How CEOs manage their time

In a recent article published by the Wall Street Journal they asked top CEOs how they manage their time at work. It’s a fascinating insight into their productivity and prioritization techniques; here’s what they said:

Jeff Weiner, CEO, LinkedIn:

“First you have to distinguish, because people just get caught up in the day to day flow and if challenges are coming at them fast and furious there is a natural tendency to just solve one problem after another. Part of the key to time management is carving out time to think, as opposed to constantly reacting. And during that thinking time, you’re not only thinking strategically, thinking proactively, thinking longer-term, but you’re literally thinking about what is urgent versus important, and trying to strike that right balance.”

Kevin Roberts, CEO, Saatchi and Saatchi

“The secret to work-life integration is to never back down and not to compromise and don’t do stuff that you know you don’t like. And that sounds very easy and it sounds like, ‘Well you can say that because you’re the CEO,’ but I’ve been like that ever since I was seven.”

Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft

Steve Ballmer at MIX in 2008. Français : Steve...

“In terms of time management. I’m very proud of what I do. I’ve got a spreadsheet, it’s got a budget—my time for the year …  how much time I’ll be in or out of Seattle, with customers and partners, formal meetings, free weeks, free days, free half-days, vacations, one-one-one, I’m not saying when they’re going to happen, I budget all of this time. I try to make sure that I have enough time to do my free weeks, days, etc, and to do, to think, to investigate and learn more about something new; I’m pretty tough about that. I give the budget allocation to my administrative assistants, they lay it all out and then anybody who asks for time, they say, ‘Steve, this is in budget, it’s not in budget, how do you want us to handle it?’”

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