My Working Day – Rachel Tipograph – Founder and CEO of MikMak
As the leader of a company, you are there to set an example and 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? We spoke to Rachel Tipograph, Founder and CEO of MikMak, about her working day.
What time do you wake up?
I typically wake up around 6am on weekdays, 8am on weekends.
What do you typically have for breakfast?
Yoghurt with berries and coffee.
What is the rest of your morning routine?
I try to workout four to five days a week, each time doing something different – spinning, boxing, running, tennis, weightlifting are usually in the mix. I’m also usually responsible for walking our dog before I start work.
What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?
I prefer to get urgent matters out of the way, and take care of the most important items on my to do list.
How do you prioritise your day’s work?
I’m a morning person, so I aim to take care of the most important items at the beginning of my day to make use of that. Whether that’s working on an important deliverable, meeting with a customer or having a challenging conversation – I find if you do the hardest thing first, your day can net out positive.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
I’m a planner. I personally operate better in an environment where matters are scheduled. That being said, I know that every day something will happen that is unexpected and I try to ensure that only 75% of my day is scheduled to handle the unexpected.
Do you have a working lunch or do you take a break?
I’m the worst about making time for lunch but I will somehow find a way to shove food in my mouth midday.
When does your working day finish?
My brain usually stops functioning around 6pm. By that point, I need to go do something that’s away from my computer. I’d rather wake up early to finish any urgent items than take care of them late.
How do you prepare for the next day’s work?
I always write down my to-dos for the next day at the end of each day. I also tend to look to rearrange my calendar for following days if it no longer reflects the reality of the business.
What’s your favourite piece of technology?
My iPhone – I run my entire company from it.
How do you switch off?
I try to protect my weekends. I aim to get as much done as possible during the weekdays, so I can try to have one and a half days a week where I do not work. Rest is so important. Socialising with family and friends gives me energy and being outside rejuvenates me. Try to enjoy your weekends!
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
Invest in your happiness.