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Book Review: My Morning Routine by Benjamin Spall

by Benjamin Spall, Michael Xander
Published by Portfolio

Book Review: My Morning Routine by Benjamin Spall

My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired is the latest self-help book making waves. It contains interviews with some influential and important business minds about their morning routines and methods for optimal productivity. It includes thoughts from “successful” authors, CEOs, entrepreneurs, artists and more. But is it as good as they say it is? 

My Morning Routine has been named one of the best business books of 2018 by Amazon, business book of the month by the Financial Times and one of the best books to read this summer by Business Insider. However, despite this book’s numerous accolades, I just can’t bring myself to recommend it and here’s why: 

For starters, it’s incredibly repetitive. There are over 300 accounts of people’s morning routines contained in this book, and I don’t know about you, but reading 300 marginally different stories about people waking up early, meditating/exercising and then getting straight onto work is incredibly monotonous.

Of course, there is some variation between each routine but for the most part all the people in the “morning exercise” section get up early and exercise; all the people in the “morning meditation” section get up early and meditate and so on and so on. Do you see what I’m getting at? One or two accounts for each type of routine would’ve been more than sufficient but I felt like I was drowning in accounts of very similar morning routines.

Secondly, most of the people interviewed in My Morning Routine, aren’t that famous. There a couple of names that are probably familiar to you such as Marie Kondo and Ariana Huffington. However, for the most part, this is a book full of unknowns. There are leaders of some top companies in here, such as Pixar and Walt Disney, but those are not the norm. Most of the hundreds included in here have written books or run companies that you may or may not have heard of, and unfortunately it’s more likely to be the latter. 

Have you heard of Foundry Group, Tease Tea or the Vanguard Group? What about the books Pivot, Foodist or Start Here Now? I’m sure these names will be familiar to some but they’re not what I’d call “household” names and as such I think this book loses it’s appeal. There is little explanation as to what each person really does or how they got to where they are so I felt like I was reading the morning routines of mere strangers, which is not particularly inspiring.

It would’ve been more interesting to have half the number of accounts but with a little more depth on each person featured because I had the feeling I was swiping through a large slideshow deck of morning routines whilst reading this book. This book is a case of quantity of quality with heaps of accounts of people’s mornings routines but little that makes this book more helpful than any other self-help book claiming to make you more productive.

The most interesting part of My Morning Routine is the conclusion, which neatly sums up the statistics collated throughout. It tells you the average amount of sleep these successful people get, whether or not they meditate or exercise, what they eat for breakfast and more. When I got to this part, I felt my brain switch on again and I found these pages really interesting and engaging, which only reiterates my point above that this book needed to put quality before quantity for greater success.

This review may seem a little harsh but having read a large number of the most popular self-help books on the market right now, I can tell you that this one just doesn’t meet the standards of the others. Self-help books are often clichéd and rarely tell you anything that, deep down, you don’t already know. However, a good self-help book will still motivate you to make some changes in your life. My Morning Routine bored me too much for me to feel inspired at all. 

BUT!

Despite my intense dislike of this book by Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander, I do really like the website that their book is born from: mymorningroutine.com. I think that these snippets can be inspirational and motivational when given in the right doses. I also think readers should be able to choose which successful people’s stories they’d like to read as different people will look up to different figures.

As such, I would highly recommend that you have a look at the website if you’re looking for morning routine motivation and even sign up to their weekly mailing list. You’ll get emailed a new morning routine each Wednesday, which might just help you kick your butt into gear. To me, this seems much more sensible than listing over 300 such entries in book format, which makes for incredibly dull reading. 

To conclude, I would not recommend purchasing the book. Simply head to the website at mymorningroutine.com for a much smaller, more inspiring and FREE dose of morning inspiration. 

*I received a complimentary review copy from Penguin UK Books, however, as always, opinions are 100% my own! 

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