My Working Day – Rose Bax – Bax Botanics

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 Rose Bax from Bax Botanics about her working day.

What time do you wake up?

6:30am.

What do you typically have for breakfast?

I somehow got out of the habit of eating breakfast (very bad I know).  Tea and Coffee is all I have in the morning.

What is the rest of your morning routine?

The first thing I do each morning, once I have a cup of tea in my hand and never before, is wash the dishes.  We are very lucky to live out in the countryside and the view from the kitchen window over rolling fields combined with the simple task of cleaning has become almost meditative and prepares my mind for the day.

What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?

The day always starts with checking the overnight emails, messages, and social media. Now that we sell internationally through various time zones, many things can happen when I am fast asleep.

How do you prioritise your day’s work?

I love a list!  After checking the overnight messages I will always spend a little time getting together a list of priorities. “Must do nows”, “Look at later todays” and “As soon as I cans”.  Without a list I’d be lost!

Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?

Meetings are not a waste of time, but I do like them to be concise and structured. I find that if you don’t have a good agenda then they can be unproductive and an unwanted distraction.

Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?

It is definitely good to take a break.  I don’t necessarily have a break at lunchtime.  I don’t need it to be as structured as that, but getting a bit of “headspace” to think about other things apart from work during the day is invaluable.

When does your working day finish?

That varies and depends very much on what is happening.  I would say 6.00pm earliest but usually by 7.30pm. My husband Chris usually starts giving me hints to stop at around 7.00pm!

How do you prepare for the next day’s work?

Both Chris and I love food and cooking and we like to wind down over the preparation and eating of our evening meal. I think that a well-balanced diet is so important for a healthy and productive life. The creative process of producing and enjoying a meal together nourishes my soul as well as my body.

What is your favourite piece of technology?

To be honest, I have a difficult relationship with technology.  It is incredibly useful but I really don’t love it.  If I had to choose it would be the camera on my phone.  I use it for work and play and it is the technology I would most miss.

How do you switch off?

I love my garden and spend time tending to it whenever I can. I am a plant lover and at my most content walking in nature looking at, identifying and exploring new plants.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?

Many years ago my granny told me that “patience is a virtue”. I still find it very hard to wait for things, but I do still hear her wise words reminding me and it always helps.

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