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 Siddhi Mehta – founder of Rhythm 108, about her working day.
What time do you usually wake up?
I wake up at 5.30am. I love the two hours of quiet I get in the morning to get organised, clear the inbox, and have the time and headspace to think through the day’s challenges.
What do you typically have for breakfast?
When I’m at home, I make an oat, almond butter and red berry smoothie, followed by a large coffee.
What is the rest of your morning routine before you start work?
A lot of my morning routine revolves around organising for the day – from meals to work. I start with eating breakfast, while I clear out my inbox. I check in with the production team which starts work at 6am. I then make lunch, which I take with me to work. I’m all about meal prepping and planning, and there is nothing like a good home-cooked meal!.
If I can squeeze in a 30-minute workout before getting ready for work at 7.15am. I’m out the door by 7.45am and usually listening to a podcast on my way in.
What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?
Make an achievable to-do list and mark the most challenging thing on the list.
How do you prioritise your day’s work?
When I’m feeling motivated, I tackle the most challenging thing on the list first – which once completed, motivates me more. But I guess all of us have days where it’s hard to get started, and on those days I start with the quick, easy wins. Knowing which days you are feeling motivated and which you aren’t is half the battle.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
I do plan meetings. I try to bring any meeting back to three things: the purpose, the decisions, and the follow up actions. I’m not afraid to postpone meetings I haven’t had time to plan for – I feel it’s more respectful of other people’s time. There’s nothing worse than a meeting without any purpose or plan.
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
A bit of both, depending on how the day is. I really do believe it’s good to take a short break. So on days that I can, I try to take 15 minutes outside in fresh air.
When does your workday finish?
It varies – running a growing business means things come up that you could not have planned for. I try to finish by 6.30pm and on most days it happens.
How do you prepare for the next day’s work?
I go back to my morning to-do list and reshuffle it for the next day.
How do you switch off?
I read good fiction. Or you can find me hiking or skiing in the Alps, 30 minutes from where I live.
Best piece of advice you received?
“The most certain way to succeed is to just try one more time.”
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