Take your cues from highly successful—and crazy busy—people

By Laura Schocker
March 14, 2016

We all have the same 24 hours in a day and 168 hours in a week. But have you ever noticed that some people seem to get twice as much done as everyone else? Well chances are, they’re leveraging the power of the morning, said Laura Vanderkam, at a talk at South by Southwest’s 2016 Interactive conference in Austin on Monday. Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast ($8, amazon.com), has studied time journals of about 1,000 people. What sets apart the most successful ones, she says, is that they’re using their mornings for more than just getting ready for the rest of the day.

“Mornings are less likely to be taken away from you,” says Vanderkam. “There are fewer work emergencies at 5 a.m.” What’s more, research suggests that because people are fresh first thing in the morning, they are more likely to stick to a healthy plan or well-intentioned goal than they are at the end of a day when they’re depleted.

But don’t panic: you don’t necessarily have to get up at the crack of dawn (or skimp on sleep) to take advantage of your mornings. Here’s how to make over the first few hours of the day to set yourself up for success:

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