A day in the life of a CEO

Here is a typical day for me as the CEO of Treehouse. As many of you probably know, we work a 4-day week.

Monday – Thursday

  • 4:54 AM – Wake up. I use the ‘Crickets’ alarm on my iPhone and turn the volume down to 1.
  • 5:00 AM – Eat a cold slice of chicken or ham. Make a coffee or mix up aGoodness Greens glass. Eating right away starts my metabolism and gets my body burning calories. Goodness Greens is just more green veggies in my system, which can never be a bad thing.
  • 5:05 AM – Make a point of appreciating all that is good about my life, instead of immediately rushing into my day. I often take a deep breath and sit out on our deck for a few minutes.
  • 5:10 AM – Sit down at my iMac and open up Chrome. Three tabs auto open:TrelloGoogle Calendar and Team Gantt.
  • 5:10 AM – 5:30 AM – Go over my todos in Trello and allocate things to my ‘This Week’ list. I wrote a detailed post about managing my todos if you’re interested (see #2).
  • 5:30 – 7:00 AM – Examine our company road map in Team Gantt. I’m a big-picture person so I need to see the overall goals, if we’re missing anything and how we’re progressing. This is a deep-thinking session. I need the quiet of the morning to completely focus on this. I believe this is one of the most important jobs of a CEO.
  • 7:00 – 7:30 AM – Bring coffee up to my wife Gill (who’s just waking up) and sit in bed and chat while the boys run around for a bit. I love this time.
  • 7:30 – 9:00 AM – Shower, eat breakfast and prep the kids for their school
  • 9:00 – 9:30 AM – Crank through todos
  • 9:30 – 11:00 AM – Hop on my bike and head to the gym. I work out for an hour and the bike ride takes 15 minutes either side.
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Meet with Alan, our Chief Product Officer and plan out the tasks for the Product Team for the week. We also chat about Road Map and make adjustments accordingly. As the Founder and CEO of Treehouse, I really need this time to bounce ideas, fears and questions off someone. This meeting with Alan is great for this.
  • 12:00 – 12:30 PM – Lunch with Gill and the kids (I work at home)
  • 12:30 – 3:30 PM – Crank through todos or do meetings
  • 3:30 – 4:00 PM – Product meeting over Go to Meeting. These often involve UX discussions and wireframing
  • 4:00 – 6:00 PM – Finish more todos or meetings
  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM – Put the kids down to bed. Put them in the bath and then read stories. I love the stories part. We’re starting to read fun books now like Trouble for Trumpets (my favorite book of all time).
  • 7:00 – 10:00 PM – Dinner with Gill and chill-out time. We often watch TV or spend time reading books or blogging.
  • 10:00 PM – Hop in bed and try to not get sucked into reading blogs on my iPhone (I use Reeder).
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