Secrets Of The Hyper-Productive

01 April 2020
CEO, John Foley, Businessman, Lifestyle, Peloton, Productivity
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John Foley is the founder and CEO of the cult spinning company Peloton. Here’s how he gets things done

06:00 - Hydrate mindfully

“The first thing I do, almost before I open my eyes, is go to the sink and, from my hand, take 30 sips of water. Someone told me that it jump-starts your body.”

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06:45 - Hit a cardio session

“I used to do 45 minutes; it’s closer to 30 minutes now that I have two children. I go down to our living room and generally do a Peloton ride to start my day.”

07:45 - Read newsletters

“As well as a couple of hundred emails a day to deal with, there are probably 10 different daily mailing lists that I am on. [I recommend] The Information, a thing on Silicon Valley that is kind of an ‘inside baseball’ for tech.”

09:00 - Work outside the office

“On average, I get down to a coffee house once a day. Sometimes I take a pad of paper. Often you think differently with a pen in hand, away from email.”

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10:00 - Book a meeting with yourself

“If there’s something I need to get done – say I need to write a letter to the shareholders – I will create a two-hour meeting with myself on Google Calendar and that’s the time I dedicate to writing the letter.”

12:30 - Walk and talk your way to lunch

“Lunch is generally grabbing a sandwich and coming back to my desk, so often I ask someone if they want to come with me and get seven minutes of conversation in transit.”

16:00 - Take 10 minutes of exercise

“There’s a former US Marine on the IT help desk – a young guy in pretty good shape. A couple of times a week I’ll grab him and say, ‘Do you have five minutes?’ He and I will go to the gym here at Peloton and we’ll challenge each other to a pull-up competition.”

17:00 - Maintain your network

“So many people stop off in New York [where Peloton is based]. A couple of times a week friends, business contacts or investors are in town and want to connect.”

18:00 - Don’t clock off

“I never find a need for a moratorium on being in ‘work mode’; my blood pressure doesn’t change. I enjoy my work and the people I work with, so there’s not really any time when I turn it off.”

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19:00 - Make family time

“My wife and I are trying to do family night once a week. I’m also the coach of my daughter’s softball team and my son’s baseball and basketball teams. It really is my happy place to be out there – I feel like a good father.”