My Working Day – Gail Waterman – Co-Founder of Watermans
As the leader of a company, you are there to set an example and 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? We spoke to Gail Waterman, Co-Founder of Watermans, about their working day.
What time do you wake up?
I normally wake up at 6.40am.
What do you typically have for breakfast?
Coffee and poached eggs on toast.
What is the rest of your morning routine?
I shower and apply my makeup and have an early morning coffee. I fed our 13 guard dogs while also feeding the other animals. We have sheep, goats, and a donkey. I fix the boys some breakfast and drive them to school which is a 40-minute drive away.
What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?
I make calls to my accountant, I check my emails and I spend 20 minutes spending emails and editing Tik Tok content.
How do you prioritise your day’s work?
Having run a hair salon for 22 years, my skill set is in HR, PR, and finances. I try to work through my to-do list and get everything sorted before the end of the day.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
Meetings are planned.
Do you have a working lunch or do you take a break?
I never take a lunch break because I set off at 3 pm for school pick up, making calls all the way there! Once I’ve made the kid’s tea, I’m back on the laptop editing social posts.
When does your working day finish?
How do you prepare for the next day’s work?
Writing notes, planning social media posts and Tik Toks.
What’s your favourite piece of technology?
How do you switch off?
When I need to relax, I go to the gym or run a bath and play a 10-minute meditation recording on YouTube it makes a massive difference.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
Learn from your failures if something doesn’t work immediately pick yourself up and try again.
Be prepared to work hard – working nine-to-five will not turn you into an entrepreneur. You must be prepared to work around the clock.