What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam (5 Key Points)

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3 min readSep 14, 2022
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam (5 Key Points)
  1. Start your day with the things that matter most to you
    Mornings can be one of the most hectic times of the day. But, if you plan your mornings effectively, you can make sure you are using this time to focus on the things that matter most to you. Instead of postponing essential tasks, schedule them for the start of your day. You might feel another time would be better for this task, but daily pressures will often get in the way, and the task will be left undone. So, instead of postponing these critical tasks, you should fit them into the start of your day.
  2. Relationship with yourself
    Self-care is the third pillar for a more balanced life. It is arguably the first thing we sacrifice when life gets too busy. Again, the morning offers a fantastic opportunity to free up time for self-nurture.
    Multiple ways that you can nurture yourself:
    a) Praying Fajr/Subuh with jama’ah at nearest Mosque
    b) Morning Zikr > https://akuislam.com/panduan/al-mathurat-pagi-sughra-ringkas-rumi/
    c) Recite Al-Qur’an
    d) Read more
  3. Track Your Time and Imagine Your Ideal Morning
    You can start making your morning more productive by tracking the time you spend on specific tasks over the week. A week consists of 168 hours. Although this might seem like a lot, this time can waste away if you do not understand where that time is going. This is where time management becomes so important. The problem with time management is it is rarely about how you spend your mornings. Instead, it is about what you do with the rest of your day.
  4. Sleep early
    One act that can have a detrimental effect on your morning is your bedtime. Late nights can prevent you from waking up early. Additionally, they can also leave you feeling unproductive when you do wake up early. A good night’s sleep is integral to the efficiency of your morning routine.
    It is easy to fall into the trap of staying up late. For example, you could watch TV and lose track of time or remember a task you forgot to do that day. But burning the candle at both ends isn’t a sustainable approach. Staying up late to finish a job you forgot about will only reduce tomorrow’s efficiency.

    Aisha reported: “The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would not sleep before evening prayer (Isyak) and he would not stay up after it (Isyak).” (Source: Sunan Ibn Mājah 702)
  5. Pre-Plan weekend activities
    “You need to hit Monday ready to go… To do that, you need weekends that rejuvenate you, rather than exhaust or disappoint you.” — Laura Vanderkam.

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اللهم صل على محمد وآل محمد
(Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad wa ali Muhammad)
سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ وَ بِحَمْدِهِ ، سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ الْعَظِيمِ
(SubhanAllahi wa biHamdihi, SubhanAllahil adzim)
سبحانك اللهم وبحمدك أشهد ان لا إله إلا أنت أستغفرك وآتوب إليك
(Subhanakallahumma wabihamdika asyhadu allaailaaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa atuubu ilaika)

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