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 Janine Matcha – UK founder of Matcha Now, about her working day.
What time do you usually wake up?
I am usually wide awake by 5am. My four-month-old makes sure of that, along with my ever-growing to-do list which is like an alarm going off in my head!
What do you typically have for breakfast?
I have a shake most mornings. I try to change it up but my favourite is made with banana, blueberries, oats, spinach, cacao powder, almond milk, almond butter and a green algae powder for an extra boost of goodness.
What is the rest of your morning routine before you start work?
If I manage to climb out of bed without any of the kids waking, I try to take 10-15 minutes to have some quiet time to meditate, write in my gratitude journal and make a plan for the day. Once the kids are awake, it’s feeding time! I am still breastfeeding Betsy my four-month old, so I juggle this with getting breakfast for my four-year old Ronnie. Once they are both dressed, Ronnie is off to nursery, then Kirk will take Betsy so I can get my exercise done for the day. I am definitely a morning person in terms of working out as it puts a spring in my step for the rest of the day and really makes me start the day on a positive note.
What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?
I check emails and usually flag things in order of priority that need to be dealt with. I am extremely anal with my organisation and all my emails are flagged different colours in relation to their importance and category. So you can imagine what the rest of my office is like!
How do you prioritise your day’s work?
There is always so much to deal with when running a business without any team as such. I do take on many hats so I need to ensure I am as organised as I can be. I try to set days to deal with different areas of the business for example, Wednesday is an accounting day, Tuesday chasing up on leads and new business, Monday getting up to date with emails. It doesn’t always work that way, a curve ball will get thrown at some point to throw me off track, but I try to stick to it as best I can!
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
Yes I do plan and attend meetings. I enjoy getting out of the office at home and meeting with clients or other business colleagues. Working for yourself can become quite a lonely job if you don’t!
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
I try to take a lunch break much more these days than I used to. Juggling my four-month old with work, really means I need as much energy as possible so making sure I take at least 30 minutes is a must.
When does your working day finish?
I try to finish work around 5pm before Ronnie comes home from nursery, if I don’t finish what I need to do then I might steal another hour after the kids go to bed! It depends what the workload is like and how urgent things are at the time.
How do you prepare for the next day’s work?
Making sure I have a restful evening to recharge and reflect. I usually create my to-do list that evening for the following day once I know what things I have not completed.
Favourite piece of technology?
I love my laptop as I can’t type emails on my phone and I’m always hitting the wrong buttons. There’s definitely an art to that!
How do you switch off?
Spending time with my kids, a long bath with candles, mediation and exercise are an important part of my wellbeing and really give me a sense of calm and clarity.
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
You’ll never be ‘on top’ of your ever growing to do list – so stop trying!
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