Here are hints from Fast Company magazine (December 2013/January 2014), which focuses on the most exciting people in the most exciting businesses, usually tech companies and startups, with sports and TV celebrities thrown in for good measure.
- Eat the same thing every day. According to Alexa von Tobel, CIO of LearnVest, this is a big timesaver.
- Get up early. That's 4:30 for eBay VP Steve Yankovich, 5:45 for designer Tory Burch, Coca-Cola SVP Wendy Clark and Alexa von Tobel, 6 am for Newark, NY mayor Cory Booker, 6:15 for former NBA star David Robinson, and 6:30 for novelist David Baldacci.
- Get an assistant. It works for Anthony Bourdain, who says "There's got to be somebody to receive the emails and phone calls or my head would explode."
- Hire only women. Pharrell Williams says "Women have always been my motivation, and equality is quite naturally a theme for me. So it's all estrogen: estrogenic - I'm going to coin a term -- intelligence."