Use the 20 + 20 + 20 Rule to Jump-Start Your Productivity

Famed author and motivational speaker Robin Sharma often shares a morning routine that starts your day on a smart path. He calls it the 20 + 20 + 20 Rule. It’s designed to put your brain in gear, give you more focus and stamina, and help you be relaxed and motivated all day.

In 2013, Mr. Sharma wrote:

The 20 + 20 + 20 Rule I teach to my business clients to unleash massive energy and productivity:

  • First 20 minutes of your day in exercise.
  • Second 20 minutes reviewing your goals and daily plan.
  • Last 20 minutes reading something inspiring or listening to audiobooks so you outperform who you were yesterday.

Try this CONSISTENTLY for 7 days. The results will WOW you.


He calls this The Holy Hour, 60 minutes at the beginning of your day that you devote to self-mastery and personal development. As an integral part of The Holy Hour, Mr. Sharma advocates keeping a written plan and refreshing it regularly. “Research has found that the part of brain connected to writing is also connected to motor activity,” he said. “So by writing your goals, you are setting up the motor part of your brain to execute what is important to your life.”

Try the 20 + 20 + 20 Rule

Can you use this method to improve your education or career? If you’re in school, it may be a good way to light your fire for a solid day in class. If you’re at work, you could perform better and improve your status at your company. Give the 20+20+20 a test for a week to see for yourself!



In his leadership training, Robin Sharma has sold over 15 million books, such as bestsellers The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Leader Who Had No Title. Other Sharma titles include Who Will Cry When You Die and The Greatness Guide.




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