What time do you wake up?
My mornings typically start at 6.30 – an early start allows me enough time to get myself ready for the day.
What do you typically have for breakfast?
When it comes to breakfast, I prefer the simpler things in life – a latte and cereal does me well. I normally don’t have that until I get to the office though.
What is the rest of your morning routine?
Before I leave the house, I like to take my dogs out for a run in the garden to give them some fresh air. Then I like to spend 20 minutes on the Peloton to get some exercise for myself!
What is the first thing you do at the start of your working day?
At the start of my working day, I check all my booked meetings for the day and review my to-do list to plan and organise my tasks Having a clear plan for the day helps me to focus!
How do you prioritise your day’s work?
Prioritising my day’s work can be very difficult as no day ever goes as planned, so I tend to use my to-do list and get the most pressing tasks done first.
Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?
Planned meetings can be useful as they help foster communication and collaboration. However, there needs to be an agenda and the meeting should include only those people who need to attend to ensure everyone’s time is being used effectively
Do you have a working lunch or do you take a break?
I don’t usually take a break – I always end up having a sandwich on the go.
When does your working day finish?
If I am in the office, which is a minimum of three days a week, I try and leave at 5.30. But it isn’t uncommon for me to log back on when I get home to handle any urgent tasks or emails
How do you prepare for the next day’s work?
I don’t prepare the night before! Once I’ve logged off for the day I make it my mission to relax and unwind before it all starts again the following day.
What’s your favourite piece of technology?
I am not really a technology person so I suppose I would have to say my iPhone – it’s convenient and keeps me connected (but not too connected!)
How do you switch off?
Walking the dogs and watching sport (any sport!).
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
When I was at university, I was told that the harder you work, the luckier you get. I’ve always believed that and tried to apply it to my work.