My Working Day – Paul Beaumont – Management Consultant
Paul Beaumont is an Elland-based management consultant who works with business leaders and Boards to increase revenues, profits and stakeholder value. We recently spoke with Paul about his working day.
What time do you usually wake up?
I’m always up at 5am and in the pool at the gym at 6am — when it opens. I’ve been swimming a couple of kilometres every morning for about 25 years now.
What do you typically have for breakfast?
Porridge when the weather is cold, or cereal when it’s warmer. I also love mushrooms on toast at the weekend.
What’s the rest of your morning routine before you start work?
I watch the news on BBC and check social media, WhatsApp, and the stock market from the previous day.
What’s the first thing you do at the start of a workday?
I check and reply to any emails received overnight or from other time zones. I’ve always worked with people all over the world, particularly the USA, Russia, the Nordics, Africa, and the Middle East. In normal times, I do a lot of business travelling, too.
How do you prioritise your work?
I usually have set meetings or Zoom meets and in between, I deal with emails and other work commitments on a strictly prioritised basis. I always have a to-do list on the go and add items as the day progresses. I make sure to leave an empty desk and in-box, every night.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
I typically research and plan meetings, making notes ahead of every appointment. Once meetings are over, I use a highlighter pen to mark all the actions that need to happen next.
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
I try and take a break. I’m mostly working from home like many other people at the moment, and I think it’s important to try to get some fresh air and a change of scenery at midday.
When does your working day finish?
I stop working at about 6pm — in that I leave my desk — but I have to admit that I answer emails and messages all night from my mobile phone. I’m an addict!
How do you prepare for your next day’s work?
I write a to-do list every evening – it’s the last thing I do before bed, alongside watching a little TV.
What’s your favourite piece of technology?
I love my iPhone, and this is closely followed by my Apple MacBookAir and my iPad.
How do you switch off?
I listen to music and have a very eclectic choice – classical, brass bands, 70s and 80s music and a good mix of modern stuff. At the moment, I’m particularly into Celest and Passenger. I also like a good malt whisky, especially a peaty one from Islay.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Actually, two pieces of advice. 1. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today and 2. If you don’t look after your customers, someone else will do.