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 Andy McCaul – director at The Bigger Boat – about his working day.
What time do you usually wake up?
Generally at about 7am, depending on whether the kids have woken up earlier!
What do you typically have for breakfast?
I usually have a bowl of cereal at the same time as my children – it’s a nice time to catch up with them before the day starts.
What is the rest of your morning routine before you start work?
For the first half of the week, my routine involves doing the school run – which is like herding cats! Towards the back end of the week, I’ll eat some breakfast and then head off to work as early as possible.
What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?
I always grab a coffee (a great coffee machine in the office is a must-have!), then check our production schedule for the day, and the week ahead.
How do you prioritise your day’s work?
I generally have a look at my workload on an evening, to establish my urgent jobs for the following day, which are typically based on deadline or importance of a task.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
Yes, they are planned and no, they’re not a waste of time. It does annoy me that people think they are pointless – it’s not the meeting itself that causes issues, it’s how you’re doing it. There are so many important factors – have a clear objective, create a time limit, only invite people who need to be there, prepare an agenda, choose to stand up…there’s a lot you can do to make it short and sweet, and most of all, effective.
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
A working lunch mainly – this is probably the major thing I should address, and never get around to doing. A break is good for both resting your eyes – if you’re staring at a screen all day – but also your mind.
When does your working day finish?
In the office, at about 6pm. I always try to get home and spend an hour with my family before either exercising or working again – depending on how well my day has gone.
How do you prepare for the next day’s work?
I prefer to have my next working day organised before I leave the office on an evening, but if I haven’t had chance to do that, I’ll do this later, from home. It’s a relatively simple job of reviewing my task list and emails, to check nothing urgent has dropped in.
Favourite piece of technology?
At the minute it’s my iPad pro, as I can do most stuff on there that I can on a laptop – and it’s more convenient. We use a lot of cloud tech in our business, which makes working from anywhere really easy.
How do you switch off?
Despite never really being keen on running, I have eventually started to enjoy it, so I try to get out two evenings a week, as well as playing football. I also love a good Netflix or Amazon Prime documentary!
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor. Ok, so it’s a boating pun, and we do love one of those. But it’s true, we learn from things that are good and bad. It’s important to know why something happened, but then move on and not dwell on it.
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