There are some who are early risers and others who work late into the night. Some find exercise a good way to get away from it all and others prefer a spot of meditation. To give you some inspiration to perhaps make changes, here are the typical working day arrangements of nine very different people.
We’ve asked them about what kind of structure they use, which technological tools are helpful, how they like to relax and which famous face they’d like to swap places with for a day. Each have a different approach to getting the most out of a typical working day.
Beverley Sunderland, MD at Crossland Employment Solicitors
What time do you get up, and why?
I am up at 6am, as I am most productive first thing in the morning and horribly cheerful then – the complete opposite to my husband.
What do you like to do with your time between getting up and leaving for the office?
First I let the chickens and dogs out, at my desk at 6.30am and then I work for about two hours, take the dogs out for a run, then get changed and go the office.
How glued to technology are you in the morning?
We have clients all over the world, so the first thing I do is check my email and phone, followed by BBC news online.
How do you break up a typical working day, what do you find is important?
I am learning French and so try and break up the day logging on to Duolingo for a bit of practice – although I have to make sure no-one else is listening.
What unusual quirks do you have to ensure you’re productive and efficient?
Perhaps not a quirk, but I find the best way to deal with hard work it is to categorise everything in monetary terms – if I work an hour when on holiday then that pays for the lovely meal out.
What personal time do you like to set aside, and why?
Working from home in the mornings is what keeps me relatively sane as it allows me to deal with the complex work without interruption – except when the postman comes and the dogs bark like a pack of wild animals.
What tools (technological or otherwise) are useful for you?
The delay function on Outlook, this means I can write emails to clients and colleagues whenever I want but they will not actually leave my outbox until a reasonable time of day.
How do you try and switch off in the evening, if at all?
I normally stay in the office until 7pm and then drive home to the Archers or go to the gym. I usually do at least an hour of work in the evenings as well and work probably five hours at the weekend.
What is your one mantra for a good work/life balance?
Learn to say no.
If you could swap days with one person who would it be?
The prime minister – seeing what their day looks like, I doubt I would ever complain about working too hard again.