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Meetings, emails, thinking? How do business leaders spend their working days?

Meetings, emails, thinking? How do business leaders spend their working days?


CEO time

60% of CEO time is taken up by meetings; CEOs spend 25% of their time on phone calls and at public events; only 15% of CEO time is spent working alone.


56% of managers visit work-related websites during their free time and 30% read work-related books.

Chartered Management Institute

Time with Others

CEOs spend the majority of their time with other people (83%). Of these, most are employees of the same firm, but many are not. On average, CEOs spend 42% of their time with insiders only, 25% with both insiders and outsiders and 16% with outsiders alone.


85% of CEOs say they exercise daily. 70% begin their day with a workout of some kind while 15% exercise between meetings or during a lunch hour.


Unpaid work

Managers spend an average of 2.5 hours a week doing unpaid research in their own time.

Lunch breaks

Executives take an average lunch break of 35 minutes, though they also work through lunch three days a week.

Information searches

Managers spend up to two hours a day searching for information; yet the same managers felt half the information they found to be useless.



It has been estimated that managers can spend two to three hours each day reading, sending  and responding to emails.

Industry breakdown

Across industries, managers spend 30% to 60% of their time on administrative work and meetings and 10% to 50% on non-managerial tasks (travelling, participating in training, taking breaks, conducting special projects or undertaking direct customer service or sales themselves).

They spend only 10% to 40% actually managing employees by, for example, coaching them directly.


Just 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs have Twitter accounts.

Only 50% of the accounts are active.


On average, paperwork and related tasks consume 11.6 hours per week of a manager’s time, with senior managers both spending more time on these tasks and finding it more disruptive than middle managers.

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