As the leader of a company, you are there to set an example, to lead and inspire a team of individuals to achieve a series of business goals. But, how do these business leaders go about their daily routine?
Business Leader spoke to Adam Richardson, Director at Priority Space, about his working day.
Adam Richardson is the director of Priority Space, a commercial property development company based in South Yorkshire which delivers regeneration schemes across the UK.
What time do you usually wake up?
My five-year-old son normally wakes up around 6am full of beans, so I tend to get up with him. We don’t need an alarm clock in our house.
What do you typically have for breakfast?
I like to fuel my day with scrambled eggs and a coffee – the first of many throughout the day.
What is the rest of your morning routine before you start work?
My wife and I alternate days when we exercise, so I’m either getting the kids ready for school or I’m at the gym. Exercising clears my head and gets me set up for the day ahead.
What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?
I make a cup of tea, Yorkshire Tea of course, and sit down to review my to do list at our office based in Silkstone near Barnsley.
How do you prioritise your day’s work?
It’s easy to create a list of work that needs prioritising, but the hardest part is sticking to it. The property development industry is fast-moving, and things can crop up during the working day that need to be addressed straight away.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
I prefer face-to-face meetings as I find them more beneficial than exchanging emails or attending conference calls. Emails can often be misconstrued.
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
I travel to our commercial sites across the North and the Midlands quite a lot in a typical week, so I usually grab a sandwich on the go. If I’m in the office I like to take a break away from the screen and might go for a short walk in the Yorkshire countryside.
When does your working day finish?
I set up Priority Space with my business partner Lee Buchanan, so we can choose to be flexible with our working hours.
If I’m lucky enough to finish early, I’ll take the opportunity to take my kids to athletics or football. I then tend to go back in the office at night once they are in bed. Spending time with my family is important to me, so even if I’ve got a lot of work on, I always try to be there for their bedtime routine.
How do you prepare for the next day’s work?
I normally formulate a plan of action in my head the night before. I then take time in a morning to sit, review and plan the day before I start.
Favourite piece of technology?
It has to be my iPhone. I can manage everything on it, from the obvious calls, messages and emails to banking, accounting and catching up on the news and sport.
How do you switch off?
I try not to respond to work emails late at night and will leave my phone in another room if I am watching TV or reading.
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
A deal is not a deal until the money is in the bank.
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