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 Matt Parker – CEO of Babble about his working day.
- What time do you usually wake up?
I’m a fairly early riser, usually up before 7am. I don’t potter around, so once I’m up I’m ready to tackle the day head on.
- What do you typically have for breakfast?
If it’s left up to me, usually nothing. But, I’m by no means a picky eater, so if someone in the house is offering up breakfast, I’ll take whatever they’re offering.
- What’s the rest of your morning routine before you start work?
Has to be a coffee to get the morning off on the right foot. Right now, with the bleak weather, I light our log burner and make sure the log basket is full. This job has definitely fallen on me to do in the house, not sure why… I’m also always first up to let the dog out, and then I need to remember to let him back in again. If I can fit exercise in, I make sure I do.
- What is the first thing you do at the start of the workday?
Each day is different for me – so I make sure I know exactly what I need to achieve that day. It could be one thing or twenty.
- How do you prioritise your work?
There’s no formal process for me – my next priority is usually there in black and white, so I crack on with it.
- Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
Yes, my diary is well organised in advance. Although I try not to have back-to-back meetings all day long, it’s not a productive way of working. If you’re in a meeting and you feel there isn’t an output, then what’s the point of having it?
- When does your working day finish?
I like to keep to a normal working structure. Typically, I’ll finish anytime between 5 and 7 if there’s nothing big going on, otherwise I’ll be working later to put what I’m working on in a good position. I don’t like to cut corners at work, so I’ll dedicate the time to getting something spot on.
- How do you prepare for your next day’s work?
I don’t have a specific task for planning the next day’s work, I just make sure I can jump straight back into the key areas I’m working on first thing.
- What’s your favourite piece of technology?
Easy, my watch.
- How do you switch off?
I’ve learnt over the years that striking up a healthy work life balance is the key to real success. When the day’s done, I just manage to switch off and I concentrate on myself and my family.
- Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Just because you think it’s funny, doesn’t mean it is.” Essentially, think before you speak.