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How do your work habits compare?

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All peak performers do certain things: put in long hours, exercise, work in family time, etc. But they also have idiosyncrasies or secrets for making sure that they stay at the top of their game. What’s remarkable is how much their work habits vary.


Google Vice President Marissa Mayer reads all her e-mail ... up to 800 a day. So does HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman. They’re always on the lookout for hidden gems.

Federal Judge Richard Posner takes his laptop practically everywhere for reading or writing legal opinions, a book or a blog.

Bill Gross, chief investment officer at bond fund Pimco, practices yoga every morning.

Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault in France and Nissan in Japan, follows a rigid schedule. One-topic meetings never run longer than 90 minutes unless they’re operational: half for presentation, half for discussion.

Thomas Edison did his best work at night, and boasted that he never kept a clock anywhere in his workroom.

What secrets help you work at your peak?

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