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 Oliver Shaw – the CEO of ChicP – a raw houmous company that produces unique alternative dips using a variety of fruits and vegetables – about her working day.
What time do you usually wake up?
Winter – 7:30. Summer – 6/6:30.
What do you typically have for breakfast?
These days, I normally have coffee to start and breakfast later which can range between granola, muesli or porridge a healthy food bar I’ve made myself. Sometimes a smoothie. Occasionally I have a fast day and prefer to wait until lunch as I’m not always hungry in the morning. My oat milk Cappuccino is my favourite morning treat.
What is the rest of your morning routine before you start work?
Before breakfast, I usually do some yoga or go on a run or swim. Then head out to where I’m working and breakfast follows after that!
What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?
I normally head to a cafe where I meet my colleague Charlie and we get to work on key targets for the day and answering the first emails of the day.
How do you prioritise your days work?
I have a list of ‘reminders/to do’ and go through that, prioritising what needs to be done first. Any larger projects that need to be done I will set aside time in the day and leave everything else on the side until it’s completed.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
Yes always, I think meetings are so important. They open your eyes to new ideas, things you may be missing out on or keep you up to date with things you may have not known before. Meeting people and getting out there is key to any business.
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
More a working lunch because my breaks I consider to be when I’m on the move on my bike- which can be quite often!
When does your work day finish?
Totally depends. I’m very flexible and it depends what’s going on in the afternoon or evening. Sometimes I may finish at 5pm as I may be meeting a friend and then catch up with more work later that evening. On the whole, 6 or 6:30.
How do you prepare for the next day’s work?
I tend to finish the day knowing that I’ve ticked off everything for that day so that I have nothing lingering for the next day and can go into that day fresh. I hate having not responded to people.
How do you switch off?
Nowadays, I switch off very easily and don’t have to think about it – that’s because the business tends to run itself now and I am now working on its growth. I used to find it very difficult to switch off, always checking my emails when out but now I never do that. If I do feel like I need to switch off, exercise is key.
Best piece of advice you received?
It’s not about the money. If you love what you do and are passionate then the money will come but just enjoy what you’re doing and it will shine through.
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