10 Leaders and the Surprising Ways They Stay Productive

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Richard Branson: Work Out!

As head and tireless spokesman of the Virgin Group and its 200 or so affiliated companies, this ebullient entrepreneur is an expert on multitasking. His number one tip for maximizing productivity: exercise. In Tim Ferriss' 2010 book The 4-Hour Body, Ferriss recounts a visit to Branson's Necker Island, where he quizzed the mogul on how to become more productive: "Branson leaned back and thought for a second…then he broke the silence. 'Work out.' He was serious and elaborated: working out gave him at least four additional hours of productive time each day."