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 Jamie Durham – Founder of Leeds-based managed IT specialist, Systemwork.
What time do you usually wake up?
I get up at 5.00am and catch up on the news with a coffee for an hour, so that I’m wide awake for 6.00am.
What do you typically have for breakfast?
I am terribly guilty of skipping breakfast, so I keep it simple and I have brown toast with butter.
What is the rest of your morning routine before you start work?
It depends on the day, but I’ll either go for a run or walk the dog. When I get back I journal what I want to achieve that day with lots of coffee! I set out everything else the night before, to limit what I need to think about, because I’m not a morning person!
What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?
I always prioritise the task that I didn’t quite finish at the end of the previous day – with the modern pace of business, there’s often something.
How do you prioritise your day’s work?
‘Income generating tasks, key resource areas and tasks’ – in that order – which is something I’ve stolen from the author Rob Moore.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
I tend to avoid in-person meetings where possible – unless they are social – because of the wasted time travelling. Some clients need to see you face to face as they work better visually, which is fine, so when this is the case I will have a mental check list that has to be achieved.
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
Again, I am guilty of not taking the time to appreciate food and I end up eating at my desk while working. But I’m sure taking a break is better – maybe that can be a 2019 resolution!
When does your working day finish?
Our workday ends at 6.00pm, but if I need to get more done I will go home, eat, run, freshen up and then head into the home office.
How do you prepare for the next day’s work?
I use Trello and have a weekly planner board which I categorise into the ‘income generating tasks, key resource areas and tasks’ I mentioned above. I make sure each day has two IGT’s, one KRA, and two tasks, which I set out at the end of the previous day.
Favourite piece of technology?
My PC set up at work is pretty cool! We have to process a lot of information across so many systems, so I’m only really comfortable at work with the multiscreen rig I have. It also has great video conferencing hardware, which is ideal for chatting to our customers in South Africa.
How do you switch off?
The only time that I truly switch off is when I’m with my daughter, partner or running.
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
“Don’t take it all so seriously” – I always try and enjoy the day and have a little fun!
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