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 Tim Williams, CEO of YR, about his working day.
What time do you wake up?
I wake up around 7-730am in the week, and as late as I can on the weekends without wasting too much time. I travel a lot so my waking up times can be dictated by calls at odd hours so I can keep in touch with other countries.
What do you usually have for breakfast?
My favourite, although cliched, is avocado on toast or in a sandwich. If I have had time and pre-planning I will make it myself, otherwise its Pod on my way to our offices. In New York, our office is next to an amazing bakery and I am slightly obsessed with their everything croissant.
What’s your morning routine before work?
I check my WhatsApp messages and emails whilst in bed, means I set myself up mentally for the day ahead and make sure I am in front of any issues. I shower and then walk to the office which is great for clearing my head and having exercise – I am lucky in that I can walk to our offices in New York and London. I have to start with coffee and a banana before getting into calls, emails or meetings. I usually don’t have breakfast until 1030 as I tend to eat late in the evenings.
What’s the first thing you do to start your working day?
Checking my emails and messages when I wake up is good for me, it cuts down on time wasted in the office and means I spend my time when I arrive at the office meeting the team and making calls. As I travel heavily, my working day and starts do tend to vary.
How do you prioritise your day’s work?
I have a long to do list and prioritise that from top to bottom, with urgent items to get done during the day highlighted – I make sure they are achievable but also a curve ball will come along during the day, or multiple things to solve quickly. I like the variety in my day and that at YR we still have a disruptive and start up culture, its good not just to follow my to do list now and again.
Do you plan meetings or is that a waste of time?
I always plan meetings – fail to plan plan to fail always rings true.
Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?
I try and have time away from my desk and get outside, get some air and stretch my legs – not always possible but I try. We are trying to eat together as a business, its a really good time to decompress and talk about things other than the work in hand and office things. Its great to learn more about people that you spend so much time with!
When does your day finish?
Oooooof. I would love to say I finish at 6 sharp and turn my phone off but its not true. Some nights I am away at 6, others 11, sometimes later. Some days I am travelling so I take time out and reflect, so when I am office based I tend to cram a lot in to those days. It works for me.
How do you prepare the next day’s work?
I prioritise my to do list and tighten it up each night. I move the things that need to get done to the top of my list and try and remove, delete or delegate anything that can not get done. The more we have grown our business the more I have had to get tough on to do list tasks. So I do try and be efficient, not always possible when you are as lovely at looking after our clients as I am.
What’s your favourite piece of tech?
My laptop. Without it, the business would fail to operate. I mean, I love tech, I have a Samsung Note which is blazingly fast and I love keeping things simple. I work in tech and software 24/7 yet surprisingly I don’t have many gadgets, I found they gathered dust.
How do you switch off?
I love to cook, so when I leave the office at a reasonable time I make something for me, maybe for friends too if I am lucky, and if I am really planning ahead I might make enough for my lunch the next day. I love to walk around and take in the surroundings, as I am always travelling I can’t always cook – so walking and getting to know a new place is a good second. Skiing is up there but I have yet to arrange a trip this year.
Best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Best advice has to be focus – hone in on what you do and do it really really well. We try.
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