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What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

with Laura Vanderkam

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  •   01 Time Strategies for Work and Life


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About The Class

Break Your Time-Wasting Habits and Learn to Make the Most of Your Days

People love to complain about how busy they are. They lament that there are only 24 hours in a day—not enough time to get the sleep they need, do their work, spend time with their family and friends, participate in leisure activities, or pursue their dreams and add meaning to their lives.

Author, blogger and speaker Laura Vanderkam begs to differ. According to her research, we have more time each week than we think (168 hours to be exact), but the problem is we aren’t aware of how we’re spending it. She argues that by logging our activities and seeing exactly what we do each day, we can begin to use our hours for the things that will nurture our careers, our relationships and ourselves.

Vanderkam focuses first on the mornings, which the most successful people use to get critical tasks done first and set the tone for the rest of the day. She then discusses the importance of planning out our weekends so we can have fun, recharge and rejuvenate. Finally, she offers seven daily disciplines for making work hours more productive. By the end of this one-day workshop, you’ll be ready to break your old patterns and use your time more wisely.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Emulate the habits of successful people and create a more fulfilling life.
  • Create and fill out a daily diary to map out how you spend your time.
  • Identify what your dreams are and how you can pursue them.
  • Understand your core competencies and capitalize on them.
  • Figure out what your priorities are and how to make sure they come first.
  • Get in touch with what makes you feel happy and satisfied.
  • Play offense with your time by blocking in the important stuff.
  • Ignore, minimize or outsource the things you don’t want to do.
  • Stop wasting your evening hours and go to bed earlier so you can get up earlier.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Time Strategies for Work and Life

  2. 02

    Time Strategies for Work Life Pt 2

  3. 03

    Use Your Mornings Well

  4. 04

    Use Your Mornings Well Pt 2

  5. 05

    Upgrade Your Weekends

  6. 06

    Upgrade Your Weekends Pt 2

  7. 07

    How to Win at Work

  8. 08

    How to Win at Work Pt 2


Meet Your Expert

Laura Vanderkam

Laura Vanderkam is the author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (Portfolio, 2013), and 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think (Portfolio, 2010). She is a frequent contributor to Fast Company's website, and is a ... read more

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85% of students recommend this class.
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  • CreativeLiveFan


    August 2017

    Listening to the free on-air version. She's got a good presentation style - nice to get someone who doesn't have the "ums" and "uhs" every other sentence. She's engaging but also delivers good content. It's not the same old time management stuff: she's got realistic ideas and innovative suggestions. I like the way she refers to published research, too.

  • vol leo

    vol leo

    July 2019

    This class was amazing! A must for anyone that's at a stand still in life! Awesome!

  • user-0060ba

    December 2016

    This is a really useful class. It's pretty involved but you walk away with a useful plan for how to more effectively start your day.

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