The CEO of a $US36 billion tech company breaks down the intense daily schedule that he says sets him up for success

Intuit CEO Brad SmithBrad SmithIntuit CEO Brad Smith said he’s an ‘early to bed and early to rise kind of guy.’

For Intuit CEO Brad Smith, time is everything.

“The three resources we have in our jobs are dollars, people, and time,” he told Business Insider.

You can always ask for more money and volunteers, he said.

“But you can never get any more time,” he said. “So be really thoughtful about where is the highest impact place for you to spend your time. Treasure that. Be really clear about where you’re going to spend your time.”

Smith, who runs the $US36 billion finance and business software company behind products like TurboTax and QuickBooks, described most of his days as a “roller coaster ride.” Still, he likes to stick to an intensive schedule, in order to make the most of his time.

Here’s how Smith breaks down his day:

Smith gets up at 5:30 a.m. every morning, seven days a week, for a P90X workout. While exercising, he watches CNBC. 'I'm an early to bed and early to rise kind of guy,' he said.

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'Trust me when I tell you, I don't wake up at 5:30 a.m. fighting to get out of bed,' he said. 'And I don't love working out. I love feeling good and healthy and having something on my to do list already checked off by the time I'm in the office.'

Smith said he organizes his day around a '100-point plan' -- dividing his time into swaths of 40%, 30%, 20%, and 10%. As such, he spends 40% of his time on product reviews.

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He devotes the 30% bracket to 'meeting with large groups of employees to try to grow and develop and hear what's on their mind.'

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Smith also spends 20% of his time sitting on the boards of other companies, including SurveyMonkey and Nordstrom.

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Smith said the remaining 10% is devoted to watching TED Talks and reading books.

At the end of his busy day, Smith winds down by heading home, eating dinner with his family, and watching a TV show before bed.

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