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 Carson Booth – Chief Operating Officer of POS8 (Fetch My Order) about his working day.
What time do you usually wake up?
First or second time? Always between 3-4am and then for the day at 0615 (everyday)
What do you typically have for breakfast?
Coffee – never been a breakfast eater unless on the weekend. When I do, it varied from croissant, waffles, American or Mexican.
What is the rest of your morning routine?
Working from home has changed this – when my daughter is with me its getting her fed/dressed and out the door, then its coffee and email clean up, early morning calls eastward, walk, shower, work.
What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?
A little social media, stock market and then overnight emails, usually while preparing coffee.
How do you prioritise your day’s work?
Urgent issues followed by clearing issues where I am a bottleneck so my team can get going, then flipping between easy and hard/long tasks. I like to clear items when they come in when I can and must have a manageable inbox.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
I plan very short and constructive meetings – regular meetings are always kept, but are shortened based on agenda – even if it’s a quick hello, how are you doing, need anything and speak again soon.
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
Usually a working lunch if home working. Without COVID, I cherished team or individual lunches as a way to catchup, share an meal and continue to build trust and communications.
When does your working day finish?
Varies due to time zones and my business schedule with my daughter – sometimes 9-10pm but try to keep these very rare, sometimes 430-5 if I need some family time. I don’t count hours but count productivity.
How do you prepare for the next day’s work?
Most importantly find a finishing point where I am comfortable to stop or leave the work for the next day. If something is incomplete or nagging, I will carry it through the night, so I try to find a moment to say its ok to stop now. I’ve always said, work will always fill the amount of time allocated to it.
What’s your favourite piece of technology?
Love my iPhone/iPad. But I now have a “smart home” and I really enjoy the automation I have with lights, heat, blinds, presence, etc. I’ve seen my energy use cut by 1/3 even though I work from home most of the time.
How do you switch off?
Love Yoga, wine, friends, traveling. I miss traveling really bad – it’s been such core to my business and personal life for 30 years that I am desperate to eat street food in some weird undiscovered alleyway somewhere soon.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A couple – a) a problem shared is a problem halved, b) always invest in life-long learning skills and leave the rest to on-the-job training, c) I’d rather a company invest in me than the size of my office.