My Working Day – Jessica Harris – Founder of Little Bandits

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 Jessica Harris, Founder of Little Bandits, about her working day.

What time do you wake up?

I wake up when my son Jonah (six-year-old) wakes up, which is usually very early, around 6 am. Occasionally, if I have a full day of meetings, I try to get up before to have half an hour of quiet before the day begins.

What do you typically have for breakfast?

I have either oats with alternative milk or dairy-free yoghurt with fruit and rye bread. Oatly is my milk of choice though, love it!

What is the rest of your morning routine?

After breakfast, it’s all about getting my son ready for school and the school drop-off. I usually get back to my desk around 8.45 am and start the working day.

What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?

I start by going through my to-do list and prioritising for the day.

How do you prioritise your day’s work?

I try to start with the things that are quick so I have satisfaction at crossing things off my list early, then work on the bigger project work.

Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?

Always plan! Unfortunately, they are still largely on Zoom, which is certainly not my preference. However, planning for me is so important to get the most from the time and to be efficient! I also try and keep some days/times blocked otherwise the week can become very full very quickly and the work starts piling up.

Do you have a working lunch or do you take a break?

Hmmm, I wish I could say I take a break, but I’m totally guilty of eating at my desk more often than not. However, I do try and have at least one walk during the day, even if it’s just to the shops.

When does your working day finish?

My workday is split into two parts. Juggling motherhood and a start-up is so challenging, but I really try hard to be as present as possible when Jonah is at home. He finishes at 3.15 pm, so I don’t often finish then but break until he’s in bed. Then I’m often working again from around 8 pm when he goes to bed until 9.30 pm or so.

How do you prepare for the next day’s work?

Before I finish work for the day, I try to make a list of the things I want to tackle the next day so that I have a rough plan.

What’s your favourite piece of technology?

I suppose it would be my phone as it enables me to respond to emails wherever I am, however, it can be a curse as well as a blessing. It’s so easy to look at emails or social when I should be switching off and I’m trying to be stricter with myself, especially in the evenings.

How do you switch off?

I love walking and being in nature, it’s where I do my best thinking but also my best relaxing. I try to have a walk most days, even if it’s for 20 minutes. I also try to read a good book at the end of each day to totally switch off before bed.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission and always trust your instincts!