The Bezos high performance routine: sleep well, wake up early, and putter around

Once you dig past the feel-good, personal stories of a titan at home, we find here some possible gems to peak performance. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos calls out a few important habits that are worth a closer look. 1) He “prioritizes sleep,” focusing on getting 8 hours per night. The exact number of hours of sleep that is optimal remains a subject of active debate. But one thing that is beyond question, sleeping less that 7 hours is associated with reduced energy, poor decision making, reduced productivity and chronic health problems. 2) He reports that he is not rushed: he “putters around” in the morning, reading the paper, having coffee, doing the dishes. Quiet, mindless tasks may have the power to rejuvenate creativity. 3) He schedules his most important work for times when he knows his mind is at peak power. This is critical. Mr. Bezos, and most of us, have a fairly narrow window each day when we are most alert, engaged, productive, creative. Don’t schedule tough meetings requiring complex decisions when you are tired. The outcome will rarely be good.

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