Arts & Entertainment, Business

Using Your Time Effectively

Bob Iger

Lesson time 6:10 min

To demonstrate how to use your time effectively, Bob shares in detail how he structures his day to make the most of it. He talks about making time for focus and reveals just how early he wakes up.

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Topics include: Structuring the Day - 4:15 a.m. • 6:30 a.m. - Arrive at Office • 4:30 p.m. - Head Home Early • Infusing Creativity Into Every Day


[MUSIC PLAYING] - Oh, come now. Dry those tears. Even miracles take a little time. CINDERELLA: Miracles? - Mm-hmm. MOUSE: Oh, lookie, lookie! [MUSIC PLAYING] - I happen to believe that in every day you need to have some quiet time to think, where you're not really being bombarded by external forces. In some cases, you're not doing email, you're not watching television, you're not doing anything really but enabling yourself to concentrate on whatever it is you might be anticipating or what you are planning to do. That's vital. It also, I think, is energy producing in a way because while it might not necessarily be the greatest form of relaxation-- because you're thinking about work-- you're at least thinking about work-- thinking in a very effective and efficient way. And I find that when I can be alone with my thoughts about work, my thoughts tend to be far more focused and have a lot more clarity. I have a mental checklist that exists at all times, and it's fairly lengthy in nature. Occasionally, I write down on a piece of paper things that I must do, but typically there are only two or three of them, while, in my head, the list sometimes could be 10 to 20 items on it. [MUSIC PLAYING] My job demands a lot of my time and a lot of energy, and so I've adjusted my daily routine over the years to enable me to do my job effectively. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is I workout. And I workout in solitude, typically in a darkened room, listening to music. There's a television on, but there's no sound. That's probably not necessarily a great commercial for our television programs, but I tend to use the music sort of as a means of meditating in a way. And during that workout, which I do, as I said, alone, I get a chance to really think about things. It's my most creative time in many ways. I also make sure that I don't look at any email before I work out. Because if I do so, that tends to distract me and, at times, can really be mood changing in nature. And I need that time to be kind of cleansed of too many external forces or influences so that I can really have clarity of thought. [MUSIC PLAYING] I typically get to the office sometime between 6:30 and a quarter to 7:00 in the morning most mornings. I travel a lot so I'm not at the office every day. But when I am in town, which is in Los Angeles, and I have an office day planned, I tend to be the first one there. I turn the lights on and make the coffee. I don't like to walk into the office, get to work, and immediately be bombarded by external forces. I like easing into my day a little bit more. It's just what has worked for me, whether it's psychological or whether it's physiological. The saying, "The early bird catches the worm," is one of the oldest cliches in the books, but there happens to be a lot of truth to that. I happen to believe that showing up early-- first of all, it gives me more solitude. It gives the ability to b...

About the Instructor

In an era of disruption, Disney CEO Bob Iger led one of the world’s most beloved brands to unprecedented success with the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. Now, through case studies and lessons from 45 years in media, Bob teaches you how to evolve your business and career. Learn strategies for expanding a brand, leading with integrity, and making big moves—from risk management to the art of negotiation.

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Disney CEO Bob Iger teaches you the leadership skills and strategies he used to reimagine one of the world’s most beloved brands.

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