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 Sam Smith – CEO of finnCap, about her working day.
WHAT TIME DO YOU USUALLY WAKE UP?
Around 6.45am the alarm goes off, I quickly run through my emails for anything that has come up overnight, review stock market announcements that come out at 7am, and a quick press review – then get ready for work.
WHAT DO YOU TYPICALLY HAVE FOR BREAKFAST?
Same thing every day – Bircher muesli with some fruit and nuts on top.
WHAT IS THE REST OF YOUR MORNING ROUTINE BEFORE YOU START WORK?
I have quite a strict morning routine as sets me up for the day – I go through emails as soon as I am awake, get ready and do my 5 mins hit exercises, take my breakfast with me, get out the door for 715am and get to work. I do my meditation on the way as a 15 mins walk and read the papers on the tube and make any calls I need to that are important or confidential. I am either out the door by 7.15am or take my daughter to school twice a week so leave at 8am which is usually a slightly more stressful morning!
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DO AT THE START OF YOR WORKING DAY?
First thing I do is go through my do list and try and focus on the important things rather than just the urgent things which is all too easy to forget. Meetings usually start around 930am and carry on throughout the day.
HOW DO YOU PRIORITISE YOUR DAY’S WORK?
I try to do things that only I can do – If I can delegate it to someone else, then I try to, so I can focus my time on the most important things. People issues always tend to come fairly high up the list as we are a people business.
DO YOU PLAN MEETINGS OR ARE THEY A WASTE OF TIME?
I have quite a lot of meetings and probably too many but a high number are very useful and a good source of new business or input into strategy. I try and have an objective for each meeting and a reason for being there.
DO YOU HAVE A WORKING LUNCH OR IS IT GOOD TO TAKE A BREAK?
Always a working lunch. Probably better to take a break but I haven’t done that in 20 years!
WHEN DOES YOUR WORKING DAY FINISH?
I try and leave the office at 530pm other than Thursday when I work a bit later so I can see my daughter for an hour of quality time before bed. Once she is in bed I usually do 2hrs of catching up on meetings/emails/calls so depending on what is going on I might finish anytime between 9-11pm.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR THE NEXT DAY’S WORK?
I love writing a good list and looking well in advance at my diary to forward plan anything that might come up so I am prepared. I hate last minute. I will look at my diary for the next day and make sure I am prepared as well as look forward two weeks and see if there is anything I need to fit in. I also make sure I have done all my emails before I go to bed, as I hate having an inbox that is full.
FAVOURITE PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY?
Got to be my phone, sadly.
HOW DO YOU SWITCH OFF?
Sport and exercise are great ways for me to switch off and when I get too busy and don’t have time for exercise it makes a noticeable difference. Food shopping and cooking are also make me focus on something else. It is fair to say switching off is pretty difficult.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED?
If you can get it done now then do it now.
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