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 Sharon Keegan – Founder of Peachylean about her working day.
What time do you usually wake up?
5:45 – for a 5k run with my best pal Emma, then home for breakfast.
What do you typically have for breakfast?
Coffee, eggs and sourdough toast.
What is the rest of your morning routine?
I have two young boys Bob and Liam. Bob is two years old and Liam is six years old so getting them fed, dressed, lunches ready and out the door for creche and school.
School run finishes at 9:00am then I go home to start work.
What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?
Make myself a second coffee, I sit and write a list for the day, prioritising each to do with a number.
I tend to eat the frog first, that’s doing the task on the list I least want to do, we call it eating the frog.
I find that when I have eaten the frog the rest of the tasks on this list are less daunting.
How do you prioritise your day’s work?
After numbering my list and eating the frog which helps with procrastination, as a founder and working mum there is no set 9-5 working day. I don’t take lunch breaks, I work at my kitchen table when boys are at school and I tend to be extremely focused in these hours. I do work some evenings too, but I manage to always prioritise a walk, a run, or a workout as this helps with focus and mindset. I am always bowled over by the way women get so much done in an eight hr day.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
Nowadays meetings are super important as we are working remotely and need human energy, inspiration and collaboration. I do find that Zooms and GMeets can go on a bit, so we do need to be a bit more direct with our communication style, too much zoom not enough Vroom!
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
I work through lunch as it’s my most focused time, I do eat on the fly but I always make time in the day to move my body; a walk, a run or workout.
This is fundamentally a game changer for anyone looking to work at a higher level and excel in business or career. It creates a balance for the mind and body allowing you to cope with stress and anxiety. It instils great confidence, self-assurance and self-esteem and I recommend anyone to plan at least 30 mins a day for yourself. It’s a game changer.
A workout a day keeps the darkness away!
When does your working day finish?
When I say the words ‘night, night’ having read another chapter of ‘James and the giant peach’ and send my boys off to the land of nod with a little kiss on their forehead. I do finally rest in front of the tv after a long day of work.
How do you prepare for the next day’s work?
I have to be honest I don’t prep for an average day, if there’s an event then I will prep by getting everything ready, reading over notes, researching the opportunity etc. But every evening I set out my running gear, I will have my boys’ clothes laid out and I always check my calendar – that’s about it.
What’s your favourite piece of technology?
My IPhone – it’s my shop, my wallet, my graphic designer, my bank, my portal to a global audience. I can reach thousands of people in many countries from my iphone. I can literally work from the top of a mountain if I want to.
How do you switch off?
When I lift a heavy barbell, ride a horse, swim in the ocean, dance to great music – I do something that encourages me to be in the moment.. with these things you can’t help but be present and in the moment.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
That the most valuable item you possess is time.
You can’t own, or buy it,
You can only spend it.
And if you spend it wisely, you will always be rich.