My Working Day – Karen Mclellan – MD of Haines Watts (Hereford)
As the leader of a company, you are there to set an example, to lead and inspire a team individuals to achieve a series of business goals. But how do these business leaders go about their daily routine?
Business Leader spoke to Karen Mclellan, Managing Director at Haines Watts Hereford, about her working day.
WHAT TIME DO YOU USUALLY WAKE UP?
I’m very much a morning person and usually wake up way before my 6am alarm.
WHAT DO YOU TYPICALLY HAVE FOR BREAKFAST?
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. It’ll either be Weetabix and fruit or Shredded Wheat and fruit. It keeps me going until my morning cuppa when I get to the office.
WHAT IS THE REST OF YOUR MORNING ROUTINE BEFORE YOU START WORK?
I love enjoying some peace and quiet in the mornings. I’ll usually check through the previous evening’s emails and mentally run through what my plans are for the day.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DO AT THE START OF YOUR WORKING DAY?
The first thing I do without fail when I get to the office is head straight to the kitchen and put the kettle on. I’ll make a cup of tea and then assess what tasks I have for the day. I’ll also have a quick catch up with my PA to run through what my schedule looks like.
HOW DO YOU PRIORITISE YOUR DAY’S WORK?
I’m a huge fan of writing to-do lists and this is how I prioritise my day… List-making helps me stay on top of everything! By putting pen to paper, it helps free up headspace rather than having to mentally remember everything. I’m very good at staying on top of tasks and deadlines, and there’s no better feeling than crossing things off once they’ve been actioned!
DO YOU PLAN MEETINGS OR ARE THEY A WASTE OF TIME?
Planning meetings is never a waste of time; meetings are invaluable for communicating with people, whether it’s members of staff, clients or third parties. Meetings should be to the point, short and sweet, and sticking to an agenda helps to move the meeting along smoothly without missing any key points. For me, it’s important to have an agenda prepped prior to the meeting with minutes recorded and shared afterwards.
DO YOU HAVE A WORKING LUNCH OR IS IT GOOD TO TAKE A BREAK?
It’s good to take a break and step away from your desk for lunch, however, this isn’t always possible. Depending on deadlines and priorities, I’ll still try to take at least 15 minutes to recharge for the afternoon.
WHEN DOES YOUR WORKING DAY FINISH?
My working day usually finishes at 6pm so I can get home and see my children before bedtime. I’d rather start earlier and finish around the 6 o’clock mark so I have time in the evenings to switch off. As mentioned before, I am more of a morning person than an evening person; I generally function a lot more efficiently in the morning and this enables me to enjoy a balanced work and home life.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR THE NEXT DAY’S WORK?
At the end of the day, I always make sure my desk is tidy and my to-do list is updated for the day ahead. This ensures I don’t come into the office with any surprises, my head is clear and I know exactly what the next day holds.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY?
My favourite piece of tech has to be my Kindle.
HOW DO YOU SWITCH OFF?
I’m an avid reader so reading is my great escape. I often take my Kindle with me when we go away as a family travelling, so I can relax and do what I enjoy most to switch off.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
Believe in your own instinct but remember you can’t control everything; you sometimes have to let things take their own natural course.