How to use your genetics to set up a productive daily routine

Brian Donnelli.
Courtesy of Brian Donnelly

  • Brian Donnelly is chief commercial officer of Ancestry.
  • Donnelly says she starts each day by conquering her mind with a dip in the cold at 5 a.m.
  • Plan his entire day to play to his genetic and behavioral strengths.

This recounted essay is based on a conversation with Brian Donnelly, a 40-year commercial manager at Ancestry from San Diego, California on his productivity hacks. It has been edited for length and clarity.

I have recently gained a greater understanding of my behavioral strengths as they relate to my genetics. I am a “morning person” as confirmed by my AncestryDNA genetic traits, so I start my day early and have a daily morning routine.

As CCO, productivity and focus are key, so I’ve cultivated four habits to achieve them. One is cold dip.

I first became interested in cold exposure after reading about the benefits associated with immunity, energy and recovery.

Now I wake up early and start each day with a five-minute dip in 39 degrees

One of the things I like most is the mind over matter aspect of this daily routine and starting the day with the willpower needed to do the hard work.

I’d like to tell you that it gets easier every day, but it doesn’t and that’s part of what I love about it. Most mornings I find my mind trying to convince me to skip a day, do it later, or get out early.

Starting the day by conquering my mind and doing each little task step by step to get in front of the tub, put my foot in, soak my body, and stay in it for five minutes methodically prepares me to get through whatever day has in store, no matter how may seem difficult at the moment.

I organized my entire day to take advantage of my genetic and behavioral strengths

I often wake up around 5 in the morning. This allows me to mentally prepare for the day, set clear goals for what I hope to accomplish by the end, review any pre-read documents that have been submitted, and ensure I’m set for maximum productivity throughout the day.

I also reserve my most focused and creative time for mornings for tasks that require deep concentration and decision making. This allows me to leverage my peak cognitive abilities to tackle critical challenges head-on. Then I reserve the afternoon for follow-up and 1:1 meetings.

On the flip side, I’m not a night owl. I recognize the value of quality sleep as a productivity hack and prioritize sleep and recovery. I use a wearable device that monitors sleep and recovery, versus daily exertion, and adjusts my sleep habits to maximize recovery.

I implement two-way decision making

This approach is a staple of how I think and approach decision making. It allows my team and I to move quickly through the day, maximizing high-speed decision making. It’s also one of the biggest lessons I learned when I served as an executive officer at Amazon.

Here’s how it works: I always evaluate whether a decision I’m making is an irreversible one-way decision that can’t be reversed. Alternatively, I wonder if a potential decision can easily be corrected if the outcome is not what I expected a “two-way door” decision, because you can backtrack on the decision.

Jeff Bezos said that about 90% of the decisions we make are two-way door decisions and that not treating two-way door decisions as one-way door decisions is the key to unlocking speed.

Speed ​​matters at every stage of your business, regardless of company size, but you must choose and insist on a culture that rewards speed and high-impact, high-velocity decision making.

I live and die by my Outlook calendar for both personal and professional events. I book everything that is important to me: family and personal time; key meetings to run a business; time to interact with the team, mentees and mentors; and time to think. This is the glue of this framework.

My wife sends me calendar invitations to important events, and I reserve personal time each day that I never sacrifice: coffee with my wife, breakfast with my kids, exercise, a nighttime routine with the kids, and relaxing time with my wife . When I travel, I book FaceTime for the family.

Finally, I prioritize impact

Knowing that I will eventually forget almost everything I do on any given day, I optimize my calendar to pick the things that give me the best chance of making the greatest professional and personal impact.

I also plan staff time which includes regular 1:1 meetings, leadership team meetings and mentor-mentee meetings. I don’t change it to accommodate urgent or casual requests.

I shorten meeting lengths as often as possible and reserve time to travel between meetings, snacks, bio breaks, and asynchronous meetings. Also, setting aside time to think was life changing.

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