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 Martin Blunn – CTO of Solutionize Global about his working day.
What time do you usually wake up?
Somewhere between 5.30am and 6am every day – including weekends. I spent quite a few years travelling to and from London which has got me into the habit of waking up early.
What do you typically have for breakfast?
I don’t eat breakfast at the moment, but do have a cup of tea. I’m trying to reduce my calorie intake and only have two main meals a day now.
What’s the rest of your morning routine before you start work?
Exercise. I’m a keen cyclist so, depending on the time of year, I ride along the seafront near me in a circular route or jump on my turbo trainer. If I cycle, I listen to the Today programme on Radio 4 through my smart helmet.
First thing you do at the start of a workday?
Check in with my team. We are having a few daily ‘stand-ups’ at the moment, so I try and get those completed before the day really starts.
How do you prioritise your work?
I try and plan my day based on the priority of tasks, as well as complete any planned activities. Although, admittedly, it doesn’t always work if something urgent comes in ad-hoc and requires my immediate attention.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
For a meeting to be successful they need to time-bound, have an agenda and a desired outcome. I try and make sure the ones I attend have at least an agenda present.
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
I’m terrible for working through lunch and grabbing something on the go. Throughout the current lockdown, I’ve been trying to take a short break from the computer screen.
When does your working day finish?
Typically, around 6pm – but that all depends on if my day’s tasks are completed.
How do you prepare for your next day’s work?
I review my appointments and activities that are planned in for the next day, as well as address any activities that are still on my backlog. I try to think about the next day well in advance.
What’s your favourite piece of technology?
My all-time favourite technology comes from Sonos. I was an early adopter of this brand and what I like is that it just works! I also love that they still support older hardware through firmware upgrades too. Right now, a current favourite is my Apple Watch Series 6.
How do you switch off?
I work in my allotment because it’s something that’s completely different to my day job. This is, of course, dependent on weather – and the time of year – so if that’s not an option, I tend to listen to factual podcasts or binge on a new Netflix series.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
One I repeat regularly is that all agreements require a compromise from both parties. As a supplier or a customer, it’s key that any deal is seen as fair for all concerned otherwise resentment will be present throughout the contract length.