How Jimmy Haslam manages Pilot Flying J and the Cleveland Browns – Business Insider

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Jimmy Haslam has an exact formula for a productive day.

The billionaire investor is the CEO of the the Pilot Company (which operates Pilot Flying J, North America's biggest truck-stop chain), and he's also the co-owner of the Cleveland Browns football team.

Haslam gave Business Insider an exclusive rundown of how he sets up his day for success.

Like Haslam, many leaders have long touted the success of having a precise schedule. Research also backs this up.

A study co-authored by the University of Chicago shows that having a regimented schedule actually increases productivity. Rameet Chawla, founder of the mobile design and development company Fueled, told Entrepreneur that having a consistent schedule allows him to prioritize his tasks and maximize the amount of work he gets done.

Here's how Haslam spends his days.

5:45 a.m. He begins his day and reviews various petroleum margins that come out around midnight the previous evening.

6 a.m. Haslam reviews morning sales reports, then checks and responds to emails and voice messages.

6:45 or 7 a.m. The CEO takes part it regular morning workouts.

Having a morning workout has proven benefits. A study from the University of North Carolina found that exercise is a great way to boost cortisol, which makes you feel more awake in the morning.

This is a common practice among successful leaders, too. Steve Reinemund, the former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, runs four miles on the treadmill a little after 5 a.m.

8 a.m. - Haslam begins his workday for the Pilot Company and Cleveland Browns.

The start of Haslam's busy week is reserved for the Cleveland Browns. Haslam has owned the NFL team since 2012.

While Haslam's schedule varies from week to week, he often sets aside two days specifically for the football team. During that time, he schedules meetings and discusses the business side of the Browns. This includes calls with operations, sales, and finance teams.

Haslam begins his workday on these days with various meetings and calls with senior leadership. The meetings are either with finance, operations, or human resources.

By about midday, Haslam catches up on emails and voice messages. Next, he takes time to plan out his future schedule. He sets aside a day or two for visiting Pilot Flying J site and for looking at real estate for future truck stops.

After this, he will schedule calls with the Cleveland Browns' senior leadership. At the end of the day, he finishes going through emails and voice messages.

Haslam and his wife, Dee, have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Usually, Haslam uses the weekends to decompress. This means taking a walk or spending time with his grandkids.

Haslam wants employees to take this advice as well. While working remotely, the company is restricting meetings and calls from 5 to 7 p.m., USA Today reports. Therefore, workers can spend time with their families.

"We talked about it was going to be a marathon, not a sprint," Haslam told USA Today. "We talked about taking care of yourself."

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