The CEO Schedule

Jim Citrin asked some top executives about their daily schedules. Here is what he found. I particularly like this piece of second-hand advice:

Steve Murphy, CEO of publishing company Rodale, says, "A line in a William Blake poem inspired me to think differently about my day: 'Think in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night.' This has made a huge difference in my life. Now, I take out a yellow pad every morning and write my thoughts for the day, which allows me to be much more strategic and proactive than reactive."

I was a night owl for years, until the hot Florida summers forced me to get up and run in the early mornings. Now I can't shake it and I find that I do my best thinking in the early part of the day.

  • I really enjoyed reading this post. Actually I also believe in this proverb:
    Early to bed and early to rise
    Makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.
    I enjoyed reading the different approaches these top executives use. They are great.

  • Interesting! The schedule sounds very similar to what many middle managers are also into. Technology has brought work to our homes, it will be good to know what the families of these CEOs think about their spouses’ practice of starting the morning with emails..In my home, I am often requested to shut down my laptop and I secretly work until they are awake.