Part of what we do at the consultancy is write for and on behalf of our clients from columns to Q&As and features to news stories. A feature that often crops up amongst the business media is a version of ‘my 9 to 5’ or ‘all in a day’s work’. So, I thought I’d write my version in this week’s blog.
What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at work?
Well, I start work at 5am so the first thing I do is boil the kettle! While I’m waiting I logon to my computer and open my email, Facebook page and time sheets. More often than not I’ve already checked my emails and social media accounts on my cell, before I get to the computer. Once I’ve got my coffee I proceed with my tasks for the day, making my UK clients a priority, before those in the US reach their desks.
Suit or casual?
Casual until I liaise with a client on Skype or I have a meeting, then it’s smart.
Clear desk policy or scattered papers?
To be honest, we try to stay paperless, other than printing documents for clients, we stick to our white board, emails, Skype and the good old phone. My desk normally needs a tidy every so often though as I do have a weakness for post-its!
Coffee or tea?
Always coffee, but I am trying to drink more water (my health industry clients would be proud)!
Packed lunch, restaurant or gym?
I tend to skip lunch because I ordinarily have a late breakfast between 9am and 11am
When are you at your most productive?
I am definitely a morning person; I get the majority of my work done between 5am and 12noon. I try to arrange meetings on a single day or after 10am or 11am when my UK and Channel Islands clients have finished for the day.
How many emails do you have in your inbox?
I don’t tend to file emails so I literally have 1,000s which have accumulated since day one on August 29 2013!
What’s the last thing you do before you leave the office?
I never really leave the office as I work from my laptop and phone often. In fact I think it’s important that my clients know they can get hold of me 365 days a year 24/7, I’d want that if I was entrusting my business’ reputation in someone else's hands.