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 McDermott – founder and MD of Trenches Law – about her working day.
What time do you usually wake up?
It completely depends on what I have planned for the day. Usually, it’s around 6.30am – I like to be up and on it, even on a weekend!
What do you typically have for breakfast?
At the moment I’m very into my protein shakes, which I’m trying to have every day – and which really do keep me full – otherwise it’s Bran Flakes.
What is the rest of your morning routine before you start work?
Two-three times a week I have a gym session with my personal trainer at 7am. If I’m not doing exercise that day, I’ll take my son to school, or drop him off at the train station before heading to work.
What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?
I always take a look at the diary, to double-check what I have on for the day and ensure I’m fully aware of my ‘to-do list’ before I get into the world of legal services!
How do you prioritise your day’s work?
I look at everything I have on, and make sure all the important stuff is going to get actioned! I quite often have set deadlines to work to – and meetings to prepare for – so it’s a case of juggling everything so it all gets done.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
Yes, I do like meetings, as they help me to take a practical approach, and enable me to get a clear picture of what’s happening on the ground, in my clients’ industries. A face-to-face encounter enables me to get to the core of the issue, plus it always helps to put a face to a name! I don’t have meetings for the sake though, never.
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
I like to take a break on a Friday if I can – and sometimes will make the effort to go out to a restaurant and grab a bite to eat as it makes a nice change.
When does your working day finish?
It completely depends, I often work up until 11pm, and longer if a deadline dictates it.
I do always try to pick up my son from the train station at 5pm, then spend some time with him before turning on the laptop in an evening.
How do you prepare for the next day’s work?
I get a good night’s sleep – it’s so important, especially if I have an early meeting. I also like to get fully prepared for anything that is in the calendar, to ensure I get the most out of the day.
Favourite piece of technology?
Without my phone I’d be completely lost – but then again I would be if I didn’t have my hairdryer or straighteners, too!
How do you switch off?
I would have once said with a glass of wine but I’ve given up alcohol – I did dry September and just carried it on! So, I enjoy watching TV and reading a good book – or walking the dog gives me some great thinking time!
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
You can do – or be – whatever you want in life!