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 Dr Adam Carey, CEO of CorPerformance , about his working day.
What time do you usually wake up?
I normally wake between 6 and 7am depending on the time I go to bed. I always try and get at least 8 hours in bed.
What do you typically have for breakfast?
I start the day with black filtered coffee and something like eggs on toast, porridge or yogurt with berries and oats.
What is the rest of your morning routine before you start work?
Often, I will train for 20-60 minutes when I wake before breakfast. If I don’t have time for this, I will always do 10 minutes of some floor exercises and stretching. Everyone has 10 minutes in their day. It turns on my metabolism for the day.
What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?
Hydrate with some water and then some kind of activity.
How do you prioritize your day’s work?
Strategically my days are planned based on the working targets the business has. This can be very varied from seeing new customers, to giving input into our App development or fundraising. I have a great team who I am lucky enough to have worked with for many years and are immensely supportive.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
I meet with customers and our developers regularly. They are never more than an hour. Internally we have two management meetings a month and a board meeting. We are very strict around timings and being mentally present in the meeting and not on your phone or laptop.
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
I travel a lot between meetings. If this is in London then usually by foot, so I get a break, can think and get my steps in every day. I try to eat when I need to not at specific times. Your body is much more flexible than we often imagine.
When does your working day finish?
Usually an hour before I go to bed. In the week days I work four days on the road and then try and work from home on a Friday, travelling on Thursday evening. This means I get to see my family for three or four nights a week. On the other days I try to maximise my efficiency. After my last meeting I will take a break, walk and get some food. Then in the evening I work until an hour or so before bed when I read and unwind before sleeping. I try to avoid all screens for at least an hour before going to bed.
How do you prepare for the next day’s work?
I often take a problem or something that has been bothering me and sleep on it. I usually find I wake with the answer. An old friend of my told me many years ago, the difference between hope and despair is a good nights sleep! The more I have learnt about the science of recovery, the more I understand the wisdom of these words.
What’s your favourite piece of technology?
Our App – it is going to change the world, we hope!
How do you switch off?
Exercise, listening or playing music and reading, plus the occasional good film.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Who said life was meant to be easy?
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