Why I’m not a millionaire

So today I realised why I’m not a millionaire. (Aside from the fact my lottery numbers never come up, that is.)

Apparently there are 14 things successful people do before breakfast every day, according to an article published by the World Economic Forum, which was based on research from time management expert Laura Vanderkam.

Given that my personal idea of a successful morning involves making it out of bed and stumbling to the station in time for my train, 14 additional things seems a bit excessive to me. Let’s have a little look:

1. They wake up early

Well, this depends what you mean by early, I guess. I get up between 6 and 6.30 every day, which as far as I’m concerned is very early – but it’s not through choice; that’s just when I have to get up to make it to work on time (because one day, several years ago, I said to myself, ‘let’s move to Kent, the commute won’t be so bad’).

But I suspect that’s not what they’re getting at here. So if we’re talking about getting up earlier than absolutely necessary – I think that would be a fail.

Too early


2. They drink water

Yes… if I have time. And I remember.

3. They exercise before it falls off the to-do list

I walk (sometimes very quickly) to the station, does that count?

4. They work on a top-priority business project

I do work stuff when I get to work. Isn’t that the whole point of work?

5. They work on a personal-passion project

I’m quite passionate about sleep, so I’m counting this as a win.

6. They spend quality time with family

I’m not sure my family would be too impressed if I turned up on their doorstep demanding quality time. (Yes, I know they probably mean kids. But I don’t have any of those.)

7. They connect with their spouses

Well, this is just getting unfair. Does this mean I’ll never be a success because I’m not married? Bit rude.

8. They make their beds

Um. Maybe…?


9. They network over coffee

Ah… that would involve conversation, and I don’t do conversation in the mornings. And I also don’t drink coffee. But apart from that, it’s a solid plan.

10. They meditate to clear their minds

Funnily enough, I don’t think this is a ridiculous idea – but if I were going to meditate I’d be more likely to do it in the evening before bed, because surely that’s a better time to clear your mind than right before you go to work? Isn’t it?

11. They write down things they’re grateful for

I actually do this! But in the evenings, because, if I’m honest, in the mornings I’m rarely grateful for anything.

Gratitude journal

12. They plan and strategise while they’re fresh

That’s definitely too big a word for so early in the morning. At the most, I might occasionally think, ‘I should do that when I get to work’. And then forget to write it down.

13. They check their email

Is it bad that this is one of the first things I do, before I even get out of bed?

14. They read the news

I’ll usually do this on the train – which, to be fair, is still before breakfast. So it counts.

Basically, I don’t like mornings, so I’m doomed.

I think there’s only one solution – if I’m going to do all these things (and be happy about them), I’ll have to start having breakfast at noon. And also get married, apparently.

So that’s easy, then.

How many of these do you manage in the mornings? (If it’s all 14, please don’t tell me, as you’ll make me look bad.)


16 thoughts on “Why I’m not a millionaire

  1. I’m not convince anyone could fit all 14 in before breakfast! I think I’m on about 2.5. A few of the other things happen too… but not ’til much later in the day.

  2. Oops, just noticed the typo. Guess I should be getting some sleep rather than commenting on blog posts… especially if I’m going to get up early tomorrow.

  3. It actually sounds like you do pretty well! Except for the coffee – no one can be a morning person without coffee! Anyway, surely you can meditate (and pretty much everything else) on the train since you have plenty of time on there 🙂

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