After getting my iPad stolen, I thought about replacing it, but when I thought about what I used it for—note taking, reading via Kindle (for books), Feedly (for news) and Zinio (for magazines at a great price!) and watching Netflix, I realized that I didn’t really need to pay the $600 (at least) for a new WiFi iPad plus another $100 for a keyboard. Instead, I decided to try out the Kindle Fire HD, which, even with a new bluetooth keyboad and case, was under $200. Not a bad deal, and so far, it’s working out better than the iPad, and it’s smaller, so it fits in my bag super easily.
The only thing is that it doesn’t have 3G, but since I use a MiFi from Verizon for my old iPad and my laptop, that isn’t a real factor.
But I digress.
Anyway, the point of all of that was that in using the Kindle Fire, unlike the iPad, there’s a direct hookup to the Kindle store, where I do most of my book buying. This one, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings–and Life by Laura Vanderkam popped up as a book I might like, and for $2.99, how could I say no? (That’s how they get you…)
The book is awesome—short, but it has a lot of great tips for making mornings more productive… And it embarrassed me into starting to wake up a little earlier. Working from home, scheduling can be tough, and especially in the winter, it’s sometimes hard to talk myself into getting up. But after reading this, I know now that most of the top CEOs and most prolific writers, artists, etc., are all early risers. Not just so they can get straight to work—most have morning routines for working out, reading, writing or spending time with family.
One of her main points is to not waste the morning being unproductive—again, not just productive with work. Instead, use the mornings as “nurturing time.”
She lists the three ways:
- Careers—working on non-9-5 projects, or even a networking breakfast
- Relationships—family or friend breakfast
- Self—exercise, meditation
I’m still not great about routine—and any elite-level athlete knows that most of the time, a morning workout every day in unrealistic, but I have settled in to some routines. I read The Skimm for basic news, and then check Feedly for all things cycling-related while I have breakfast, which is my top priority for the morning. What I’ve worked to stop doing is just ducking back under the covers, or getting up and getting caught up in an email wormhole. (OK, sometimes I still do both. In varying orders.)
The book is short, and reading through it felt like a lot of the points brought up were really obvious, but then again, I wasn’t acting on these “obvious” ideas, so clearly, I needed the kick in the pants to do anything about it. Worth checking out if you’re looking to increase your productivity and need a bit of a push in the right direction!
In an attempt to be more regular with this blog, I’m going to start a weekly book club post. I’d love to hear any and all book recommendations, comments, etc. You can read all of my previous book club reviews here.