set quite a pace!

What have you been doing before breakfast?

3 thoughts on “The revolution starts before breakfast

  1. Thanks for the mention Laura 🙂

    After reading your post on Crystal’s blog, I’m thankful my kids have never been super early risers. I wonder if some of the commenters have thought of having DAD put the little ones to bed so they can turn in earlier (and wake up earlier?). That’s the routine in my household. 🙂

    And it felt great to get the 3 things on my morning to do list knocked off before anyone stirred.

  2. I am glad I found your blog today. I particularly like your 168h worksheet. Committing to a daily routine is probably one of the biggest challenges for online business owners. I recently wrote about the Pomodoro technique and your reporting method is a great complement to this technique!

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