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 Sophie Eom – CEO & Co-Founder of Adriel, about her working day.
What time do you wake up and why?
I’m usually up at 6am. I like my alone time in the mornings and waking up early allows me to have a few precious quiet minutes before the day ahead.
What do you usually have for breakfast?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for me. If I don’t have a nourishing breakfast than I can’t concentrate as I’d like to throughout the day. I try to eat a variety of things, but my breakfast mainly consists of fruit and avocado on toast with eggs. I might not have lunch until later in the day so a substantial, healthy breakfast is essential to boosting productivity and making sure I’m fueled for the day.
What’s your morning routine before work?
I like to do a little bit of meditation and yoga as soon as I get out of bed and some days I’ll go for a jog. I find that this combination of exercise and meditation in the morning relaxes and energises me and puts me in a good place to start the day. After that, I’ll write a list of what I want to accomplish before I get into the office.
What’s the first thing you do to start your working day?
I check my to-do list and I knock out the most important and urgent thing that needs to be finished.
How do you prioritise your day’s work?
Running a tech startup means no day is the same. Everyday there are a new set of challenges and different decisions to be made. Whether it’s liaising with the engineering team to improve our service or identifying new sectors for Adriel to enter, I prioritise the most important task that needs to be taken care of so that I can spend the rest of my day finding alternative ways to grow the businesses.
Do you plan meetings or is that a waste of time?
I only plan meetings if they are necessary. I create an agenda on what topics need to be discussed and make sure we stick to it. Most of my meetings are short, simple and straight to the point.
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
For me, it’s necessary to take a break even if it’s just a short lunch break. My work would not be efficient if I overworked myself.
When does your day finish?
While running a startup, every day is unpredictable. Some days I may have to stay late, but if possible I try to finish my work by 8pm.
How do you prepare the next days’ work?
I review the tasks on my to-do list that I was unable to complete and prepare priorities for the next day, making sure I get enough rest so that I’m able to finish them.
What’s your favourite piece of tech?
I may be biased, but AI has to be up there as the most important piece of tech in my world. AI technology is already driving productivity and growth for businesses globally and is a game-changer for how companies communicate and work with their customers.
How do you switch off?
Unless it’s a pressing matter, I try not to think about work when I get home. Instead, I stay off my phone and enjoy my time off work whether it is watching my favourite TV show or spending time with my family. Before bed, I like to meditate and gather my thoughts to let my body know it is time to rest.
Best piece of advice you’ve been given?
The best piece of advice that I have been given is to never look back and regret, but instead to move on forward. Stay in the present and don’t waste time and energy dwelling on what could’ve been. Use that time and energy to achieve new goals and objectives.
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